Saturday, August 25, 2007

Week 32

11:10 AM / 1 comments

OMG! It feels like I'm going to give birth any second. These pelvic and abdominal pains are ridiculously painful. It feels like I'm having a nonstop contraction.I think this is what they call as Braxton Hicks contractions. They are practice contractions and don't have a rhythm like true labor contractions. I never felt these contractions with my two girls so this is pretty new to me. I couldn't sleep because I'm uncomfortable most of the time. It is even hard to sit down for a long period of time. There have been an increase pressure in the pelvic area. I think maybe the baby is going down that's why it's stretching my pelvis and giving me these pains. I keep checking if I'm bleeding or something like that hahaha. I really don't want to give birth this early. I mean the baby is barely 4lbs in the moment. The baby isn't fully ready yet. I keep thinking maybe I'm just constipated hahaha because the pain feels like I'm having a diarrhea but nothing is coming out. If this persists I may have to go in for a check up on Monday to see what's going on. Hopefully I'm not going to give birth anytime soon hahaha. I'm just not ready!


Your Baby:

Your baby sleeps approximately 90 to 95 percent of the day now. His skin has become thicker and he continues to become more of a pinkish color. Your baby's movements will peak this week. From now on they will change in quantity and quality. Most of the wrinkles are disappearing from your baby's face, and there may be a lot of hair on his head. The weight gain has been fairly incredible recently. Your baby is now almost 4 pounds and is 17 inches long.

Your Body:

The discomforts of pregnancy may be wearing you down. Remember to rest as much as you can. There are many things you can do to help relieve some of these discomforts such as massage, relaxation techniques, stretching, exercise, proper posture and a healthy, balanced diet. Be sure not to take any sort of pain medication � even over the counter remedies such as Tylenol or Advil � without first discussing it with your doctor.

You may be wondering about what the birthing process will truly be like. Depending upon whom you ask, you may find yourself with varying examples. According to reports and research, approximately ten percent of women will report that labor is truly painful, while another ten percent will report no pain at all. Everyone else is somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. Your experience will differ from others as you may have a different pain threshold, and may choose to use or not to use any type of medications during birth. There are many factors that can affect the amount of pain you will experience during birth.

Your body is producing a hormone called relaxin. This hormone is responsible for loosening or relaxing the pelvis, making it move mobile during delivery. You may feel the effects of this hormone in your legs as you experience waddling. Don�t worry; this is only temporary. And when it comes time to give birth, you will be very grateful it's there.

Your fundus is approximately four inches above your navel.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Experience

* Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
* Frequent Urination
* Constipation
* Indigestion or heartburn
* Occasional headaches
* Stretch Marks (cocoa butter can help with these)
* Itching
* Round ligament pains
* Hemorrhoids

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