Welcome to another pregnancy update! And I’m sorry I haven’t been updating fortnightly as promised on my previous posts. The baby is now on its 38th week! Wooh! My tummy is getting bigger, and I feel wobblier every passing day. From my check up on my 37th week, our little one is lying on a transverse position. His butt on my right waist and his head on my lower left waist. Now on our 38th week, still transverse (uh oh..) This time, his head on my upper right waist, while his butt is located on my lower left waist. We are hoping for a normal delivery and hoping he should be in a cephalic position soon.
How The Baby Is Growing
As per usual from the baby center update. Our little boy has really plumped up and weighs about 6.8 pounds. (Well he is already 6.9 pounds from my last ultrasound). And is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the length of a leek). He has a firm grasp, which soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! Organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. (But I don’t think I’m that ready yet…)
Wondering what color the baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If he’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If he’s born with steel-gray or dark blue eyes. They may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises may gain more pigment in the months after he’s born. But they usually won’t get “lighter” or bluer. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.) I’m asian, my partner’s asian. So we’re expecting our baby’s eyes to be dark brown to black.
How My Life Is Changing
I honestly feel that I always injure my lower right rib. Like fracture-close kind of injure. But according to my doctor it’s normal if I am “scoliotic”. Which I am. I have scoliosis and have it corrected through surgery when I was 12 years old. But all good now—- well not so good because of the pain. Though I wasn’t feeling like this before on my first pregnancy (11 years ago. Yep!)
For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your the nursery. Do some childproofing. Or take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby’s born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.
Well, I recently had my room renovated. I had a window dividing my room and our living room removed. Then converted it into a wall with shelves for more storage. Had the crib & bassinet setup his baby bag prepared which you can read here: My Baby Stuff Obsession. Also I already had my hospital bag prepared. And you can read it on this blog post: What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag.
Some swelling in your feet and ankles is normal during these last weeks. But call your doctor or midwife without delay if you notice excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles. More than slight swelling of your hands, any swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes. Or have a sudden weight gain. Also let her know immediately if you have severe or persistent headaches; visual changes (such as double or blurred vision. Seeing spots or flashing lights, light sensitivity, or a temporary loss of vision). An intense upper abdominal pain or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting. These are symptoms of a serious condition called preeclampsia. Thank goodness I don’t have this!
I am definitely up for breastfeeding because it IS beneficial. According to research, breastfeeding can help protect your baby from respiratory problems. Also ear infections, reduce your baby’s risk of allergies. Some childhood cancers, and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). reduce your stress level and risk of breast and ovarian cancer. I’m really hoping I can do this for a long time. By February I’ll be back to work and this will be a problem . Because I’ll be away from my baby for a long time 🙁
Increasing BreastMilk Supply for the baby
I’ve done some research on how can I can increase breast milk supply. Hoping this can help me and other moms out there. Here it is:
•Make sure that baby is nursing efficiently. This is the “remove more milk” part of increasing milk production. If milk is not effectively removed from the breast, then mom’s milk supply decreases. For a baby who is not nursing efficiently. Trying to adequately empty milk from the breast is like trying to empty a swimming pool. Through a drinking straw – it can take forever. Inefficient milk transfer can lead to baby not getting enough milk. Or needing to nurse almost constantly to get enough milk. If baby is not transferring milk well, then it is important for mom to express milk. After and/or between nursings to maintain milk supply while the breastfeeding problems are being addressed.
•Nurse frequently, and for as long as your baby is actively nursing. Remember – you want to remove more milk from the breasts and do this frequently. If baby is having weight gain problems, aim to nurse at least every 1.5-2 hours. During the day and at least every 3 hours at night.
•Take a nursing vacation. Take baby to bed with you for 2-3 days. And do nothing but nurse (frequently!) and rest (well, you can eat too!).
•Offer both sides at each feeding. Let baby finish the first side, then offer the second side.
•Switch nurse. Switch sides 3 or more times during each feeding. Every time that baby falls asleep, switches to “comfort” sucking, or loses interest. Use each side at least twice per feeding. Use breast compression to keep baby feeding longer.
•Avoid pacifiers and bottles when possible. All of baby’s sucking needs should be met at the breast (see above). If a temporary supplement is medically required. It can be given with a nursing supplementer or by spoon, cup or dropper (see Alternative Feeding Methods).
•Give baby only breastmilk. Avoid all solids, water, and formula if baby is younger than six months. And consider decreasing solids if baby is older. If you are using more than a few ounces of formula per day. Wean from the supplements gradually to “challenge” your breasts to produce more milk.
•Take care of mom. Rest. Sleep when baby sleeps. Relax. Drink liquids to thirst (don’t force liquids – drinking extra water does not increase supply), and eat a reasonably well-balanced diet.
•Consider pumping. Adding pumping sessions after or between nursing sessions can be very helpful. – pumping is very important when baby is not nursing efficiently or frequently enough, and can speed things up in all situations. Your aim in pumping is to remove more milk from the breasts and/or to increase frequency of breast emptying.
TIP when pumping
When pumping to increase milk supply, to ensure that the pump removes an optimum amount of milk from the breast, keep pumping for 2-5 minutes after the last drops of milk. However, adding even a short pumping session (increasing frequency but perhaps not removing milk thoroughly) is helpful.
•Consider a galactagogue. A substance (herb, prescription medication, etc.) that increases milk supply is called a galactagogue. (Read the original article on: Increasing Low Milk Supply
Another worry is how can I produce adequate milk supply for my baby. Seeking help to all breastfeeding moms out there! Please leave your comments below.
That is all for today’s pregnancy update. Not sure If I can keep you posted on the following week since I am nearing my due date. Based on my last menstrual period, my due date is on a Christmas Eve, December 24. A Christmas baby! But who knows? We are hoping and praying for a safe delivery and a healthy baby boy! Thanks for reading! 😉