Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Eighty Two: 35 weeks

35 Weeks According to Babycenter, with my non-medical additions in red:

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon, then pick up seven more and strap them around your waist). Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight, and of course, so will you.
Your uterus — which was entirely tucked away inside your pelvis when you conceived — now reaches up under your rib cage. This is why it always feels like you have just eaten a giant Thanksgiving feast, after only eating a small bowl of cereal.  Your ballooning uterus is crowding your other internal organs, too, which is why you probably have to urinate more often (LIKE EVERY TIME YOU STAND UP) and may be dealing with killer heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress. If you're not grappling with these annoyances, you're one of the lucky annoying few.

From here on out, you'll start seeing your practitioner every week, or more if you become paranoid and begin googling your ailments.  This is also a good time to create a birth plan which could be as simple as 1) go to hospital 2) have baby. Using our form will help you focus on specifics — like who'll be present (preferably people who don't sit at your bedside reading the machines to determine which contractions are the hard ones and which ones are "not bad"), what pain management techniques you want to try (most likely all of them), and where you want your baby to stay after you deliver.

When you get to the maternity ward, your nurse or caregiver should also orient you, showing you where everything is in your room and where your partner can get ice for you and hopefully popsicles too. Don't be shy about requesting things you might need, like a rocking chair ???, a cool washcloth ???, another blanket ???, or AN EPIDURAL and asking any lingering questions you might have.


Kara Gordon said...

You are so stinkin' funny! LOL

Anonymous said...

You crack me up!! The count down has officially begun - less than a month to go!!

I love you!