Tuesday, July 7, 2009

34 weeks

At this point, we're in the "all-clear" zone as far as premature labor. Which was not something I've been worried about. But it was fun to hear my brother Bo's girlfriend Tami report that she and her team of neonatial intensive care providers wouldn't even see our tiny human.

So: 34 weeks, according to BabyCenter:

"How your baby's growing:
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies."

So, yay! I'd rather have her come out with some fat on her tiny bones, because babies usually lose weight in the first few days until breast feeding really sticks.

And now, more about me!

"How your life's changing:
By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you're under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now's the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond). If you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, don't jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy.

"If you notice itchy red bumps or welts on your belly and possibly your thighs and buttocks as well, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP for short). Up to one percent of pregnant women develop PUPPP, which is harmless but can be quite uncomfortable. See your practitioner so she can make sure it's not a more serious problem, provide treatment to make you more comfortable, and refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. Also be sure to call her if you feel intense itchiness all over your body, even if you don't have a rash. It could signal a liver problem."

Fatigue: Well, I sure get tired when I get tired. I can go go go, just like before, but when I slow down, it might take me a full day to feel like going again. And, as hard as it is to admit, I embrace this. Comatose for a few hours, lots of naps, more meat eating, and then I'm back to multi-tasking.

I haven't had any of the rashes or dizzineses thus far. And I only wake up to pee once at night. And that's just habit.

The little lady, does, however, deliver the occasional quick kick to my bladder. Which feels weird. But I've yet to run to the bathroom or had to drop my drawers on a hike. I do use the "I'm pregnant and have to use the bathroom" in order to escape conversations sometimes. Like I said, I get tired...

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