Friday, June 20, 2008

Your Pregnancy - Week 30

Your Body This Week:
You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you're having trouble sleeping. *Trouble sleeping?! Bwahaaaaaa...what sleep?!?!* You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, *That's the understatement of the century!!!* 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.Remember those mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? *earlier?! HAH!* 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. *It's summer time in Arkansas, I am 20lbs heavier than normal. The temperature and humidity are unimaginable, I think my doctor would just laugh if I told him I was deliver this baby!!*

Your Baby This Week:

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). *She actually weighed in at 2lbs at our ultrasound Wednesday, measuring a week behind her due date. **sigh** 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. *Which means more weight for me to carry around.* 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.)

6 comments, add yours here:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

boy i never knew lots of that stuff when i was pregnant... cool!

smiles, bee

Akelamalu said...

It's just a total miracle! Not long now. :)

Tina of MyGoodFinds said...

Hang in there Mama!

Rebecca said...

Twenty pounds is not bad, girl. I can't wait to meet this little girl and give her (and the rest of yous) a bagillion kisses!

Ruthie said...

Hang in there, babe! I feel for ya! Goodness, I'm so glad I'm through with that stuff. Phew!!

Anonymous said...

Maternal stress is also linked with imperfections in the developing nervous system which can lead to problems of perception, thinking, and memory. These mothers experience constant stress, shame, loneliness and, sometimes, clinical depression during pregnancy or after giving birth.