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Want to know more about 30 weeks?

June 11, 2008

We have only 70 days to go!

 

Here are a few interesting items from my 30-week email update:

How Gizmo’s Growing

Gizmo’s long and skinny. And visually impaired for now.

Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now and weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). 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. 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.)

 *Update: Here’s a rendering of how much space Gizmo’s is hogging.

 

How Mom’s Feeling

I’m not sleeping very well about three nights a week. And I’m warm and kind of moody. Here are some reasons why:

Constant need to urinate Your bladder’s capacity has shrunk significantly because of your growing uterus. Drinking as little as possible an hour or two before bedtime may limit late-night trips to the bathroom.

Indigestion Avoid distending your stomach by eating small, frequent meals rather than three large ones.

Leg cramps Many pregnant women are occasionally awakened at night by leg cramps. Try stretching your calf by flexing your foot heel first, gently massaging your leg, placing a hot water bottle on the cramped area, or getting up and walking around. Eating more calcium-rich foods may also help.

Insomnia It’s very common during pregnancy to toss and turn with excitement and anxiety as your due date approaches. Try a warm bath before bedtime and a few relaxation techniques. Some women find that exercising during the day helps them sleep better at night. Whatever you do, try not to get too stressed over your lack of sleep — anxiety will only compound it. Avoid looking at the clock (knowing the time won’t make you feel better), close your eyes, and concentrate on your breathing. Some research suggests that willing yourself to stay awake will slide you into the land of nod in no time.

Worrying about your baby’s well-being Every parent-to-be is anxious about the many unknowns involved in having a baby. It may help to arm yourself with information. To ease your anxieties, read up and take a childbirth preparation class. Confide in your partner, too, who may be feeling the same way you are. Bringing your fears out into the open may help you exorcise them.

 

I just can’t get comfortable. Join the club. As your pregnancy progresses and your body gets more unwieldy, getting comfy can be next to impossible. But a maternity pillow or new sleep position can help — click here for some suggestions.

 

 

How Dad’s Feeling

He is loving the kicks, hiccups, and twirls performed by Gizmo on a nightly basis. Especially when they come while he’s talking to Giz through the “microphone” (aka my belly button). He also takes the opportunity to remind Gizmo to always listen to Mommy and Daddy. I think this information will really stick.

 

Belly Laughs (courtesy of babycenter.com)

This is becoming increasingly more true. Unfortunately for me and those around me.

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