Tuesday, November 28, 2017

32 Weeks: 8 Months Pregnant

Today i went in for my 4th ultrasound to check on the growing baby. And am now having to be seen my the sonographer on the weekly basis. I actually had 3 doctors appointments today, including one for big sister Sage who is now 10 years old, and 2 for me.
At my doctors appointment my blood pressure was kinda high, the midwife continued to check my pressure back to back until it showed lower signs.
Now at 32 weeks and 6 days pregnant im scheduled to be seen every 2 weeks by my doctor now that the delivery date is approaching.
At my second appointment (at the ultrasound office) which was 3 hours later, my blood pressure still tested higher than normal. Instead of denying the high level like my midwife did, i was retested about 30 minutes later, after the ultrasound was completed, and my blood pressure was still showing as too high. So now im being treated for high blood pressure as well as gestational diabetes! Not to mention the carpal tunnel syndrome!
This will in fact be my last pregnancy! At 34 years old with these pregnancy conditions? I'm not risking it again.

The baby was awake! And nibbling on his hand. He was said to be laughing or smiling according to the sonographer. Which i couldnt really tell. But i did see his cheeks as if he were smiling. I was also able to see him chewing on his hand, which was pretty cool to watch the activity going on inside of my belly. He weighs almost 5 lbs! 4lbs, 11oz. So he's just right as far as size goes, and not overweight at all. Which is more than i can say for myself. Today i weighed in @ 224 lbs! My last pregnancy my total weight was 170lbs! Which i though was pretty hefty even then!


Facts:

Your baby will probably surpass the 4 lb mark this week, and is pretty much as tall as he or she will be at the birth. The lungs are continuing to develop and your baby is busy practicing for taking those first breaths very soon.
Your baby's brain is hugely advanced already, and by now your voice, and other voices around your baby will be very familiar and recognizable to him or her. The brain is also busy taking in everything there is to see, as your baby's eyes are open constantly during the waking hours now. Granted, there's not much to see in there, but it's all preparation for life outside of the womb.
Once again, your baby's bones go through yet another hardening phase around now, helping your baby with posture and strength and, of course, acting as a vital method of protection outside of the uterus. Your baby's skull will remain soft which helps it squeeze through the birth canal without doing too much damage to either of you. Known informally as the "soft spot", this part of the body doesn't actually firm up until early adulthood!
Your baby knows there's not long left now before he or she is essentially fending for themselves, and they're making the most of the nutrients and vitamins they get from your placenta. Around now your baby should start to store iron, and they'll be born with enough reserve incase they don't receive enough through breastmilk or infant formula. It's important to keep your iron intake up at this point, and consider taking supplements if necessary (always check with your Midwife or Doctor first!).


Friday, November 24, 2017

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

One day after Thanksgiving and i had to make a trip to the hospital. My right hand and fingers has been numb consistently for over a week. I made the trip to the Emergency Room after nothing i tried at home worked. I thought i was gonna be there all day but 3 hours wasnt so bad. The doctor told me i have what is called 'Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel Syndrome' which is fairly normal during pregnancy and no one really knows why. I was given a hand brace and was told to only take Tylenol for pain relief, and NOT NSAIDs as suggested online.

Im currently 32 weeks pregnant. Time is just flying by. Ive started doing some work from home that requires me to type so this is very interesting that my right hand is now in a brace restricting me from using it as normal.

The baby is moving around alot when he's awake. More sluggishly, probably due to having less space. I also think ive changed the name.. I think i'll name him 'Gage' instead of 'Tino'. Ive been scheduled to have another ultrasound! This will be the 4th, due to my diagnosis of having 'Gestational Diabetes'. They want to make sure the baby isnt growing Too large. ON November 28th, i will get to see Baby Gage yet again. I dont want to have a baby over 7lbs. If he is growing too big, i will have to have my labor induced and have him sooner than expected. After all he is practically a fully developed baby at this point anyway.

Facts:

At 19 inches and coming up to 4 lbs in weight, your baby and your uterus have well and truly taken over your torso! Your stomach's squashed, your bladder's squished, and there's more of that to come! Try to embrace it. Remember, if your baby doubles his or her weight between now and D-Day, he or she will be more than prepared to enjoy life outside your womb.
Around now, your baby should be figuring out the position he or she is most comfortable in, and fortunately the position most babies choose is the optimal birthing position. That is, head down and ready to descend through the pelvis, and bum up in the air, preferably against the front of the stomach. Your Midwife will check this position at any antenatal appointments you have from now on.
If your baby has his or her bum towards your back, you'll still be able to have a natural birth, although any contractions you feel may be in your back rather than your stomach. This is known as a "back-to-back" birth and is renowned as being particularly painful, but it's no more dangerous for you or your baby. In some cases, Midwives may try and encourage Baby to spin around just to make things easier for you when the times comes.
If your baby is more comfortable with his head up and bum down, don't worry. It's known as the breech position and sometimes it's easier for breech babies to be born via caesarean section. However, as big as your baby may seem now, he or she is still small enough to turn over in your uterus. Your Midwife may give you some exercises to try that could encourage naughty Baby to flip.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

30 Weeks Pregnant- Gestational Diabetes

So.. Im 30 weeks pregnant now! Just 10 more weeks to go! Though im sure it may be sooner since ive never went full term. At my last doctors appointment i had my second glucose test because my first indicated i had high sugar levels. Unfortunately, so did the second one. I got the results on yesterday that i have Gestational Diabetes. I thought i was an overall healthy eater, but i have been craving soda like crazy recently. Although im not surprised of the diagnosis, because i had GB during my previous pregnancies. I havent had any symptoms, besides my right hands fingers being numb and tingling. I thought it was due to pregnancy, but may be in fact from GB!

The baby was said to be smaller than average babies at this stage during my last ultrasound, but i have been scheduled to undergo yet another ultrasound on Nov 28, to make sure the baby isnt growing too large. It has been picking up weight. Its been getting more difficult to walk and stand by the day. I can feel the pressure. The baby is definitely growing fast at this point, but i dont think its larger than normal. 


Facts:

Baby is very close to his or her delivery length now and shouldn't get too much longer before the birth, which is great news for your cramped uterus. On the other hand, your baby still has quite a bit of weight to put on, so don't think your ever increasing waistline stops here! Baby now weighs around about 3 lbs and is preparing for the next big growth spurt.
Baby is still getting all of the essential nutrients for growth from you via the placenta, and with this growth spurt on the horizon he or she will be going to town on your supplies. All these nutrients are going to help Baby put on even more layers of fat and as this happens the skin continues to smooth out giving that totally delicious "soft baby skin" feel!
As you'll know, growing a baby is hard work, and it's even harder being the one doing the growing! You may notice your baby having longer or more structured nap times now as he or she summons the energy to do all this growing. You may also notice that when Baby's awake they certainly make your aware of it! Now's a good time to start tracking your baby's movements.
Your baby is practically perfect at this point. He or she has hair covering the head and eyebrows, finger and toenails, and limbs and organs all in the right places. Of course, the brain is developing all the time, and your baby's senses are heightening constantly, but the only further development that is important before birth is of the lungs.


3 Months Old

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