Saturday, 20 June 2009

Mama Fact of the Day

39 weeks and 2 days - Midwife today. Booked in for a sweep a week after due date if baby doesn't arrive before then... that gives you 12 days baby! come on!

Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey, Chim chim cher-ee! A sweep is as lucky, as lucky can be!

Fetal Fact of the Day

39 weeks -
"One uncomfortable complaint of late pregnancy is frequent hiccups. No, not you, your baby. Because there is no air around your baby, when she practices breathing, it can cause amniotic fluid to get into her windpipe, resulting in those regularly spaced thumps that make you think you're carrying a jumping bean in your belly. Other news this week:

The lanugo (an exotic word for soft, downy hair) that used to cover your baby's body has mostly disappeared, but you may find a bit leftover on the shoulders, forehead and neck. Don't freak and think you've given birth to a monkey: It'll fall out soon.

The color of baby's skin is changing from a red-pink hue to a white or blue-pink color (even in babes with dark skin). These changes are due to the amount of fat your little pudger is putting on. The circumference of your baby's head and abdomen are about the same size now (though you may not be able to tell if your baby's born with the common cone-shaped head!).

The placenta is lending your Mini antibodies that'll keep him strong and healthy after birth. That said, it's still a good idea to invest in that mega-size bottle of hand sanitizer.

At this point your little critter is about 19 to 20 inches long and weights about 7 pounds. That's just around the size of a large rabbit. What's up Doc?"

Thanks to: http://3dpregnancy.parentsconnect.com/calendar/39-weeks-pregnant.html

Quote of the Day

"A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for"
Anonymous

Monday, 15 June 2009

What a relief

What a relief... after 10 weeks of neglecting this blog I am finally up to date on all the weeks I missed - Thank goodness for my hand written journal and twitter for reminders of my weekly progress. And also thank goodness for the huge resources on the internet these days.

I have loved reading about my babys development in the womb, along with the changes that are happening to my body. Many of the astonishing facts I wouldn't have read if it wasn't for writing this blog... things like:

The fact my uterus is now thousands times bigger than it was... in the space of 9 months?!

The fact that I am carrying around 6-8lbs worth of extra fluid!

And knowing that by the time I reach full term my blood volume will have increased up to a staggering 50%!

I hope you have enjoyed reading all the facts too.

With just 2 weeks to go til my estimated due date I will try and keep the blog updated... and of course share my birth story on here... however that may turn out!!

Mama Fact of the Day

38 weeks - I am seriously nesting...

"If you can't stop Windexing everything in sight or you have a sudden desire to rearrange your linen closet again, then you're officially nesting. Nesting is the phenomena where exhausted and very pregnant women suddenly find the energy and the drive to clean like their life depends on it.

Though many women think "nesting" is a wives' tale, it's actually not the stuff of urban legend, and many women get the powerful urge to ready their home for the impending arrival in the final weeks of pregnancy."

I am also seriously huge...

Fetal Fact of the Day


38 weeks - "Your baby's intestines have accumulated a considerable amount of meconium (the code name for black, tar-like baby poop), which is usually eliminated shortly after birth and gives you your first experience with the 100-wipe diaper change.

Baby's lungs continue to mature and her brain and nerve function are working better every day. The latter two will continue to mature until Junior is a teenager, at which point she'll know it all (or at least she'll think she does)."

Quote of the Day

"Feeling fat lasts nine months but the joy of becoming a mom lasts forever."
Nikki Dalton

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Mama Fact of the Day

37 weeks - My energy levels are really high this week... things seem to be on the move, albeit slowly! I believe I had a 'show' earlier in the week.
I have seen the midwife, everything is normal and she says the baby is 2-3/5 engaged. This means 2-3/5 of the babies head is engaged in my pelvis.

Fetal Fact of the Day


37 weeks - "Huge news this week: You're carrying a full-term baby! If you were to go into labour today, all systems would be a go. Woohoo!

Baby's growth slows down dramatically this week, which is great news for your birth canal. His bones are still soft and pliable and will solidify after he's born. More great news for your birth canal.

So if he's all cooked and ready to go, what the heck is he still doing in there?! He's busy practicing for "life on the outside," working on his breathing, sucking, sleeping, gazing and peeing abilities. The only thing he can't practice yet is his ability to scream at the top of his lungs when he's hungry—but he'll do plenty of that in a few weeks.

At this point babies vary in size, but the average length is between 19 and 20 inches and most babies weigh approximately 6 pounds."

Quote of the Day

"To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited."
Anne Buchanan & Debra Klingsporn

Mama Fact of the Day

36 weeks - I can't remember if I've mentioned my cravings yet on this blog but they have pretty much remained the same the whole way through...
Ice:
I just can't get enough, and can crunch my way through a few kilograms every week!
Paint Stripper (turps, white spirit, petrol, etc):
Not healthy but nothing beats a good whiff!


I also moved home to my parents this week, from Brighton. Always hate moving but not too stressful this time and it's good to be home!

Fetal Fact of the Day


36 weeks - Baby is gradually dropping. This is called lightening or engagement, and my lungs and stomach will finally get a chance to stretch out a little - breathing and eating should become easier... However, walking is becoming increasingly uncomfortable and I constantly need the toilet!

