Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Baby Update (Week 29)‏

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This is an exciting week as we're now officially in the 3rd Trimester.

Friday (October 10th) we had a doctor's appointment, including more pictures of our little man. The doctor wanted to be sure that his organs were developing properly and that he didn't have a cleft lip. During our last sonogram, he insisted on keeping his arms in front of his face, in true defensive boxing fashion. He is still hanging out breech, but we were able to get a clearer picture of his face this time. Everything checked out perfectly normal. This time around, he showed off his arms (flexing) and his pretty face.

At our appointment, his heartbeat measured at 143 and 151 bpm (both well within normal range). According to the sonogram, he's estimated to weigh about 2 lbs, 11 oz with a new estimated due date (EDD) of December 30th. His original EDD was December 31st, so we are pleased that he's right on track. And, of course, the accountant Craig is hoping that he will arrive in 2008 so we get the tax break and don't have to start over on our health insurance deducitble. It drives me crazy how practical he is some times!

I'm doing well, too. As you can see, I'm definitely showing now! I'm starting to feel a bit more tired, but no where near the exhaustion I experienced in the 1st trimester. I'm walking the dogs for 30 minutes on the morning and taking a prenatal yoga class, which are both helping me feel better physically. To date, I've gained a total of 22 lbs and my BP was 110/62 at Friday's visit: both normal and healthy.

I'm in Florida this week for work on my last trip before baby arrives. After this, the doctor has advised me not to travel. So, no more flights and no car rides further than 3 hours long. I'm looking forward to being home for a while, but am also a little nervous about getting stir-crazy (I'm so used to being on the go)!

(from Fit Pregnancy)

You have 11 Weeks, 3 Days to go!
Your due date is December 31, 2008.

Your Growing Baby:
Your baby is about two and a half pounds and would be between fifteen and seventeen inches tall if she could stand. Your baby's adrenal glands are producing a chemical which will be made into estriol (a form of estrogen) by the placenta. This estriol is thought to stimulate the production of prolactin by your body, and the prolactin makes you produce milk. So even if your baby comes early, you'll still be able to breastfeed. Each passing week improves the likelihood that your baby will be born strong and healthy. Her brain can detect rhythmic breathing and control body temperature, so she's less likely to need breathing assistance should she be born early. She's growing eyelashes, adding fat, and developing her brain. Because of brain wave activity, researchers have speculated that babies can even dream at this time!

Your Changing Body:
As the levels of prolactin increase in your body, your breasts may secrete colostrum, which can dampen your bra. Prolactin also has a sedating effect, and you may feel the need to take naps the way you did in the first trimester. Your uterus is now in a position where it exerts pressure on your bladder. Your frequent trips to the bathroom may also remind you of the first trimester. If you can, keep up your swimming, walking, yoga, or other non-weight bearing exercise, though you're not feeling as energetic (and as comfortable) as you did last trimester.

We are excited to welcome the newest member to our family and thank you again for your continued support and prayers!

P.S. Many of you asked following the last update...Yes, we have created a baby registry at Target.com.


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