Sunday, September 20, 2009

28 Weeks

28 weeks = HELLO third trimester!!! I am nearing the end of my pregnancy and I have to admit that I have become SO incredibly eager, anxious, excited and well, TOTALLY giddy thinking about meeting our baby boy and having him in my arms in no more than 11 weeks from now. To say it's a bit surreal even thinking about the reality of it would be a complete and total understatement to be honest. We aren't quite totally prepared as of yet, but I remain positive that everything will happen in time and that when it comes down to it, most of the things I am worrying about now aren't even of great importance in the grand scheme of things. What is important is that I have somehow managed to have a fairly uneventful and healthy pregnancy thus far and that now, it is my job to do everything in my power to remain as healthy and rested as possible in preparation to meet our little boy. I will continue to pray that I am blessed with a healthy and successful delivery when the time is right and that our son will arrive completely healthy and with no complications, God willing. Not much longer before this family of three will transform into a family of four and we cannot wait!

Here's what's going on with both baby and myself this week according to

How your life's changing:

You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.

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 practitioner 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 yet had follow-up testing, you'll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. 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 caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.

How your baby's growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) 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.

what your baby looks like this week. (Or see what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.)

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

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