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Pregnancy Week 31 February 16, 2009

Posted by battysgirl in Baby Fever.
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What the Experts Say:

Mother:

Your abdomen swells and your rib cage and pelvis may be sore as the baby gets bigger and fills up all the space you have available. While it is really great that your baby is gaining weight and growing strong, you may be in line for different discomforts at this stage of the game, like heartburn and leg cramps.

A few women will breeze by even this phase of pregnancy without any discomforts. This does not mean that your body isn’t preparing for birth. It could be pain tolerance levels, exercise and agility levels and many other factors. So, count your blessings if you fall into this category!

Baby:

You may worry that if you are breathless from walking or sometimes even just sitting that your baby is in danger. This is not true. Your baby is getting plenty of oxygen from your placenta.

The baby’s irises can now dilate and contract in response to light. Due to the deposits of white fat underneath the skin the baby’s skin is no longer red but pink, and your baby weighs about three pounds and five ounces (1.5 kilograms). The finger nails may reach the end of the hands.

Dad:

If you are planning on giving birth in a hospital or birth center, you might want to plan your route there. Don’t forget to plan for traffic, special parades, having gas and even car keys.

What’s Going On With Us:

Had the first twinges of Braxton Hicks this weekend and while it was only uncomfortable by the end of Sunday I was done with them.

Our appointment last week was short and sweet,  Baby P’s heart beat was at a nice strong 155 BPM and the lab work that had been done (another glucose and protein check) were even better than before so those worries are gone for the time being too.

In some real exciting news, we started priming the baby’s room and ripping up the carpet, just seeing those few changes have really made me happier about our readiness for baby and I can’t wait to put color on the walls!

We have a visit with our Perinatologist this week and will get to visit with and see baby again, otherwise, once again, no news is good news!

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