Saturday, September 30, 2017

24 Weeks!!!

Im 24 weeks pregnant today! The fetus is now considered a BABY! It now has a 50% chance of living if born today! The baby has been moving and kicking, and i believe has a sleep pattern! If you touch my belly you can feel the kicks and jabs! For the past week ive been suffering from a tooth ache. Its been keeping me up at night despite the medication i received from my doctor. Ive had ALOT of heartburn. Maybe the baby will have lots of hair when born. On October 6, i have my 3rd ultrasound to see if the baby has turned or the partial placenta previa has moved to a safer location for delivery. I'm expecting good news; at least about the placenta previa. I can feel the kicks in my groin, so i know the baby is still positioned facing downwards, instead of upwards.

 Facts:

Your baby may have been through another growth spurt, and is now estimated to weigh up to 1.5 lbs and measure 8.5 inches from head to bottom. Physically, the way your baby is now is much the same as how your baby will be at birth. If you opt for a 3D scan, you'll be able to see all those tiny facial features that you'll recognize at the birth.
Your baby's skin is beginning to change about now. With the development of the blood vessels in the lungs and elsewhere in the body, the skin is now has a reddish/pinkish tint to it. This is the first step in the skin becoming opaque and much more like regular skin. Do you know what else makes your baby look more human? Nipples! The nipples form around now, on both boys and girls, although boys nipples are really just so they don't feel left out!
From 24 weeks onwards, a certain hormone present in the cord blood, Adiponectin, begins to increase, and levels are expected to be 20 times as much as they are now when your due date approaches. This hormone has many purposes, including anti inflammatory properties, but it's main function is to regulate your baby's growth. From now on, you can expect your baby to be putting on about half a pound each week in weight on average.

Monday, September 25, 2017

23 Weeks Pregnant

Im 23.3 weeks pregnant, and he's moving and kicking! The movements are strong now. There's no more fluttering. At 23 weeks Little Tino has a chance to survive if born early, but we can wait. He's actually moving around as i type. Next week October 6,  i get another ultrasound to see if he's turned any, or if the Partial Placenta Previa has moved to a safer position away from my uterus.

Facts:

Your baby may have been through another growth spurt, and is now estimated to weigh up to 1.5 lbs and measure 8.5 inches from head to bottom. Physically, the way your baby is now is much the same as how your baby will be at birth. If you opt for a 3D scan, you'll be able to see all those tiny facial features that you'll recognize at the birth.
Your baby's skin is beginning to change about now. With the development of the blood vessels in the lungs and elsewhere in the body, the skin is now has a reddish/pinkish tint to it. This is the first step in the skin becoming opaque and much more like regular skin. Do you know what else makes your baby look more human? Nipples! The nipples form around now, on both boys and girls, although boys nipples are really just so they don't feel left out!
From 24 weeks onwards, a certain hormone present in the cord blood, Adiponectin, begins to increase, and levels are expected to be 20 times as much as they are now when your due date approaches. This hormone has many purposes, including anti inflammatory properties, but it's main function is to regulate your baby's growth. From now on, you can expect your baby to be putting on about half a pound each week in weight on average.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Name Has Been Determined

The little Prince name will be 'Tino'.


Meaning
  1. sensibleness; intelligence; reasonableness; moral integrity; good sense of judgement

Portuguese  

Noun
tino m (plural tinos)
  1. common sense (the ability to make good judgements based on reason)
  2. tact (the power of doing what is required by circumstances)
  3. cautiousness, prudence

Spanish

Noun

tino m (uncountable)
  1. skill, ability
  2. good sense, judgement
  3. moderation, prudence
  4. tact, propriety

Urban Definition: A man that is dropdead amazing. good looking, great personality, any one who went out with him is lucky. a great piece of work.



Friday, September 15, 2017

22 wks pregnant

Im 22 weeks pregnant and the baby is moving more and more. So far he's breech, but chances are he will turn in time. I have been experiencing heartburn and backaches. Backaches occurring especially when im standing for an extended period of time. Ive already started diaper shopping. Around 6-7 months pregnant i'll begin clothes shopping.


