33 Weeks

My non-stress tests have all been great.  Baby is active, and heartbeat is always strong.  My blood pressure is still low/normal.  My belly is measuring at exactly 33 weeks, right on schedule.  My blood sugar levels are still within the normal range and are fairly stable.  I’m getting use to measuring/weighing my food, counting carbs, eating enough protein and logging all my meals.  It’s time consuming and still very annoying, but I’m getting use to it.

I spoke with a different doctor at my last baby-checkup and she also said that they want me to deliver by 39 weeks.  So, I guess baby’s due date is April 21st.  I didn’t lose any weight this week.  I’m 152, so I gained almost a pound.  Still under my pre-pregnancy weight but at least I’m not losing a lot of weight too fast.

I hope and pray I go into labor on my own this time.  This is my last pregnancy and I really want to be able to experience my body’s natural response to labor.  I don’t want to be forced into labor again.  I read a great article about how a mother’s body prepares to go into labor on its own.  The placenta tells the brain that baby is ready for life outside the womb, and it sends signals to the brain to release hormones in preparation for painful contractions and other hormones to prepare your body for delivery.  When the body is in control, labor and delivery go much smoother and quicker.  When you’re induced, you’re flooded with synthetic hormones to force your body to deliver the baby.  It’s always more painful and it takes much longer.   I went through this with Faith.  31 hours of labor until I finally gave birth.  I want to experience labor and delivery naturally this time.  This is my last chance to have this experience.  I pray that I’ll go into labor on my own at 39 weeks.  I absolutely don’t want her to arrive any earlier than that.  There are all sorts of complications to baby’s health when they’re born premature.

I have been working hard on my big assignments for this semester.  I want to get them done early, before they’re due just in case I’m in the hospital.   I’m so glad I’ve finished my final assignments that are due at the end of the semester.  However, the last big assignment is an oral presentation with a PowerPoint slideshow due on the very last day of class.  I may not be there for the oral presentation, but the PowerPoint presentation is complete and she will just have to accept that if I can’t be there.  I really hope my GPA doesn’t drop if I can’t properly complete the oral presentations.  I have a 3.95 GPA which I worked very hard for.  I don’t believe there is any reason why my teacher can’t accept a video presentation if I’m in the hospital or at home recovering.  I graduate in May :)

33 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 33 weeks…

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This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark (about the size of a pineapple). She’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

 

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