Thursday, January 31, 2013

Week 34 of pregnancy

Baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.


I went to see my obstetrician on tuesday(29th jan 2013) and we saw the baby happily kicking around. Her head has gone down but she hasn't engaged yet. Doc said as my muscles are very weak she might engage during the very last moment.
6 weeks more to go and my bundle of joy will be in my hands. Though I am excited about bub's arrival, somewhere I feel nervous about post natal recovery period. With muscles being so weak, it's going to be a tough time for me. My mom had an fracture in her left hand few weeks back and she got operated 3 days back. Hopefully in couple of weeks she will be fine. I miss my parents a lot, I really wish they were here to provide me emotional support.  My in-laws will be here soon , so that's some relief. Aarav will have someone to look after him when I will be in hospital. Don't know how will I stay without him in hospital. He sleeps with us during night and we both have become so much used to of it. I hope when bub arrives, he doesn't feel neglected.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Week 33 of pregnancy

Baby now weighs about 2 kilograms and measures approximately 44 centimetres from head to toe. Your baby should already be getting ready for delivery by turning upside-down -- his head should be pointing down. 

Your doctor or midwife will be paying careful attention to your baby's position in the coming weeks -- some babies do decide to turn back round again. 

Your baby's skull is still quite pliable and not completely joined, in part so he can ease out of the relatively narrow birth canal. But the bones in the rest of his body are hardening. Your baby's skin is also gradually becoming less red and wrinkled. 

If you're a first-time mother, your child's head may move into the pelvis this week and press firmly against your cervix. (This happens for about half of all first-time mothers.) If you're a second-time mum, you can expect this to happen a week before labour -- and for some this won't happen until the start of labour

You may notice that your feet and ankles are quite swollen by the end of the day. Water retention, also known as oedema, is often worse in warm weather and late in the day. Surprisingly, keeping hydrated helps reduce water retention. Your body -- particularly your kidneys -- and your baby need plenty of fluids, so drink up. If you suddenly feel swollen or puffy in your hands or face, however, call your doctor -- it may be a sign of pre-eclampsia

7 weeks more to go. For last 2 days, I have started feeling too much of pressure in my pelvis. Seems like, bub has moved down. I am seeing my obstetrician on next tuesday. I have to prepare my maternity bag now.
Ponyo's movement have decreased but she is awake during night time. Still not getting much of sleep. During day time, I feel very tired but by evening I feel bit energetic. I have to plan out Aarav's 3rd birthday and baby shower for next month.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Week 32 of pregnancy

Baby now weighs approximately 3.75 pounds/ 1.7 kilograms and is about 17 inches / 42 centimetres long from head to toe. Although his lungs won't be fully developed until just before birth, your little one is inhaling amniotic fluid to exercise his lungs and practise breathing. 

Some babies have a head of hair already, others have only a few wisps. Thick hair at birth doesn't necessarily mean thick hair later on but children with fine hair in childhood usually have thinner hair in adulthood. 

If your baby is a boy, his testicles should be descending from his abdomen into his scrotum. Sometimes however, one or both testicles won't move into position until after birth. In two-thirds of all baby boys who have undescended testicles at birth, the condition corrects itself by the boy's first birthday. 

You're probably gaining a pound/ 450 grams a week, largely because your baby is likely to gain more than half his birthweight during the seven weeks before delivery. Make sure you are eating well in these last few weeks.

Feel so relaxed now as Monday was my last working day. For last 2 days, touchwood, I am able to sleep little bit and don't feel very tired. Saw my obstetrician last week and we heard ponyo's heart beats. What an amazing feeling to have two hearts beating in one body. My in-laws will be coming here end of january, that's   bit of relief.  It will be nice to spend some time with them before bub comes out. Aarav's new child care is starting from 29th jan which is bit closer to where we live, so that's a relief as well. In the next few weeks, I have to finish lots of pending house work. Feel really good now that I don't have to worry about going to work for a year:)

Week 31 of pregnancy

Baby's arms, legs and body continue to fill out -- and they are finally proportional in size to her head. She weighs about 1.5 kilograms and looks more like a newborn. She measures about 41 centimetres from crown to toe. 

You may notice your baby isn't moving around as much. Don't worry; she's just running out of space in your uterus. As long as you can feel her squirming, you'll know she's just fine. Believe it or not, she still has plenty of growing to do. You can expect her to gain at least 900 grams more before delivery. 

