By now, baby weighs about 3.75 pounds (like a large jicama…I had no clue jicama wighted over 3 pounds) She is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in my uterus. I’m gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to 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 (yikes). 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.
I was in Texas last weekend which in turn caused me blow up into a marshmallow! Everyone warned me a plan ride would puff up my hands and feet but they didn’t tell me landing in Houston at the end of July would keep them puffed up. So, to all my ladies who have been or will ever be pregnant in Texas (mainly in Houston during the summer) my hat goes off to you. If you find yourself pregnant in Texas please know you can move in with me during the summer to reduce swelling and discomfort… no charge! I am sure Andrew will understand. AND I will from here on out stop complaining about heat or swelling in my dry, much less hot, Colorado climate.
This week I think baby girl is on a mission to turn my belly button inside out. Her aim is good, this I know.
In birth class this week we went over even more laboring positions. We practiced with a birthing ball and step stool. We talked alot about turning the baby during different stages of labor to make sure she is in the best position to be born. 3 of the girls in the class are due any day now so it’s been fun watching them grow and get ready a few steps ahead of me.
Last week we had our midwife appointment with Anita. We will start to have appointments every other week from here until the end. I can’t believe we are already at that point! Everything is looking good concerning baby and me. Baby heart rate was good and my blood pressure was still low (ok). When she felt for baby’s positioning, we found her head down with her back towards my right side. This saplings all the punches I have been getting! We want her to turn so her back is against my belly but we still have lots of time for this to happen. She gave me some suggestions to deal with my Carple Tunnel to get some sleep and also encouraged me to keep using my Neti Pot (ugh) because I still have some congestion.