Thursday, February 21, 2008

Pregnancy Update -- Week 25!!

How your baby's growing:

Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. His hair is probably recognizable now (in color and texture), although both may change after he's born.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

Your baby's not the only one with more hair — your locks may look more full and lustrous than ever. It's not that you're growing more hair, but the hair you'd normally shed is sticking around longer than usual. You may also notice darker or thicker body hair. It will return to normal in the weeks after you give birth. You probably can't move around as gracefully as before. It's fine to continue to exercise, but use your common sense: Don't work out when you're feeling overly tired, and stop if you feel any pain or when you begin to feel at all fatigued, dizzy, or short of breath. Don't lie on your back too long or do any exercise where you're apt to lose your balance. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and make time for both warm-up and cool-down periods.

When you have your glucose-screening test at 24 to 28 weeks, your practitioner may take a second tube of blood at the same time to check for anemia. Although your blood volume increases dramatically during pregnancy, the total amount of your red blood cells becomes diluted — a problem sometimes called physiologic anemia that's common in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. If your blood tests show that you have anemia, your caregiver will likely recommend that you take a supplement.

Soooooo, two days ago I had my 25 week doctor check up and had my glucose test.

* I passed the glucose test, so no going for a 3 hour test, woooot!

* However, I am slightly anemic, so I need to take extra iron. Noooooooooo! If I'm constipated now, can you imagine what extra iron will do to me?? Wahhhh :(

* I have gained a total of 10 lbs

* Blood pressure 110/70

* Baby's heart rate in the 130's

So thats that. I'm grateful everything is going well with the pregnancy -- its been a pretty smooth ride so far, no serious complaints other than back pains (especially during the night). I haven't had a full night's sleep in about a month now -- even though I bought a full body pillow (which has been helping) I am just so uncomfortable at night, and wake up from neck/back/hip pain. Not fun. And I've been keeping Emiro up with my tossing and turning, but he's keeping his complaining to a minimum (as he should, I did give him the look of death one day when he grumbled about it. the nerve!!!).

I'm definitely feeling the baby more and more, but instead of just feeling kicks and squirms I am also starting to feel her really move around. For example, yesterday I'm pretty sure her legs were tapping/kicking me about 2 inches above my belly button. When I put my hand on the spot and pressed slightly down on it, I felt her foot moving away, and then coming back up and nudging the same spot. It was the cutest thing ever - I just sat mesmerized with my hand clamped on my belly, feeling her tap and nudge and kick me in the same spot over and over again, and she would react if I pressed slightly back at her.

Here are the latest pregnancy shots.......... Yes, I'm still wearing some pre-pregnancy jeans, but its only 2-3 I have left that I can actually button up, and thats only because they are super low. I also have several pregnancy jeans and pants, so I'm hoping I don't have to spend any more $$$ on pregnancy clothes (especially now that we have so much baby stuff to buy!!!).

23 Weeks!

25 Weeks!

You can tell my belly is popping out more......... This little girl is definitely growing!!! Two weeks can make a BIG difference :D


dad said...

What lovely photos! Can't wait for our visit on April 11th.

Love, dad

Ziva said...

אני מוקסמת!!!!!!!!! ומרוב ערגה וגעגועים, על כך שאני לא יכולה לגעת בבטן שלך, אני מלטפת בטנים של חברות בהריון. כל כך רוצה כבר להיות לידך.אוהבת אמא

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