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Week 31 Pregnancy Journal- 4 Navel Oranges

14 Dec

How Big is Baby

Baby, fetus at 31 weeks - BabyCenter

According to BabyCenter.com,

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

According to BabiesOnline.com,

Your baby will gain weight faster than he’ll increase in length. By now the baby’s lungs and digestive tract are nearly mature. Your baby’s irises can now dilate and contract in response to light. Due to the deposits of white fat underneath the skin your baby’s skin is no longer red, but is now the wonderful newborn pink color. His fingernails may reach the end of the hands, too. Your baby is now a little over 3 pounds and is 16 inches long.(Picture supplied by 3D Sono Image)

You may worry if you are breathless from walking or sometimes even just sitting that your baby is in danger. This is not true. Your baby is getting plenty of oxygen from your placenta.

How I’m Feeling Physically

Physically I haven’t noticed many changes this week other than being a little more tired than usually and developing an itchy stomach.  So.  Not.  Fun.  If I try to relieve my stomach and chest and scratch at it, it only gets worse and I develop tiny red raised bumps all over.  I go to the doctor on Monday so I’ll ask her about it then, but I’m hoping it is not the pregnancy rash PUPPP.  I’ve been putting lots of lotion on it and wearing loose shirts and it has been helping.  I try not to rub, itch or touch it and then it is bearable.  I’m thinking about picking up some calamine lotion on my way home from work today to see if that helps any. 

I’m still getting in my gym workouts, some prenatal yoga and dog walks so I’m feeling good and trying to maintain my energy levels the best I can.  I keep reminding myself I wont be able to workout right after giving birth so I should make as many workouts as I can until Cameryn arrives!

Another thing that happened this past week was a decrease in Cameryn’s movements.  I didn’t feel any real movements on Sunday and hardly any on Monday morning.  I started freaking myself out that something was wrong, but after some ice cold water and poking around, I got her to move a bit.  I was thisclose to calling the doctor and heading into the hospital.  Luckily she was super active on Monday night and back to her normal moving routine.  When you are pregnant the doctors have you monitor your baby’s movements and anytime there is decreased movement you should take note and either try and count 5 movements in 1 hour or 10 movements in 2 hours.  If something doesn’t seem right, they advise you to head to the hospital immediately.  Trust me, it is not a good feeling and I was so stressed out on Monday.  I also did a little research and starting around week 32, the baby is getting bigger and there isn’t enough room for them to be kicking hard and moving a lot in the uterus.  I think this is the case with me, because although I’ve felt her move, I haven’t felt any huge kicks to my ribs lately.

 

How I’m Feeling Emotionally

I am still just super antsy.  Although time is going quickly,  the thought of having another 56 days until her due date seems like such a long wait!  Keith and I still have a lot to get done before her due date and are planning on getting her the rest of her baby things in early January.  So, I guess it is good we have some time on our hands before she arrives.

This past week, we had our 3d/4d 31 week ultrasound.  I posted pictures here.  Here is my favorite picture from the scan.

 

I’m still in awe that little being is snuggled inside me right now growing and gaining weight every day.  I’ve noticed the closer I am to my due date the more I look at pregnancy as a miracle.  It is probably my hormones (or I like to think), but it really amazes me every single day that my body is capable of creating a baby. 

Random Tidbits

  • Total Weight Gained- 20lbs (I’ve been gaining about a pound a week on average)
  • Foods I’m Craving:  Chocolate, Fruit, Peppermint Bark, Christmas Cookies, Pizza
  • Days Until Due Date:  56 days
  • Days Until Next Appointment:  4 days
  • Days Until Company Starts Arriving for Christmas:  7!!!  Yay!!!

Week 31 Baby Bump Pictures

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Other Pictures from Week 31 Pregnancy- Furniture! Cameryn’s room is still completely bare, but we have furniture!  I was afraid the furniture would be too big/heavy for her bedroom, but it looks so amazing!!!  Between two windows, two doors and a closet, we are going to try and do our best to plan her things around all the wall obstacles!  I can’t wait to get some frames and other things up on the walls!  Once her nursery is completely ready, I’ll do a picture tour!

I was airing out the drawers a little, they smelled so good like wood/cedar, but I didn’t want her clothes and blankets to smell like them.

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