Week 32 – Thankful

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!

There’s so much to be thankful for this year, one of course being the thriving, healthy baby girl in my belly.  I had my latest obgyn appointment yesterday and the doctor said she’s at 4 pounds 8 ounces now.  Wow!  Exactly 2 months left before the anticipated due date of Baby N.  The nursery is almost complete.  We actually haven’t done anything to it in the last few months, but it’s time to get the ball rolling again!  At least the block letters with her name are complete – what do you think?

Lately, my biggest issues are heartburn/indigestion, pelvic aches, trouble breathing, and trouble sleeping through the night.  I think the heartburn/indigestion issue is the most annoying.  Even if I’m super careful with how much I chew and regulate the amount of food I eat at once, I still get heartburn.  It’s a lie that pregnant women can eat to their hearts desire!  Even if I wanted to, I’d suffer for it!  Some women suggested I take Tums, so I did buy some… but I don’t really like depending on medicine for that kind of stuff.

Week 32 Day 4

How Baby is Growing:

  • You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. 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 Mama is Doing:

  • 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. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.  YES!!!!
  • 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.  No lower back pain yet..
  • 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.  I definitely see a posture change!  I am clumsier than normal too =/
  • 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.  YES YES YES and YES.  I can’t stay in one position for too long… I constantly have to shift my weight around or else I get very uncomfortable.
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