Your baby's organs are continuing to mature and she is passing water from her bladder: good practice for the urinating she'll do after she's born. Soon you can wonder what your baby is wishing for -- brain scans have shown that fetuses have periods of dream sleep around month eight. 

You've probably gained around 1.5 kilograms this month. Gaining 450 grams a week is quite normal during the last trimester as your baby has a final growth spurt before birth.

It has become very tiring now. For last few days , I have started getting mild pain around belly button which gets worse when I do little bit of exertion. My maternity leave is supposed to start from 28th jan but looks like I will be taking early leave. Seeing my obstetrician on thursday. I am not able to sleep now during nights because of heart burn . Ponyo gets very active during night time. when she goes to sleep, i too get some sleep :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pain in Belly Button

Since yesterday, I am experiencing pain around my belly button. The pain increases when ponyo starts to move. I just hope that it's not because of umbilical hernia and even if it is, it doesn't worsen in coming days. I am hoping that once bub comes out, with exercise it will become alright. Feeling bit low as well. My hubby is so caring and supportive and I really feel bad that I am not able to help him much with his busy schedule. He is busy with his things and on top of that when he has to do things for me, I feel very bad. Really, it's very important to stay healthy so that you don't become dependent on others for your needs.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Week 30 of pregnancy.

Your baby's lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed. While your baby may soon slow up growing in length, (he measures about 40 centimetres from crown to toe by now), he will continue to gain weight until he's born. 

This week your baby continues to open and shut his eyes. He can probably see what's going on in utero, distinguish light from dark and even track a light source. If you shine a light on your stomach, your baby may move his head to follow the light or even reach out to touch the moving glow. Some researchers think baring your stomach to light stimulates visual development. But don't expect 20/20 vision when your baby is born -- newborns can see a distance of only about 20 to 30 centimetres. (Children with normal vision don't reach 20/20 vision until about age 7 to 9.) To complete the picture, your baby now has eyebrows and eyelashes. 

Around a litre of amniotic fluid now surrounds your baby but that volume decreases as he gets bigger and has less room in your uterus. As you and the baby continue to grow, don't be alarmed if you feel breathless, as if you can't get enough air; it's just your uterus pressing against your diaphragm. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though. At about 34 weeks (or just before delivery, if this is your second or third pregnancy), your baby's head will move down into your pelvis as the baby gets into the right position for birth. That will make breathing and eating a lot easier.

Wow, finally completed 30 weeks today, 10 more to go. Office is opening from tomorrow, it's going to be challenge now going to work with the grown tummy and braxton hicks starting now and then. Last one week has been very tiring. Had 3-4 sleepless nights. 3 more weeks to go before maternity leave start. It' first day of new year, can't believe that ponyo will be in my arms in 2 months of time.

Week 29 of pregnancy

Your baby now weighs around 1.1 kilograms and measures about 38 centimetres from head to toe. In boys, testicles descend from near the kidneys through the groin en route to the scrotum. In girls, the clitoris is relatively prominent because it's not yet covered by the still-small labia. These will grow to cover it in the last few weeks before birth. 

Your baby's head is getting bigger, and brain growth is very rapid at this time. Nearly all babies react to sound by 30 weeks. 

Your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during the third trimester. You'll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acidiron, and calcium (about 200 milligrams is deposited in your baby's skeleton every day), so eat foods rich in these nutrients. The skeleton hardens even more and the brain, muscles, and lungs continue to mature.

It has become very exhausting now. Finding it really difficult to cook something and eat. Though a week break has started but now it's going to  very tiring with Aarav at home. At times I feel very low and at times I feel fine. No one can understand these feelings. Find it very frustrating at times when I get the craving to eat something but find it too tiring to cook.

Week 28 of pregnancy

Bub can now open her eyes and will turn her head towards the source of a continuous bright light. Her fingernails are budding, and fat layers are beginning to form as she gets ready for life outside your uterus (womb). 

If you like the thought of interacting with your baby while she's still inside you, then singing and reading to her is a good way to do it. The nerve pathways to your baby's ears are complete now. Don't worry if you feel uncomfortable communicating with your baby in this way. It's not for everyone, and your baby already hears everything you say anyway.

It feels great to be in last trimester. Ponyo has started taking her small body parts out::) Looking forward to xmas break of 1 week which will start in 1 week of time.