Monday, June 4, 2012

24 Weeks

Ok so the picture isn't that great, but at least I posted one.
24 weeks, which according to my baby sites that means there's only around 16 more weeks left! That seems like such a short amount of time! (Which may explain why I in my dream Seth was born already.)

I've started swelling up more and more in my feet and occasionally in my hands. My heartburn has been pretty intense no matter what I eat or when I eat it. Thank God for Tums! My doctor did say if I get heartburn a lot and Tums doesn't work I can take something like Prevacid, but I'll just stick with Tums for now.

My next doctors appointment is in around 4 weeks and I'll be doing the Gestational Diabetes Testing (1 hr.) hopefully I'll pass. It's going to be a little difficult on me since I don't drink very fast or very much and now I know I'll have to. And hopefully I won't get sick!

Seth has been kicking more and more. And yesterday for the first time he kicked hard enough that I could see it from the outside. That was pretty interesting. He's kicking up in my ribs.. not comfy! Luckily he doesn't kick there a lot and so far not very hard. He still refuses to move for other people. Miles has been the only one able to actually feel him kick, which is driving my mom nuts. Lol.

Ok I pretty much just woke up so lets see what Baby Center has to say about this week.

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. 
How your life's changing:
In the past few weeks, the top of your uterus has risen above your belly button and is now about the size of a soccer ball. Most women have a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between now and 28 weeks. This test checks for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition. Untreated diabetes increases your risk of having a difficult vaginal delivery or needing a cesarean section because it causes your baby to grow too large, especially in his upper body. It also raises your baby's odds for other complications like low blood sugar right after birth. A positive result on your GCT doesn't mean you have gestational diabetes, but it does mean that you'll need to take the glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out for sure.
Finally, if you don't already know how to spot the signs of preterm labor, now's the time to learn. 

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