34 Weeks! (and stats update)


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Woohoo! 34 weeks today! Only about 6 more weeks to go… wow! I can’t believe how soon I’m going to meet my precious baby. So exciting!

So at 34 weeks, Baby is about 4.75 pounds, 17.75 inches long, and the size of an average cantaloupe! Mmmm, I love cantaloupe.

Baby – The waxy protective coating, vernix, is becoming much thicker this week as the lanugo continues to shed and may be almost completely gone by now. Inside your baby, the lungs are continuing to mature in preparation for breathing in the outside world.

Body – You might be feeling just like you did your first trimester, tire, and exhausted. Your body is going through significant physical strain, not to mention the overall discomfort of all that extra weight and difficulty sleeping are playing their toll. As your baby moves lower in the birth canal and exerts more pressures, some women have an uncomfortable sensation that the baby is about to fall out. Other women feel a pricking or tingling sensation in the pelvic area, also common and not something to worry about. The feelings may not go away until after you deliver. If you have concerns, talk to you medical practitioner.

I am definitely feeling tired again these days. Most days I take a pretty long nap… like 2 to 3 hours! I’m always irritated that I lost that much of my day, but glad I was able to get the sleep. As annoying as it is to “waste” so much time, I never try to fight it – if I’m tired, I take a nap.

I never feel like Baby is about to fall out!

Since I haven’t done a Sunday Stats in a couple weeks, I’ll give you my stats for today.

Weight: 141.5 pounds
Waist: 41 inches

So that’s 2 pounds and 1.5″ in two and a half weeks. Pretty good! I’ve been much happier with my weight gain recently. We’ve been going on more walks lately, so that’s probably helping. We just moved and now live next to a nice big park. We take the puppies on about a 2 mile walk about 4 days a week. It’s really good for all of us.

I had a nice prenatal massage last week. Thanks again, Mom, for the package! I’ll probably get another massage late next week and another at week 37 or so. The massages really help my constantly aching back feel better.

Baby’s movements have changed a lot lately. Now that his/her space is getting more cramped, it seems as though Baby is trying to stretch out more. I often feel a strong push on the upper part of my belly and a smaller push lower at the same time. I think the strong one is the heal of Baby’s foot, and the small one is Baby’s hand. It’s a very strange feeling but I can recognize it as stretching.

Well, that’s all the updating I have time for right now. I’ll finish off with a belly pic I took tonight with a guest appearance from iPhone 4! :)

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