Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Week 34- Baby Boy Cantaloupe

How your baby's growing:Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which will help regulate his body temperature once he's born — are filling him out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever. His central nervous system is maturing and his lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.
How your life's changing: By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you're under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now's the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond). If you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, don't jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy. If you notice itchy red bumps or welts on your belly and possibly your thighs and buttocks as well, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP for short). Up to one percent of pregnant women develop PUPPP, which is harmless but can be quite uncomfortable. See your practitioner so she can make sure it's not a more serious problem, provide treatment to make you more comfortable, and refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. Also be sure to call her if you feel intense itchiness all over your body, even if you don't have a rash. It could signal a liver problem.
Baby: Your baby continues to grow and develop inside of you. Measuring over 17 inches long, he now weighs over 5lbs! And from this week, until 2 weeks before birth, he will continue to gain about a half pound of weight every week. Unlike the first trimester, the weight between all babies in the third trimester is much more variable. Some babies weigh more and are taller, some babies weigh less and are shorter. Also unlike the first trimester, by week 34 not much is changing. Your baby continues gaining weight through the development of subcutaneous fat and with that weight, is probably gaining strength in his movements. You may even be startled by a sudden jab to the ribs or be able to see a punch to your belly from the outside!
Mom: How are you feeling? Has your baby dropped yet? If you haven't heard the term before, it refers to the process in which your baby's head enters the birth canal to prepare for birth. For first time mothers, look for this to happen about three weeks before delivery. If this isn't your first time, your baby might not drop until the day before you deliver. First time moms – when your baby does drop, it will be noticeable! There will be a change in your abdomen. Your baby will be resting lower, which is great news for your lungs, but bad news for your bladder. You will be able to breathe easier, which might help you to get to the bathroom quicker, since your little one is now sitting on your bladder!

Are you thinking of breastfeeding? Most babies find it easier to digest breast milk than formula and your milk has the perfect amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein that they need to grow and develop. Your breast milk can even protect your baby from bacteria and viruses because it is rich in antibodies. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General even recommends that babies be fed only breast milk for the first 6 months of life. If you are thinking of breastfeeding, it might be a good idea to ask for some professional help. Though breast milk is naturally good for your baby, breastfeeding your baby may not come so naturally. Many hospitals employ lactation consultants and have a knowledgeable nursing staff that can help you. Doulas and midwives are also a valuable resource to help you navigate these unfamiliar waters. The key to successful breastfeeding is achieving a proper latch. Before you leave the hospital, or the midwife leaves your home, you should be shown how to get your baby to latch on properly. You should also know how to tell whether or not he is getting any milk. Don't worry if it isn't easy at first. Many women find it difficult, and that is why there are lactation specialists in the first place! Don't be afraid to ask questions. Really, there is no such thing as a stupid question, especially when it comes to your baby getting proper nutrition!
3 weeks until our scheduled induction. can you say omg!
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