Monday, August 30, 2010

32 weeks

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

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.To accommodate you and your baby's growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.  You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your caregiver know right away, particularly if you haven't had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.  Assuming it's not preterm labor that's ailing you, you can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.

As for me, no changes at all this week.  Still eating the same things, still feeling good, but a little tired, and having a little back pain here and there, but nothing significant.  I'm still a little more tired than normal, and LOVED sleeping in over our 4 day weekend.  Noah continues to move with force, catching me off guard at times.  Most of the time we can feel exactly where he is in my belly (almost always on the right side), and we can feel firm little body parts that he moves when we poke at them enough.  He either sleeps at night when I sleep, or I sleep deep enough that I don't wake up to him moving.  He still loves music and gets very excited during worship services.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Shannon! You are looking adorable and it sounds like you're doing great. Not long to go now! Take care. :)