Tuesday, May 6, 2008

32 weeks

79% of your pregnancy has passed, there is 21% left to go



Your uterus is measuring about 5 inches above your navel and is pushing your organs every which way (wherever there is room). This may cause heartburn or constipation. . In order to lessen the symptoms of constipation, drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber. If it gets really uncomfortable and you are unable to have a bowel movement without pain, talk to your healthcare provider about stool softeners. Heartburn may become more of a problem as the uterus pushes up on the stomach. In order to minimize heartburn and indigestion, eat frequent small meals instead of fewer larger ones.

Now, The total volume of blood circulating in your body is about 40 to 50 percent higher than it was before you became pregnant. This added blood volume helps accommodate your baby.

Most babies by far lie in the 'occipital anterior position'. Occiput refers to the back of the baby's head, and the position means whether this heavy part of his head is facing your front (anterior) or your back (posterior). Why can't this be called something simple? In other words, the baby's nose is pointing towards your butt and this is a good thing. Some babies are lying with their noses pointing to one side or another, and that's good too. With his chin on his chest, the baby will have no problem during a vaginal birth. Both of these head-down positions are the most favorable positions for the baby because they enable him to conform his little head to the shape of your pelvis.Occasionally, a baby is sunny side up with his nose facing your pubic bone (the birth team will call this ‘occiput posterior'). This position is a bit more of a challenge, it's harder for him to navigate through your pelvis and the heavy part of his head is banging along your vertebrae. Ouch! But, a vaginal birth is still his way out, although the labor may take longer than expected. At this point in your pregnancy, you still have the power to help your baby find the best position for birth. By spending time on your hands and knees, by sitting leaning forward, and by swimming with your belly hanging down, you can help convince the heaviest part of your baby - the back of his head and his back - to be at your front. Yoga and chiropractic care may also help move a stubborn baby. Still, your baby will decide which position he prefers. This will feel the best for him.


I am told that when you feel your uterus tightening up, your body is gearing up for the labor day. These irregular practice contractions can be first felt around mid-pregnancy and increase in frequency and strength as your pregnancy progresses. (braxton hicks) I also read that, all babys have blue eyes. Depending on their chromosomal disposition, this could easily change after birth (or even between now and labor), but for the time being, blue it is. Thanks to their recently matured lungs and a remarkably strong immune system, over 90% of babies born in their 32nd week, survive premature births. So it’s pretty much a done deal. Even if your little monkey’s planning on heading out early, their survival odds are in everyone’s favor. Time to celebrate (no, no, wait until after the birth to crack open the champagne!) We’re talking baby-showers and alcohol-free punch!

I have to tell you - I feel great. It is the question of the hour. Everyone asks. "how are you feeling?" I guess maybe I am supposed to not feel good? But I do. E and I have been walking after dinner around the block - also to help the gd and sugars. We'll see. I received paperwork for my disability coverage for my birth. I need to head over to HR and discuss my leave. I can not figure out what is best for us. I have a few months of leave, use it all at one time or use 1/2 time and spread it over a longer period of time. I am leaning towards 1/2 time and spread it out farther along. It's time for me to buckle down and do some things that I have been putting off. We still Do not have a nirsery yet. We have a mostly cleaned out spare bedroom with baby stuff in it but not set up, put together or arranged. I have a closet that is not at all cleaned out. E says we will get serious and down tot business after my shower. Part of me gets stressed about it, part of me is all zen. It's a different feeling for me. I am a planner by nature.



I'm getting brave (lazy)or something, I'm posting pj pregnant belly shots.
Here are progressions pic again:
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26 comments:

Morrisa said...

Wow! Only 21% to go! You look great and I'm glad you are feeling well. Also, thanks for assuring me that hope isn't just for the newbies, maybe I'll try to find some (hope) somewhere.

Adriane said...

32 weeks already!!! That is awesome! So glad you are feeling good. I just read the carb update, too. That's crazy that you've lost 4 pounds. Glad that they are encouraging you to eat cake and more carbs! Your belly pic looks great - What a difference between 10 weeks and 32 weeks!!! :-)

sara said...

Oh look at you! I like the updated picture. I really like how you post a progression picture because I forget what people look like a few weeks back. I'm so happy that you're feeling good and looking forward to getting things ready. When is your shower? I can't wait to hear all about it!

Kathy V said...

Looks like Mini is growing nicely based on your cute belly. You look like you are doing well and I am glad you are feeling good.

Chas said...

Wow, 32 weeks! I can't believe the time has passed so quickly!!

Actually, not all babies are born with blue eyes. MOST caucasian babies are born with dark blue eyes, but most African/African American and Asian babies are born with brown eyes. And some caucasian babies with more pigment in general, like Latino or Native American, are also born with brown eyes. I've read about it before, because Lila's eyes never looked blue to me.

Love the belly shots!!

alison said...

Looking good! 32 weeks! Tuesday's are coming faster and faster it seems, I love your updates!

Rachie Pachie said...

Yay... Go Noles! :)

Love the new hair cut, too, by the way! Looks great!

Jen said...

Happy 32 weeks! You are looking great.

Marcy "meg" said...

32 weeks yay!!! You are so close now and have done so well!!!! I love the belly shots!

Elizabeth said...

Glad you have been feeling really good!

gracechild said...

Yay for 32 weeks. I've always thought the half a day option for parental leave sounds sweeter if you have someone at home to look after the baby for the 4-5 hours you'll be out. I hope you get to tell us which one is better soon

Barb said...

Look at that BABEH! Glad you're feeling well.

hope548 said...

I am glad you are feeling so good!

shawna said...

The belly shots look great. It's great that you are feeling so good. It will definitely make the nursery task a little easier.

Kate said...

32 weeks! YOU are getting closer and closer. :)

Cibele said...

I am so glad to hear that you are feeling good... Enjoy every minute... you're almost there

Dr. Grumbles said...

Nice belly!

Getting so close!

~Jess said...

Found your blog through NaComLeavMo!
Congratulations on your pregnany...you certainly don't have very long before you can hold your little one! Congrats!

Cindi said...

I adore your new haircut! It looks great on you! And speaking of looking great, you look fantastic for being 79% of the way there. It might be time to start to think about getting the nursery in shape. You certainly don't want to suddenly start feeling miserable and face that. You've done a wonderful job at keeping us up to date on this pregnancy and I wish you the best as you cruise on through this last little bit!

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

You look so cute! I love the pj pics! :)

Searching said...

Congrats on 32 weeks! That's GREAT that you are feeling good! Soak up every minute of it. :)

waitinginline said...

HAPPY 32 WEEKS!!!!

You look absolutely wonderful! And holy cow you can see the weight you've lost!

I can't believe you're so close to your due date!!!!

Don't worry if not everything is ready when he gets here. He can sleep in a drawer for all he'll care. :-)

Barb said...

I forgot to tell you another sugar thing..

if you LIKE tea and want to drink it, the stuff with licorice root in it or anise is very sweet, but it's not sugar. Just a tip I found out and love. :)

Jen said...

Hurray for feeling good! That's super good news and congrats on week 32!

tryingin2007 said...

happy 32 weeks! looking good!
you best be working on that nursery miss fertilized! mini will be making his appearance before you know it! :)

Janna said...

WOO HOO!!!!! You are 32 weeks along!!!! I absolutely LOVE your baby bump!!! You look fabulous!!!

Come by and check out my blog...I gave you a MUCH deserved award!! ;o)