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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Friday, November 12

26 weeks - Uncharted waters!

How your baby's growing: The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. She may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. And she's continuing to put on baby fat. She now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel.
She's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of her lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when she's born and takes that first gulp of air. 

How your life's changing: Are you rushing around trying to get to childbirth classes [tomorrow!] and prepare your baby's room [I don't have any inspiration or ideas other than I know I want at least SOME pink in the design. Any suggestions?] while still taking care of all your other daily tasks? Make sure that you also continue to eat well and get plenty of rest. Around this time, your blood pressure may be increasing slightly, although it's probably still lower than it was before you got pregnant. (Typically, blood pressure falls toward the end of the first trimester, and it tends to reach a low at about 22 to 24 weeks.) [I think my blood pressure this week was 80 over 50 or something like preeclampsia here!]

If your lower back seems a little achy lately [YES! mainly in the morning before I get out of bed and at night before going to bed], you can thank both your growing uterus [thank you, growing uterus!] — which shifts your center of gravity, stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, and may be pressing on a nerve — as well as hormonal changes that loosen your joints and ligaments. Plus, the extra weight you're carrying means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints, which is why you may feel worse at the end of the day. Walking, standing, or sitting for long periods, as well as bending and lifting can all put a strain on your back. A warm bath or hot compress might bring relief. (Some women, though, find cool compresses more comforting.) Try to maintain good posture during the day, avoid activities that require bending and twisting at the same time [with a toddler? Yeah right!], take frequent breaks when sitting or standing, and sleep on your side with one or both knees bent with a pillow between your legs, using another pillow (or wedge) to support your abdomen. [Time to get a pillow, I guess!]


kborn said...

pillows didn't work for me.

welcome to the waters--enjoy your stay!

childbirth classes--what are those? mike and i skipped that!

wish you could join us tomorrow--we'll have to get together soon!!

Stacy Thomas said...

We obviously missed our birthing classes with Finn and I was fine skipping them this time, but I think my "coach" wanted to learn a few tools to feel more useful! I really wish we could be there, too. Maybe one week night we can get together to celebrate. Enjoy his day :)