Quote of the Day

"Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do." Author Unknown

Mama Fact of the Day

35 weeks - "Your baby has pretty much taken over your entire torso by now. Over the past few months, he's squished and mushed all of your organs out of the way. Any day now, he'll make a final move and shove your heart up and to the left to make more room for himself. (See, he's got your heart in his hands already.)

Before all this pregnancy stuff, your uterus was a small ball the size of your fist and was tucked neatly away behind your pelvis. Today your uterus is the size of a small watermelon and reaches all the way up to your ribs.

At this point in your pregnancy all the blood has gone to your belly ... literally. Nearly 1/6 of your body's total blood volume is chugging around in the vessels in your uterus. So that's why you feel so lightheaded all the time!"

Fetal Fact of the Day


35 weeks - This week, my little one is now sporting fingernails and has a fully developed pair of kidneys. Babys liver can also process some waste products.

There's much less amniotic fluid and much more baby in my uterus, which has expanded to a thousand times its original size!!!

Quote of the Day

You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"

Mama Fact of the Day

I also twitter at www.twitter.com/goingitalone
Some of my updates from 34-35 weeks:

in other news, I am still so stuck for a boys name. I have exactly one calender month to decide. (Two girls names shortlisted...finally)
4:46 PM May 24th from web

wishing she wasn't 'going this alone'. thank God for family
4:35 PM May 24th from web

laughed solidly for an hour with my mum last night.. haven't laughed like that in ages. h i l a r i o u s. and all because she farted.
2:18 AM May 20th from web

cannot believe i fell and sprained my leg on the way home from visiting dad in hospital yesterday. unbelievable. on the mend today.
10:12 AM May 19th from web

Fetal Fact of the Day


34 weeks - Baby now weighs more than 4.7lbs/2.2kgs and is around 18"/45cms from top to toe. Baby is filling out and getting rounder as it needs these fat layers later to regulate body temperature.

Babies hearing is now fully developed too so when I get a quiet moment I can talk to baby!

Quote of the Day

Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.
Rita Rudner

Friday, 12 June 2009

Mama Fact of the Day


33 weeks - and time for another bump picture to go with my 3d ones! What a good week!
I am looking very smug here - it is at my leaving do/baby shower and everyone was very kind, too kind. It was a great evening.

Fetal Fact of the Day

33 weeks - an amazing experience this week, my 3d scan! The pictures say it all...





Quote of the Day

"The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."
Jill Churchill

Mama Fact of the Day

32 weeks - This is my last week of work before maternity leave. Two years later, from Sales Assistant to Internet & PR Manager, it's time to say goodbye to www.velvetstore.co.uk and all my gorgeous friends.

Fetal Fact of the Day

32 weeks - Fat layers continue to get deposited under the baby’s skin and the bones of the baby harden except for the skull. The skull needs to be soft and flexible for the delivery. The pressure on the head during child birth is so strong that many times babies are born with a cone head like appearance! These bones don’t fuse until early adulthood and so they grow as the brain and other tissues expand during infancy and childhood.

Quote of the Day

"I begin to love this creature,
and to anticipate her birth
as a fresh twist to a knot,
which I do not wish to untie."

Mary Wollstonecraft

Mama Fact of the Day

31 weeks - "It is normal to gain 1lb a week in the last trimester"
If I stick to that, my total pregnancy weight gain will be under 2st. I can live with that!!

Fetal Fact of the Day


31 weeks - My baby's organs are continuing to mature and baby is passing water from its bladder. Soon I can wonder what baby is wishing for - brain scans have shown that fetuses have periods of dream sleep around month eight! Amazing!

Quote of the Day

"Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be."
Carrie Fisher

Mama Fact of the Day


30 weeks - New bump photo, finally don't look just 'fat'!!

In other news, I think it's pretty amazing that I can blame 2-3lb weight gain on extra blood, 1-2lbs on my uterus and a whopping 5-6lbs on extra fluid & amniotic fluid!

Fetal Fact of the Day


30 weeks - My baby's lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed.

This week my baby continues to open and shut its eyes. Baby can probably see what's going on in utero, distinguish light from dark and even track a light source. Some researchers think baring your stomach to light stimulates visual development - but rest assured I will only be doing this in the privacy of my own garden when the sun is out!

To complete the picture, baby now has eyebrows and eyelashes.

Quote of the Day

"A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die."
Mary Mason

Mama Fact of the Day

29 weeks - midwife appointment this morning. lucozade at 8.30am? no thanks! however, was a must for my blood tests this morning. don't think i have gestational diabetes though. baby is breech and measuring on the small side but has another 11 weeks to bake! she predicts girl...

Fetal Fact of the Day


29 weeks - My baby now weighs around 2.5 pounds/1.1 kilograms and measures about 15 inches/38 centimetres from head to toe.

Sex...
In boys, testicles descend from near the kidneys through the groin en route to the scrotum. In girls, the clitoris is relatively prominent because it's not yet covered by the still-small labia. These will grow to cover it in the last few weeks before birth.

My baby's head is getting bigger, and brain growth is very rapid at this time. Nearly all babies react to sound by 30 weeks.

Quote of the Day

"A grand adventure is about to begin."
Winnie the Pooh

Neglected

I haven't written a post for ten weeks, disgusting!

So it's time to back track and catch up with myself!