Facts

Your baby has been doing more and more growing and now weighs about 1 whole pound! A full term baby will likely grow 6 to 8 times as big between now and the birth, so if you think your belly is massive now, you may be in for a shock! Your not-so-little one will also measure about 11 inches, having grown about an inch already since your ultrasound.
Although your baby's eyes are still fused shut, the combination of the eyes sensing light and the ears hearing sounds means Baby might be starting to differentiate day and night. Some babies pick up the habit of night sleeping while still in the womb, and may fall into a more established nighttime routine quicker than babies who don't, but that still doesn't mean you'll be getting your 8 hours beauty sleep I'm afraid. Newborns need feeding roughly every 3 hours, and usually won't be ready to sleep through the night until at least 6 months of age.
Your baby's ears are picking up more and more of the surrounding noise, and the most prominent sound will be the beating sound of your heart, and the muffled noises of the blood pumping through the placenta. Your baby will remember these sounds after the birth, and many babies can be soothed by being placed on Mom's chest above the heart, or by being subjected to white noise. It may seem odd, but you'll be surprised how quickly your baby settles to the sound of your washer or dryer!
Your baby still has plenty of room to move in the womb, so lots of acrobatics are normal. Your midwife may have a feel and a guess as to the baby's position and while the preferred position for birth is head down, your baby will likely still be in the head up, or "breech" position at this point. He or she still has plenty of time to flip over.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Partial Placenta Previa

The doctor was not in the office during the ultrasound, but just reviewed the exam and called to let me know i have placenta previa. The placenta is partially covering my cervix and a C-section may be required for delivery. (my worst fear) I have been asked to abstain from sexual intercourse and may be placed on bed rest. I have another ultrasound in 4 weeks to see if the placenta has moved.

Placenta Previa

The placenta is a structure that develops inside your uterus during pregnancy, providing oxygen and nutrition to and removing wastes from your baby. The placenta connects to your baby through the umbilical cord. In most pregnancies, the placenta attaches at the top or side of the uterus.
Placenta previa (pluh-SEN-tuh PREH-vee-uh) occurs when a baby's placenta partially or totally covers the mother's cervix — the outlet for the uterus. Placenta previa can cause severe bleeding during pregnancy and delivery.
If you have placenta previa, you might bleed throughout your pregnancy and during your delivery. Your health care provider will recommend avoiding activities that might cause contractions, including having sex, douching, using tampons, or engaging in activities that can increase your risk of bleeding, such as running, squatting, and jumping.
You'll need a C-section to deliver your baby if the placenta previa doesn't resolve.

Friday, September 8, 2017

IT'S A BOY!!!!

I just left the Ultrasound office. I weighed 203.6 lbs today. After almost missing this appointment again!, i was still able to be seen and found out we're having a BABY BOY!!!!! YAAAAHHH!!! :)
It currently weighs 14 oz and is approx. 21 weeks old. Due to be born on 1.20.18


FACTS:

Your baby has been doing more and more growing and now weighs about 1 whole pound! A full term baby will likely grow 6 to 8 times as big between now and the birth, so if you think your belly is massive now, you may be in for a shock! Your not-so-little one will also measure about 11 inches, having grown about an inch already since your ultrasound.
Although your baby's eyes are still fused shut, the combination of the eyes sensing light and the ears hearing sounds means Baby might be starting to differentiate day and night. Some babies pick up the habit of night sleeping while still in the womb, and may fall into a more established nighttime routine quicker than babies who don't, but that still doesn't mean you'll be getting your 8 hours beauty sleep I'm afraid. Newborns need feeding roughly every 3 hours, and usually won't be ready to sleep through the night until at least 6 months of age.
Your baby's ears are picking up more and more of the surrounding noise, and the most prominent sound will be the beating sound of your heart, and the muffled noises of the blood pumping through the placenta. Your baby will remember these sounds after the birth, and many babies can be soothed by being placed on Mom's chest above the heart, or by being subjected to white noise. It may seem odd, but you'll be surprised how quickly your baby settles to the sound of your washer or dryer!
Your baby still has plenty of room to move in the womb, so lots of acrobatics are normal. Your midwife may have a feel and a guess as to the baby's position and while the preferred position for birth is head down, your baby will likely still be in the head up, or "breech" position at this point. He or she still has plenty of time to flip over.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

