My Pregnancy Journal Apr 24 06

This is my second pregnancy, my husband and I are thrilled to be preparing for the safe arrival of this baby in April 2006.

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Location: Ontario, Canada

Friday, March 31, 2006

My belly buddy

This is my good friend & pregnancy buddy. She is due May 1st, just one week after my due date!

False labour update this week

Monday during the day I was noticing a lot of contractions that felt pretty real, i.e. pain in the lower back & I decided to have a bath & start timing them after dinner. They were 10 minutes apart consistantly, after three hours (so about 10:30) I decided to call my midwife just in case. She advised me to try taking a Gravol and getting some sleep. That seemed to do the trick & the contractions were gone in the morning...
They did return for a few hours on Tuesday but were about 20 minutes apart.

Midwife home visit on Thursday: midwifes advise this "false labour" can actually go on for weeks YIKES, but not to get discouraged because the contractions are actually doing work, preparing my body for the real thing, thinning out my cervix, bringing baby down really low. The baby is so low that she said to compare, with my first I would have pushed for ONE hour to get him this low!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Week 35 Midwife Appt & Hospital Tour

This week we met with Allyson & the midwife student. The student was hilarious and I really enjoyed her company, I'm hoping she can be there for the labour as extra support & comedy relief.
Everything with myself & baby is good, the student was really surprised how low the baby's head is, right into my pelvis.
I did the Group B strep test, hopefully it comes back negative, but if it is positive all that means is that I'll have to have an IV with Antibiotics for a little while during labour, but I can still be up & mobile.
Next week starts the weekly visits, and the first one Meghan will come to our house.

We also went to the hospital and made sure we were registered & had a little tour.

This week I'm experiencing more discomfort "down there" as the baby's head pushing on my cervix is sometimes painful. Hip pain at night really sucks, but so far I'm just using making myself ignore the pain and go back to sleep. Braxton Hicks contractions are increasing and even becoming painful in my lower abdomen & lower back.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Week 35

Oops I missed posting anything on week 34.........not too much happened I guess, just an increase in back pain (lower and upper middle) and of course the hip pain at night.

And now WOW Week 35!! Only 5 weeks left until my due date. They started a baby pool at work, everyone is guessing I'll be early. Only time will tell!

Here is the information on week 35:
Baby Development from Pregnancy Weekly:

Your baby weighs about 5.5 pounds and will continue to gain about half a pound per week until you deliver. He or she stretches out to 20.25 inches as it approaches full term. Stem cells in the bone marrow continue to produce red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets to maintain a healthy immune system, but there is not really any development remaining for arms, legs, brain or organs. Your baby will simply continue to grow in size as it readies for its big debut.

It is a huge relief to know that if born now my baby has a very good chance of not having any complications, sounds like all of the organs are developed, the baby just has to gain "baby fat"

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Week 33 Midwife Appt

Today's appt went really well, blood pressure, protein, sugar all normal, no weight gain since 2 weeks ago, which is fine. Mehgan confirmed what I had suspected, the baby is very low, i.e in position and that is why I am so uncomfortable "down there".
I've been getting lots of B/H contractions, ah there we go I'm having another right now as I type LOL. Midwife says that is good, and more common with second baby, and probably to get more frequent as we get closer, awesome!
Next appt is in 2 weeks, so is our hospital tour. Then we start weekly visits, with the first one to be a home visit.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Week 33 Belly Shot

Okay I'm not smiling, but wow look at that belly!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Week 33

This is day number 230 and you're 33 weeks pregnant!You have 50 days or 7 weeks left, and are 82.5% of the way there.Baby's age since conception is 216 days or 31 weeks. You are due on 4/24/2006

Baby Development from Pregnancy Weekly:
Your baby is now 19.4 inches from head to toe and weighs about 4.4 pounds, and you are probably both very aware that it is getting more and more cramped in there.

Fetal Development from Storknet:
At this point, the amniotic fluid is at the highest level in the pregnancy. The amount will remain constant until delivery. Rapid brain growth has increased the baby's head size approximately 3/8 of an inch this week. Fat continues to accumulate which turns the baby's skin color from red to pink.

Maternal Changes from Storknet:
You'll be gaining about a pound a week. Mild edema is normal but if you experience severe headache; seeing "spots" or "flashing lights" while at rest; sudden increase in swelling, such as over 2-3 days, especially of the face; abdominal pain; and nausea, vomiting, and feeling sick, contact your caregiver immediately. You could be developing pre-eclampsia which is characterized by swelling, high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It is a very serious complication of pregnancy.

Baby Gear

We have most of the basics now; crib, bassinet, playpen, stroller, car seat. I still want to get a swing and a soft carrier before the baby comes, as well as one of those little baby “chairs”.

I love these ones from Toysrus.

Shopping for clothes has been much more challenging.........there is only so much yellow & green I want the baby to wear. After the baby is born and we know the gender, I'll be sending out daddy to go get some either pink or blue clothes :]. For coming home from the hospital I bought TWO cute matching outfits, one blue, and one pink.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Week 32

From Pregnancy Weekly:
Baby Development
Your baby is 18.9 inches long from head to toe and weighs almost 4 pounds. He or she will gain weight more quickly now and will probably double in weight between now and his or her birth. Just like a newborn, your baby sleeps a lot of the time. He or she even experiences rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the period of sleep when we dream!

DOUBLE IN WEIGHT ARE THEY KIDDING? I already feel huge OMG I'm going to get bigger? YIKES!

This Pregnant Body
You may begin to experience several not-so-pleasant symptoms of pregnancy, such as shortness of breath, leg cramps, swelling of your hands and feet (called edema), and back pain. You can relieve some of the discomfort by paying attention to your posture, and by exercising regularly.
As your baby grows, there is less room left for your lungs to expand - this is usually the cause of your shortness of breath. Exercising moderately can keep your body functioning at peak performance and strengthen some of the muscles needed to carry your load properly. Exercising before bed can also help with leg cramps. Try taking a 30 minute walk after dinner to help keep some of these pesky pregnancy symptoms at bay.