Tuesday, May 05, 2009

31 Weeks

From Baby Center:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt.

He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Have you noticed the muscles in your uterus tightening now and then? Many women feel these random contractions — called Braxton Hicks contractions — in the second half of pregnancy. Often lasting about 30 seconds, they're irregular, and at this point, they should be infrequent and painless. Frequent contractions, on the other hand — even those that don't hurt — may be a sign of preterm labor.

You don't need to pack your bag yet, but start making a list of items to bring to the hospital.

Note from Jen:

Wow. 9 weeks left... down to the single digits. How crazy is that?!?

This week I have been having heartburn and acid reflux again. It doesn't matter what I eat, it just hits at random times throughout the day and hits in the middle of the night. Needless to say, I am not getting much sleep :(

My feet are also starting to swell by the end of the day. I am trying to make a point of wearing comfy shoes to work, but they pretty much swell no matter what so I still sneak in the occasional cute shoe anyway :)

Even with the heartburn and swelling, I am still feeling pretty good overall. On Friday I went in for my doctor's appointment and everything looked good. I was measuring at 29 weeks and she said that all there is to do now is just wait since everything is right on track.

No Braxton Hicks contractions yet... at least none that I can feel. Our little guy is moving around all the time throughout the day, but at least he is pretty calm during the night. Maybe he'll be a good sleeper?!? I can dream, can't I?!? :)

This Friday we are getting the 4D ultrasound done. I am so excited to see our little guy! I'll be sure to post pictures next week sometime.

1 comment:

Jim and Jolene said...

Only 9 more weeks until we meet our new grandson!!!!!!!!!
Can't wait to see you and Kenny on Friday!