*~~My Pregnancy This Week~~*

My Pregnancy This Week

Hello, Allyson!

Your baby now weighs a little less than 2 pounds and measures about 14 inches. Her weight will more than triple between now and birth as she rapidly puts on baby fat. She’ll need that fat to help adjust to colder temperatures outside the womb and as a source of energy and calories in the first days of life. It’s not uncommon for newborns, especially those who are breastfed, to lose weight (sometimes as much as 10 percent of their birth weight) in the first week after birth. If you’re having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.>> Read more about this week

“I get tired of everyone saying pregnant women are beautiful. I’ve never felt less attractive! I hear about women who love being pregnant, and I’m just puzzled by them.” — Laura
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Picture of your developing baby

In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter m.

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Signs of preeclampsia, and how to relieve constipation

Relieving constipation
Try the following ideas to get things moving:
• Exercise regularly.
• Drink plenty of water (at least six to eight glasses a day).
• Have a glass of fruit juice once a day and eat plenty of fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, cereals, fruit, and vegetables.
• When you feel the urge to go, act on it. Holding it in can cause your stool to dry out, making the problem worse.
• Don’t stop taking your iron supplement without your doctor’s okay. Changing your schedule or brand may help.
• Ask your provider about taking an over-the-counter fiber supplement or stool softener.

Around this time, your blood pressure may be increasing slightly as it returns to its normal pre-pregnancy range. (It was at a low from 22 to 24 weeks.) Though preeclampsia most often occurs in the last trimester, this is a good time to be aware of the warning signs of this dangerous condition that occurs in about 3 to 7 percent of all pregnancies. Signs you should be alert for include swelling of the hands and face, sudden weight gain (due to water retention), blurry vision, seeing spots before your eyes, sudden severe or persistent headaches, or upper abdominal pain. By checking for high blood pressure and protein in your urine, your caregiver will monitor you for preeclampsia at your routine prenatal visits, but call her immediately if you have any of these symptoms between appointments. Early identification of preeclampsia is essential for the health of you and your baby.Are you suffering from constipation? It’s a common complaint. Half of all pregnant women experience some reduction in bowel movements. The reason you’re backed up is that your digestive system has slowed down considerably and the weight of your uterus is pressing on your rectum. Iron supplements may also contribute to the problem.

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?Braxton Hicks contractions are merely the pregnant version of the mild involuntary uterine contractions that occur on a daily basis for most women, according to Dr. Mark Taslimi, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Involuntary muscles like the uterus, heart, and intestines contract on a regular basis without you even knowing it. As your uterus gets bigger, the contractions are more noticeable because more muscle mass moves with each one. Unless the contractions are frequent and occur at regular intervals, there’s no real cause for concern.


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