I am desperately trying to get caught up on weekly updates. Sorry for the slackerness! Here is what is going on at 33 weeks:
How your baby’s growing:
This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark (about the size of a pineapple). He’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.
How your life’s changing:
As your baby fills out even more of your belly, lots of things might start to change: Whereas before you were sashaying, you may find yourself waddling. Finding an easy position to sit in — let alone sleep — is becoming more of a challenge. And bumping into chairs and counters is par for the course. You may be feeling some achiness and even numbness in your fingers, wrists, and hands. Like many other tissues in your body, those in your wrist can retain fluid, which can increase pressure in the carpal tunnel, a bony canal in your wrist. Nerves that run through this “tunnel” may end up pinched, creating numbness; tingling, shooting or burning pain; or a dull ache. Try wearing a splint to stabilize your wrist or propping your arm up with a pillow when you sleep. If your work requires repetitive hand movements (at a keyboard or on an assembly line, for instance), remember to stretch your hands when you take breaks — which should be frequently. Many women are still feeling sexy at this stage — and their partners often agree. You may need to make some adjustments, but for most women, sex during pregnancy is fine right up until their water breaks or their labor starts.
How far along? 33 weeks
Total weight gain: 19 lbs
Maternity clothes? Since I am on bed rest, I have mostly been wearing yoga pants and pj’s around most of the day.
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Been getting plenty! Bed rest is definitely good for resting!
Best moment this week: A friend of mine went out and picked up some last minute things we needed for baby. I felt so relieved to have that done.
Miss Anything? Yes! Cleaning my house, cooking, shopping, going to church, pretty much everything that doesn’t included being confined to the couch!
Movement: Lots of constant, daily movement!
Food cravings: Fruit, milk, and peanut butter. I’ve also been eating a high protein diet in order to hopefully pack on the baby pounds before she arrives in a few short weeks. My goal is to get her to 5 pounds by her birth.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Gender prediction: Baby girl!
Labor Signs: A few Braxton Hicks this week.
Symptoms: Round ligament pain, spider veins, varicose veins, shortness of breath, rib pain, back & leg pain (from lying around).
Belly Button in or out? Pretty flat.
Wedding rings on or off? Back on this week. After I took it off last week, I was a nervous wreck because I couldn’t find them. I always put them in the same spot when I take them off…in a little glass dish by my sink. Luckily, after lots of persuasion, my hubs took apart the sink and there was my ring. After that, I squeezed that ring back on my swollen fingers. I can’t believe I almost lost it. I would have been devastated!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, bored, excited, and SUPER nervous!
Looking forward to: Meeting baby B on August 6th. Getting closer and closer with each passing day!!!