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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, December 10

Happy to be 30!

Thirty weeks, that is. I honestly didn't think we'd make it this far when we got pregnant, but so thankful that we have! I'd prefer a full term baby, but I also know I can handle a 3 pound one!

How your baby's growing: Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage).
A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.) If you shine a light on your belly – your baby can follow it.

How your life's changing: You may be feeling a little tired these days, [Yup!] especially if you're having trouble sleeping. You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off. Also, this relaxation of your ligaments can actually cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size.

Remember those mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes can result in a return of those emotional ups and downs. It's normal to worry about what your labor will be like or whether you'll be a good parent. But if you can't shake the blues or feel increasingly irritable or agitated, talk to your doctor or midwife. You may be among the 1 in 10 expectant women who battle depression during pregnancy. Also let your caregiver know if you're frequently nervous or anxious.

I don't know about being clumsy, but holy pregnancy brain. I can't remember the most common things...like last night when I couldn't remember what to call a CD player! Jim said his fatherhood book said a pregnant woman's brain shrinks 3 to 5% in the third trimester. I guess I'm a testament to that! At least Jim is understanding...for the most part!

1 comment:

kborn said...

We should've wished you a happy 30 on Friday! :-)
We're organizing and reorganizing here--we'll be bringing by the crib and clothes soon!! (but not today, the weather sucks out there...)