How my baby’s growing
By this week, the baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (about the size of a large eggplant) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels.
She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
How Mommy’s life’s changing
I’m in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. At this point, you’ll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you’ll switch to weekly visits.
Depending on your risk factors, your healthcare provider may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven’t had follow-up testing, you’ll soon be given the three-hour glucose tolerance test. ( Because I had gastric bypass and all of my recent A1C testing has been normal, I got to skip this test !! woot woot !)
And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you’re Rh-negative, you’ll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby’s blood. (If your baby is Rh-positive, you’ll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)
Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant “creepy-crawly” sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what’s known as restless legs syndrome (RLS).
No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it’s relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your healthcare provider if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.
How Far Along?
28 weeks !
How Big Is The Little One?
She is the size of an eggplant
Total Weight Gain / Loss?
I have gained a total of 8 pounds 😦 I gained 3 pounds since last week ! I lost a total of 27 pounds the first trimester.
I am wearing mostly maternity clothes, running tights with baggy tees and sundresses.
My sleep patterns are getting a lot better. I have figured out a way to use pillows as braces and am a lot more comfortable at night. Things are a lot better now that my niece and her baby sleep in their rooms and it is quiet at night. The only problem I have had of late is my mom up hunting down junk food at 12 and 1 am ! I got on her about it and told her she had to go to bed and STAY in her bed like normal people LOL. I do not like people moving around in a house when I am sleeping, as I am a light sleeper. I will be back in NYC in a few weeks until a few weeks after the baby is born, so it will all be a moot point soon anyway.
Best Moment of the Week?
The best moment of the week was spending the entire week with my family. My sister, niece, and nephew came up from NC for the week and we have all been hanging out.
Round ligament pain, feeling of heaviness, bouts of moodiness, sore boobs, no appetite, preggo brain, feelings of weird flutters and punches from within are all the things I feel.
I am able to better tolerate sweets now, but still can not stand anything too salty. My taste buds seem to be heightened.
What I Miss?
Being able to hop on a plane whenever I want to !
What I Am Looking Forward To?
Being free to travel again. My upcoming baby shower.
I have a round soccer ball ! I look more fat than pregnant most times.
Baby / Mommy Purchases?
I bought nursing tanks and more items for my baby shower.