Welcome to my fortnightly update of my baby bump. We are now at 32 weeks. So far so good. My diabetes test from my last lab and check up was normal. So no signs of diabetes which is good. The baby moves a lot lately. I was told by my doctor that it moves during the evening but I notice that it also move early in the morning and midday.
How The Baby Is Growing
On this 32nd week, the baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds – about the size of a large jicama (I honestly don’t know what that is) and is about 16.7 inches long. Basically the baby is taking up a lot of space in the uterus. According to my baby center update, I am gaining about a pound a week. Roughly half of that goes right to the baby. He’ll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. The baby now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth. I can’t wait to see our baby boy 🙂 But I am not ready to give birth yet on the early weeks of December. lol
How My Life Is Changing
To accommodate your and your baby’s growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. And with your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. (So true…) To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.
We had this buffet dinner a week ago. I felt bad that may eating game is not on point because of my stomach. I didn’t get to eat plenty of food. 🙁 Note to self: “Must schedule a buffet revenge after I give birth”.
You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your doctor or midwife know right away, especially if you haven’t had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.
At first I really got alarmed of my lower back pain and pelvic pain. But then I was advised by my doctor that its normal because my body is adjusting for the baby. What I’m bothered about now is my upper back pain. I’m kinda worried that my surgery from my scoliosis has something to do with it. I haven’t seen my orthopedic surgeon yet. But sometimes I don’t feel the need to do that since I remember he told me in my first pregnancy that I shouldn’t worry about it. Oh well.
“Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. (So that’s why). This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.” I literally feel like an old woman because of my back pain. Small things feel like a chore for me sometimes. The thing is I don’t let the pain stop me from what I should be doing so I end up feeling extra pained or tired.
Other Baby Preparations
I will actually have my room renovated since the baby will be staying with me most of the time. I have this odd window in between my room and our living room that has a curtain on it. And I’m planning on eliminating that because the curtain harbors dust and perhaps bacteria. I’ll have the window removed and turn it into a wall and have shelves placed on it. Designed the shelves by myself. 🙂 Perhaps I can show a before and after photos once its done.
I also disposed my really old (yeah like MORE THAN A decade old) dresser. I bought a new one from the mall which is a smaller one for extra space in the room. My bedroom is really narrow. It’s more of a bed space. I just want my room to be extra spacious since I’l be putting the baby’s crib there.
Also, I’ve already packed my hospital bag and the baby’s hospital bag. I just wanted everything to be ready when the moment comes in. Though I have a few stuff missing from my own hospital bag. I better check my previous post on What To Pack On Your Hospital Bag. I already have to bags just for my own stuff. I’m actually thinking if I should use a luggage instead. What do you guys think? Perhaps I may need to do more research about it.
That’s all for my fortnightly update of my growing baby bump. I know from my last baby bump update I said that I’ll be providing weekly updates since I’m getting closer to giving birth. Which I kinda failed to do. Sorry 🙂 Been busy lately. 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! 🙂