29 Weeks!

29 weeks!

I can’t believe we are so close to 30 weeks. With each week that passes I am so grateful, so excited and getting so nervous. Not too much longer now!!!

Here’s what is going on this week according to Baby Center:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (about the size of a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

Your baby’s very active now. Your healthcare provider may ask you to spend some time each day counting kicks and will give you specific instructions on how to do this. Let your provider know if you ever notice that your baby is becoming less active. You may need a nonstress test or biophysical profile to check on your baby’s condition.

Some old friends — heartburn and constipation — may take center stage now. The pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation, coupled with the crowding in your abdomen, slows digestion. Sluggish digestion can cause gas and heartburn — especially after a big meal — and contribute to constipation.

Your growing uterus may also be contributing to hemorrhoids. These swollen blood vessels in your rectal area are common during pregnancy. Fortunately, they usually clear up in the weeks after giving birth.

If they’re itchy or painful, try soaking in a sitz bath or applying cold compresses medicated with witch hazel to the affected area. Avoid sitting or standing for long stretches. Talk with your provider before using any over-the-counter remedies during pregnancy, and let your provider know if you have any rectal bleeding. To prevent constipation, eat a high-fiber diet, drink plenty of water, and get some regular exercise.

Some women get something called “supine hypotensive syndrome” during pregnancy. This happens when lying flat on your back causes a change in heart rate and blood pressure that makes you feel dizzy until you change position. You might notice that you feel lightheaded if you stand up too quickly, too. To avoid “the spins,” lie on your side rather than your back, and move slowly as you go from lying down to sitting and then standing.

How far along?  29 weeks
Total weight gain:  16 lbs. Still not up any weight from last week :-(. My OB is going to be so mad at me. I am trying so hard to gain weight…and nothing! Hopefully baby girl is getting bigger, that’s all I care about! I am planning to continue upping my protein intake. Maybe I should up my ice cream intake too 🙂
Maternity clothes? I am loving how comfortable maternity is (especially maternity jeans) but still wearing lots of normal clothes, like sundresses, as well.
Stretch marks?  I keep checking, but none yet!
Sleep:  This last week has been rough with sleep. Not due to pregnancy, but due to nesting and decorating the nursery. I don’t think I went to bed once before 12:00 am this whole week. And I even stayed up until 5 am the night (or morning) my mom and aunt came into town to help with the nursery. They arrived at 3:30 am and we stayed up chatting until the sun came up. That was a rough next day!
Best moment this week: Getting the nursery almost finished, and having my mom feel baby girl kick and get the hiccups!
Miss Anything? Nope!
Movement:  Still lots of strong movements!
Food cravings:  Still fruit & Milk. And my mom made French onion soup this week. YUM!!!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Gender prediction: It’s a girl!
Labor Signs:  Thankfully, no! 
Symptoms: Round ligament pain, spider veins, varicose veins, a little ankle/foot swelling in the evenings, shortness of breath.
Belly Button in or out?  In…but barely. It is maybe more flat than in this week.  
Wedding rings on or off?  On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy (but feeling nervous and anxious as well)!
Looking forward to: My perinatologist appt tomorrow at 11. I am excited to see baby girl, looking forward to getting some of my questions answered about the Vasa Previa, and nervous and excited about getting a gameplan possibly for the rest of the pregnancy. Still hoping and praying for a miracle! Also excited to get the few last details hung in the nursery and then share pics. It is sooooo close to being done!!!

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