*Originally posted April 22, 2015 on Fab . Fit . Me*
And we are officially in the 3rd trimester! Just 12 more weeks till we meet our little princess.
What Is Up With Baby P This Week? (According to my Baby Center App)
She is the size of an eggplant
She weighs about 2.25lbs and measures about 14.8 inches from head to heels
And to add to an already impressive repertoire of tricks like coughing, sucking, hiccuping, and taking practice breaths, Baby P can now blink her eyes and may even be able to see the light that filters from the outside world into the womb
Her brain is developing neurons and continuing to gain more fat to fill in her cute lil body
Her sleep now includes REM (rapid eye movement) phase - which means she could be dreaming already!
What's Been Happening With ME This Week?
I had a prenatal appointment this week for my 28th Week checkup:
Was cleared of gestational diabetes (wooohooo!)
Was ordered to get more blood work done to check my iron levels to see if I will be needing to take iron supplements in this last and final trimester
Was vaccinated for the whooping cough
And then it was time to hear Baby's heartbeat... the favorite part of my doctor visits. But this time, it didn't turn out to be as exciting as I had hoped. My midwife detected a bit of a murmur. As a precaution she referred me to a fetal specialist to see if it's something serious. So the next day, I came back to NST for a screening. I was hooked up to the monitor and we listened for a good 15-20 minutes. Baby's heartbeat remained strong and no arrhythmia was detected (whew!). But I still needed to get another complete ultrasound to check Baby's heart. Anyway, long story short... the fetal specialist says Baby is absolutely PERFECT. She was moving around a lot, her heartbeat was steady and strong, and she is already approximately 2 lbs 12 oz. Wow. Yeah, nothing to worry about. She is healthy and so very active. No signs of distress. Yay! However, the doctor did tell me that I can no longer drink coffee, eat chocolate, or use cocoa butter for the rest of my pregnancy. *sigh* Totally worth it though.
Weight Gained: Ok so if we are going based off my very first prenatal appointment, I've gained a total of about 16 lbs. BUT! I was already like 10 weeks at my very first appointment and I'm not sure if I gained much in those 10 weeks. My last regular doc appointment prior to that was maybe about a month before I found out I was pregnant and I weighed in 6lbs less than that. (Hope you're able to keep up hehe). So if we are going off of THAT weight... I've gained 22lbs this pregnancy so far. AND, I have to add, I ate like a pound of food for lunch right before my appointment AND I was wearing tennies. But hey... it is what it is. 16-22lbs gained. Doc says I'm on target...so that's all that matters!
Workouts: okay, so not much. 2 days of walking around the neighborhood and 1 day of leg workouts - I know, I know... I am totally slackin'.
Lower back pain
Appearance of spider veins AND varicose veins on my legs
Slight nausea from chewing regular gum
Frequent trips to the bathroom (and I'm talkin' like every 15 minutes - or so it feels that way)
Food Aversions: Panda Express. The thought makes me gag. It's been about a couple of months since I've had it but the last time I ate it, it grossed me out BIG time.
Food Cravings: Anything sweet!!!! Where in the world did this sweet tooth come from? Breakfast burritos, pancakes with lots and lots of syrup, fried rice, kalua pig (yeah that one was totally random), and slurpees. Totally had to get a slurpee right after my doctor appointment.
Sleep: And I finally gave in and got me a Snoogle Total Body Pillow. My regular pillows just weren't doin' the job anymore. I'm just at the stage where I am just completely uncomfortable. And I have to say... the body pillow has actually helped. The only time I ever really get up during the night is to use the bathroom. So hey, totally worth it. And I will probably use it still postpartum, so that's a plus.
Any Baby/Pregnany-Related Purchases? yeah.... see previous question and answer.
Stretch Marks? Nope! My midwife even complimented me on it after taking my belly measurements and said my belly looks PERFECT!
Miss Anything? Being able to wear whatever I want to wear! I love showing off the baby bump but I seriously don't wanna have to buy more maternity clothes. The stuff I bought last week were non-maternity stuff that I can wear after Baby P is born but I need maternity tops. Going "larger" in size won't work for me because I'm still small on top. Big tops don't look flattering on me. *sigh*
Belly Button In or Out? It's a little bit of an outtie! Just a little!
Wedding Rings On or Off? Still on! No swelling yet.
Happy or Moody Most of The Time? Mostly happy.
Any Movements? She never stops! She is one active Baby. She rolls, twists, turns, kicks, punches, and does somersaults in there. The feeling is amazing and I love it... but it definitely is something new! And now that I'm in my 3rd trimester, I need to monitor and keep track of these movements from here on out! Baby P needs to be moving/kicking/dancing/something at least 10 times in an hour.
Looking Forward To: Nesting. Believe it or not... we kinda nested at the beginning... made some room for baby. Sorted thru our stuff - looking to see what we needed and what we should get rid of. We got some hand-me-down clothes, toys, and gear from my sister-in-law that needs to be sorted thru and put away... yeah there's a corner in our room full of baby stuff that's just sitting in boxes and bags. So I'm hoping to go thru them really, really soon.
So that's what's been going on with Baby P and me this week. Tomorrow I will be 29 weeks prego and I am just blown away by how quickly these weeks are flying by! Before you know it, our little baby girl will be here and I cannot wait!