Tuesday, 17 November 2009

34 weeks

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Their fat layers — which will help regulate their body temperature once they're born — are filling them out, making them rounder. Their skin is also smoother than ever. Their central nervous system is maturing and their lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

*How far along?: 34 weeks
*Total weight gain: Don't know
*How big is baby?: Cantaloupe
*Maternity clothes?: Yes, this question is kind of silly now, it's not like suddenly I'm going to start wearing non-maternity clothes
*Sleep?: Ugh, my quality of sleep is crap and I'm tired all the time
*Best moment this week?: Watching the Bengals beat the Steelers while eating vegetarian Skyline chili :)
*Movement?: My stomach makes weird rippling effects and often you can touch it and be like, yup that's a back/butt/head something under there. Also you can feel "limbs" kicking out; can't tell hands from feet, but definite appendages :)
*Food cravings?: No
*Labor signs?: No, just Braxton Hicks.
*Belly button in or out?: Innie, but super shallow
*What I miss: Sleep!
*What I'm looking forward to: Getting my hair done on Thursday and throwing my first ever Thanksgiving on Saturday
*Milestone: I can't think of a milestone, but a lot of these updates include information on stretch marks, which I don't. This is because it looks like I've been attacked by a cougar.

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