[[ Image courtesy of Baby Center and info from WebMD ]]
NOTE: My actual countdown is 31 weeks. I cannot remember if I explained this discrepancy but because I am a scheduled C-section, I’ll be giving birth exactly one week before my due date. So when Tatum arrives on February 21st she’s 39 weeks exactly whereas my actual due date based on all factors combined is February 28th. Because of my raging OCD I simply couldn’t bear the thought of Tatum coming ‘early’ so I made my due date coincide with my C-section. And there you have it.
Baby: Your baby measures about 18.9 inches long from head to toe and weighs almost 4 pounds. It fills almost all the space in your uterus now, either lying with the head up or sometimes still with enough room to do somersaults [‘Sometimes?!’ She’s totally out of space but that certainly hasn’t stopped her from doing somersaults]. A layer of fat is forming underneath the thin, wrinkly skin. Baby’s practicing opening his eyes and breathing.
Mom-to-be: Although you’ve only been seeing the doctor monthly, now you’ll probably start seeing your practitioner every two weeks until the last month, when you’ll probably switch to weekly visits [I’m already on weekly visits– the joys of being insanely stressed combined with severe anxiety]. You may continue to get backaches and leg cramps [A leg cramp would be fantastic right about now instead of my gimp knee flaring up]. You may also notice colostrum leaking from your breasts, a yellowish fluid that precedes milk production [Thankfully there’s none of that. I think the girls inherently know they’re not a food source and don’t even try. ;)]
Tip of the Week: You might be carrying differently from others at the same stage of pregnancy. Whether you’re carrying higher or lower, bigger or smaller, wider or more compact depends on the size and position of baby, your body type and how much weight you’ve gained. For more comfort, drink plenty of fluids, elevate your legs when sitting, lie on your left side and wear support stockings.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,