Thursday, May 31, 2012

28 Weeks

How Big is the Baby?
This week, she weighs as much as a big ol’ cabbage!
She’s up to almost three pounds now, and measures over a foot – close to 15 inches! I can definitely feel he is getting longer – mostly in my ribcage where he is kicking and pushing. Compared to other pregnant ladies I’ve seen, it seems like I’m carrying really low – don’t you think? I find myself with my hand under my stomach a lot, supporting it more and more as it gets later in the day. I’ve gotten a lot of comments from strangers about how small I am…I can’t even express how happy I feel when I hear this. Gaining 29 pounds and hearing that I’m small is simply amazing.

She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.” (Source)

The one not-so-exciting part of this past week is that I have developed constant heartburn. That’s because “during pregnancy, the placenta produces the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus. This hormone also relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, allowing gastric acids to seep back up.” (Source). Awesome. I can’t link the heartburn back to any food in particular – so I think it’s just a nasty side effect of pregnancy.

How far along? 28 Weeks                                                       
Total weight gain: 29 lbs
Maternity clothes? A few new Pea in the Pod items I found on sale at Macy’s
Stretch marks? Nothing new here
Sleep: Still sleeping great
Best moment this week: Officially rolling into the third trimester - I can't express how excited I am to meet my sweet baby girl.  Also, my dentist telling me my teeth/gums look perfect.  He was surprised because a lot of pregnant women have issues with their teeth/gums during pregnancy.
Miss Anything? Being physically fit, just walking up the stairs at work gets me winded.
Movement: All the time, it’s amazing.  Derek feels her constantly now and gets excited with every kick, it’s adorable.
Food cravings: I may or may not have eaten an entire bag of twizzlers this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick: ew I can't even type meat without gagging just a little (sorry hubby, no meat for dinner any time soon)
Gender: Girl :)

Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: Still lots of heartburn, but I can hardly complain about that. My pelvic, hip, back pain is basically gone with week…knock on wood.
Belly Button in or out? Can't decide, but it sure is funny looking
Wedding rings on or off? On and off depending on the day
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy…Although the random mood swings are happening a bit more frequently. I would say I’m a lot more emotional too.  I cried while watching 16 and pregnant.
Looking forward to: Getting the nursery complete and putting away the clothes ect. Sometimes I feel as if I've been pregnant forever... but right now I'm thinking where has the time gone?! Side note: What I’m not looking forward to is my 2 hour glucose test this Saturday at 7AM!!! Fingers crossed I will pass.

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