Saturday, July 24, 2010

33 weeks

Hey everyone! I have a lot to catch you up on, but unfortunately it will have to wait because I have fallen behind on my school work due to a hospital visit this week! No worries, baby is fine and I will be doing a special post on that in the next few days. Also, I will have a guest blogger this week telling us the good, the bad, and the ugly on breastfeeding! More to come on both of those.
For now, it's time for the weekly update from

33 weeks:

How your baby's growing:

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds...(Kynlee already weighed this much last week)
(heft a pineapple)
...and has passed the 17-inch mark. She's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance). These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

How your life's changing:

As your baby fills out even more of your belly, lots of things might start to change: Whereas before you were sashaying, you may find yourself waddling (definitely!). Finding an easy position to sit in — let alone sleep — is becoming more of a challenge (and then getting out of bed is another challenge in itself). And bumping into chairs and counters is par for the course (the clumsiness has consumed me...).

You may be feeling some achiness and even numbness in your fingers, wrists, and hands. Like many other tissues in your body, those in your wrist can retain fluid, which can increase pressure in the carpal tunnel, a bony canal in your wrist. Nerves that run through this "tunnel" may end up pinched, creating numbness; tingling, shooting or burning pain; or a dull ache. Try wearing a splint to stabilize your wrist or propping your arm up with a pillow when you sleep. If your work requires repetitive hand movements (at a keyboard or on an assembly line, for instance), remember to stretch your hands when you take breaks — which should be frequently.

Many women are still feeling sexy at this stage (they are???) — and their partners often agree. You may need to make some adjustments, but for most women, sex during pregnancy is fine right up until their water breaks or their labor starts.

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