Sunday, August 1, 2010

28 weeks

Here's what is going on with Noah this week, according to;

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.  You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester. At this point, you'll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven't yet had follow-up testing, you'll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you're Rh negative, you'll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you'll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.) Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant "creepy-crawly" sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what's known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it's relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.

As for me, not really any changes.  Still getting bigger (do I really need to gain 11 more pounds!!!!????  I'm huge already!).  Still hungry a lot.  Still getting a little minor lower back pain from time to time, but nothing bad.  Still getting a few very mild calf cramps from time to time, but hardly worth mentioning.  Still HOT all of the time, but that probably has something to do with the temperatures above 100 degrees lately.  I'm still loving all things pickled, olives, fruit, and sausage/ hot dogs.  At one of the baby showers I attended this weekend they had pigs in a blanket made with hot dogs and I was in pure bliss enjoying one!  I have a doctor's appointment this Wednesday for my initial glucose screening test.


1 comment:

Mary said...

You look so cute in this dress! Good luck with the glucose test this week! At least you'll have an hour of forced down-time. I think Jason and I played Travel Scrabble while I was getting mine done :-)