Friday, December 11, 2009

32 Weeks- a Jicama??????

Okay, what the 'F' is a jicama?? These are getting ridiculous!!

Baby Stribs - 32 Weeks
How your baby's growing: 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. (WOOHOO!! - not the taking up s[ace part, but the weight part) You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. (Actually, I am gaining about 2 pounds, which is the normal 3T weight gain for twins, however, I am not 100% certain that a pound of that is going to the babies. I am thinking they are going to my thighs, arms, and face - what happened to them taking all the food I am eating?? I miss those days!) 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.

How your life's changing: 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. (or all of the above, in my case) To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.(sorry, can't do it. I am a constant hunger monger, and smaller meals are not going to cut it)

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.


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