How your baby's growing: This week, your baby is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended and weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower).
How your life's changing: The second trimester is drawing to a close, but as your body gears up for the final lap, you may start noticing some new symptoms. Along with an aching back [yup!!], for example, you may find that your leg muscles cramp up now and then [not yet]. They're carrying extra weight, after all, and your expanding uterus is putting pressure on the veins that return blood from your legs to your heart as well as on the nerves leading from your trunk to your legs. Unfortunately, the cramps may get worse as your pregnancy progresses. Leg cramps are more common at night but can also happen during the day. When a cramp strikes, stretching the calf muscle should give you some relief. Straighten your leg and then gently flex your toes back toward your shin. Walking for a few minutes or massaging your calf sometimes helps, too.
It may be the furthest thing from your mind right now, but it's not too soon to think about family planning. You'll want to have made some decisions about postpartum birth control before your baby arrives. If you're considering a tubal ligation [nope], be aware that most states require you to sign a consent form at least 30 days beforehand.
This is our last week in the second trimester. When Finn was born so early, I missed out on a lot of things (obviously). One of these things was making it to the third trimester. Might not seem like a big thing to most (since I hear symptoms get worse!), but I'm looking forward to being able to say I made it that far! Fingers crossed for next Friday (yet so thankful for getting even this far)!
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.