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The Baby Bump Now At 30 Weeks

I am now getting closer and closer to pop. Definitely feeling that the baby is getting extra bigger now. I don’t have particular food cravings til now. But I really like flavorful food like those of Mexican and Indian food. Good news from my last check up on my 29th week, the baby is doing well with his weight. His abdominal circumference is of a 30 week old baby which is good. My labs like CBC and urinalysis re doing ok. Though I really lack water so I need to push drinking lotsa water.

The Baby Bump Now At 30 Weeks

How The Baby is Growing

As per usual from my Baby Center update. The baby is about 15.7 inches long now and weighs almost 3 pounds (about the size of a large cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him. But that volume will shrink as he gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after the baby is born, he’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he’ll respond to changes in light. But will have 20/400 vision – which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face.

30 weeks: Your baby is about the size of a large cabbage

How My Life Is Changing

You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you’re having trouble sleeping. You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier. But the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax. So your joints are looser. which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off. (I definitely agree with this)

What else?

Also, this relaxation of your ligaments can cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size. Remember those mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes can result in a return of those emotional ups and downs. (Mood swings are forever to stay. It is what Men it’s should accept and deal with). It is normal to worry about what your labor will be like or whether you’ll be a good parent. But if you can’t shake the blues or feel increasingly irritable or agitated, talk to your doctor or midwife. You may be among the 1 in 10 expectant women who battle depression during pregnancy. Also let your healthcare provider know if you’re frequently nervous or anxious.

Remembering My Last Pregnancy

I remember from my last pregnancy (more than 11 years ago), I was in labor for more than 18 hours. I wasn’t allowed to eat at all or drink at all. It was one of the most dreadful and tiring experience in my whole existence. My body was so dehydrated and in so much labor pain. I remember that I have accidentally punched an intern when my contractions went to every 5 minutes. They sedated me and the next thing I know is I’m already in the recovery room and I have already given birth to my baby girl.

I didn’t get to see and touch my newborn baby because I’m sedated. I feel somehow bad about that part. It was my mom who first show me the photo of the baby that she took from her mobile phone. During that time also, the baby wasn’t allowed to room in with me since I’m in a ward (A ward where I was the only patient).

Looking forward to go home with my baby

The nurse advised me that I need to be able to stand up and go to the nursery to breastfeed my baby. It was so hard for me back then so I tried my best to walk around the ward while my mom wasn’t there. I have the ward all by myself. Then I felt so tired for a few minutes and I sat down then my mom got back and saw me that I’m extremely pale. She helped me get back to my bed and elevated my feet, called the nurse and took my blood pressure. It was a systole of 60 and a diastole that cannot be heard by the apparatus. They were already planning to do blood transfusion because the medical team discovered I lost a lot of blood during walking. In less than an hour (thank God) I finally got better. had to stay for another day in the hospital because I was under observation.

I felt so happy and relieved to be finally able to get home.




Pinpoint Preterm Labor Signs

At this point I wanted to share to the expecting mothers out there the signs of preterm labor. We have to be alert and cautious with our every movement (and I a not exaggerating) because we have tiny fragile human being inside us that is very dependent on us. Remember that if you started having contractions less than your 37th week of pregnancy, this is identified as preterm labor (premature labor).

And if you’ve given birth to your baby less than 37 weeks, this is considered premature birth. So here are the signs that you shouldn’t ignore:
• More vaginal discharge than usual
• A change in the type of discharge – if you’re leaking watery fluid or your discharge becomes watery, mucus-like, or bloody (even if it’s pink or just tinged with blood)
• Any vaginal bleeding or spotting
• Abdominal pain, menstrual-like cramping, or more than four contractions in one hour (even if they don’t hurt)
• More pressure in the pelvic area (a feeling that your baby is pushing down)
• Low back pain, especially if it’s dull or rhythmic, or you didn’t previously have back pain
These symptoms can be confusing because some of them, such as pelvic pressure or low back pain, are common during pregnancy, and sporadic early contractions may just be Braxton Hicks contractions. (Source: babycenter.com)

Photos that didn’t make the cut 🙂

Choosing from these photos taken by my cousin Abel.

That’s all for my fortnightly update of my growing baby bump. Starting next week I’ll be providing weekly updates since I’m getting closer to giving birth. If you feel like I missed anything just let me know. You can leave your comments below or contact me here, and be sure to leave any requests for any posts you’d like to read here on the blog! Thanks for reading! 😉

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