29 weeks..haven’t done this for a couple of weeks.
- Let’s get right to the point: You’re a bloated, water-retaining mess. Chances are good you can’t get your sneakers on or your wedding ring off, so get comfy in your slippers. Your pants don’t fit. Your shirts don’t fit. And now, thanks to the swelling in your feet, your shoes don’t fit. You can thank a wonderful thing called edema for that. Go edema!
- Extreme swelling (as in "Oh my god, what happened to my hands?!") might be a sign of preeclampsia, so make sure to see your doctor. For mild edema, your doctor may recommend support hose—with plenty of room for your belly—and drinking plenty of water. Also, a low-salt diet may not be any fun (No potato chips! No soy sauce!), but it may help to minimize edema and water retention.
- On the bright side, edema is a great excuse for sitting down, propping your feet up, and asking your partner to bring you a cool drink and this week’s US Weekly.
- Having a baby prematurely is frightening, no doubt. But here’s a reason to relax: Due to the impressive advancements of medical technology, if your baby is born this week, she’d have a 9 out of 10 chance of survival, which is seriously great news. Other awesome developments:
- Baby’s brain can now control her breathing and body temperature. She can also cough, and her sucking abilities have been perfected. Look out, boobs!
- Your Mini’s skin is looking less wrinkled as she packs on the pounds. She’s starting to look more like a Pampers model and less like a Depends model. She’s now beefing up on the energizing and insulating white fat she’ll be born with (unfortunately, white fat is not energizing and insulating for adults!).
- And speaking of energy, your little Energizer Bunny is on fire these days. You’re sure to feel your share of kicks, punches and elbows, especially when you’re lying down. You might want to start keeping a kick chart to monitor your baby’s movements, and also to later show your 13-year-old child what you endured for him or her. Ask your doctor how to count kicks and how often you should do it.
- This week your baby is a little over 15 inches long—about the length of a loaf of bread—and weighs about 3 pounds, as much as a Macbook Air laptop.
As for me…
-I have very, very little edema yet, almost none in fact. I go through puffy moments but they don’t stick around. My hands get really achy and puffy while I am asleep and then return to normal throughout the day.
-I have days on end of uncontrollable heartburn and then days when I have none at all. I am on a 4 day heartburn-free streak right now.
-My hips are a mess as is my groin, but I am learning to manage the pain and hoping it does not increase, but rather stay unilateral til birth.
-Baby is strong and kicking up a storm around the clock which I of course love.
-I am in nesting overdrive and just want to wash and fold all the baby clothes now…but we have nowhere to put them yet so I leave them put away and it’s driving me mad.
-My boobs have not changed size this pregnancy, guess they already reached their max last time haha. They are covered in blue veins though and ache like mad.
-I have gained 8lbs total in 29 weeks, 2 of those in the last 2 weeks, finally starting to pack on the pounds. Pregnancy is the only time in my life I would use those words haha.
-BP has been steady and stable in the 120/80-122/85 range, so that is good.
-Passed my GD diabetes test with flying colours
-No RH conflicts, so that is good.
-8-10 more weeks til we get to meet our wee one.
-2.5 more weeks before my weekly biophysical’s begin. When they do it means 5-8 weeks til we meet bebe on the outside 🙂
Most importantly I am happy and 99% at peace in this pregnancy only freaking out a couple times a month typically which rocks. I am
doing so much better then I ever thought I could and I really hope things stay this way. Just need to keep surrounding myself with possitive thoughts.