21 Weeks Pregnant

Today i went to my regular doctors appointment. My original doctor Adams is back. He's been my doctor well over 10 years now. My next appointment is in 4 weeks, at which time i will be doing my glucose test which tests for gestational diabetes, i think. Today, I weighed in @ 201.8 lbs. The test results came back that tests for genetic disorders and abnormalities and they were negative! We're having a healthy baby!!! The baby has been moving more frequently and the kicks, punches, and twirls have gotten stronger! Tomorrow i go in for my second ultrasound, and will finally know the gender of the baby! :)

Facts:

Healthcare professionals will now liken your baby to a carrot or banana when giving you an indication of size. 10.5 inches is about average, and about 12.5 ounces. He or she has certainly done a lot of growing lately, but there's still much more to come.
This week, your baby's taste buds start to develop, and your baby can taste while in the womb! Much like how our diets influence bodily secretions (I'll say no more...!), what we eat can also change the taste of amniotic fluid. That may seem strange, but what's even more bizarre is that research has found a link between the taste experienced in utero and the dietary preferences of not only babies and toddlers but adults too!
With the rising obesity crisis, researchers are now suggesting that antenatal diet can help keep the new generations fit and healthy, and are starting to use the concept at motivation for Moms-to-be to eat well during their pregnancies.
Your baby will most likely have its own little routine now, consisting of sleep and play times. You may notice your baby is an early riser, waking you up in the mornings with a gymnastics display, and you might notice them have a little nap after lunch. Your baby is likely to continue with this routine after the birth, so if you've got a night owl on your hands you may want to make the most of your sleep now while you've got the chance!

Friday, September 1, 2017

20 Weeks Pregnant!

I'm 20 weeks pregnant! That's halfway there!!! I cant believe in 20 more weeks i'll be giving birth! On Friday i'm scheduled to have my second ultrasound. The first one was rescheduled and the next date is September 8th. The baby has been moving more often, not any stronger than i've felt the weeks before but more frequently for sure. On September 8th, i'll be 21 weeks weeks, and i will reveal the gender @ approx 11am EST.


Facts:

Once again, your baby has done some serious growing in the last week, and is now expected to weigh about 10.5 ounces. Based on your baby's measurements which will be taken during the scan (which should be about 6.5 inches from head to bottom, and then an extra 4 inches for the legs), your sonographer may be able to provide a more accurate weight.
Your baby is starting to swallow more and more of the amniotic fluid now, and the digestive system is working hard. This means that your baby's first "number 2" is bulking up. Known as meconium, this green/black sticky poop is likely to fill up your baby's first diaper nicely.
As the ultrasound will show, your baby is pretty much fully formed, and is just really putting on weight now ready for surviving in the outside world. The sonographer will be able to show you all the facial features, and they can be seen in such detail that the Doctor will be looking for evidence of a cleft lip or palate which may require surgery.
The sonographer will also be checking that all four chambers of the heart have formed and are functioning well, along with the kidneys and lungs. The size and shape of the brain will be looked at, along with the bones of the spine. The stomach and abdomen region is clearly visible, and the external limbs will be checked, although fingers and toes may be difficult to count because the pressure on your abdomen may mean Baby's squirming quite a bit!
The genetalia should be very evident, if you wanted to find out the sex. Some do, some don't. Your baby boy will have a developed penis and scrotum. Baby girls are more difficult to distinguish, so sonographers usually look for the absence of the penis, or for three lines that identify the vulva. Some babies are a bit camera shy and keep their bits well hidden, so you may not be able to find out if you're team pink or team blue until the birth.

3 Months Old

I haven't updated in awhile because ive been super busy enjoying this handsome young guy. I will update with some milestones on a new pa...