Another mile stone

Today I am officially 32 weeks which makes me 8 months along. I can’t believe it! The time has really gone by quickly, however I am now becoming very aware of my pregnant self. I am definitely starting to “feel pregnant”…where you feel heavier, more tired, a little cranky, a little more sensative, along with other uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms that a womans body goes through. Overall though, I have to say, God has really been gracious with me as I go through my first pregnancy. I haven’t experienced nearly the amount of negative things as I thought and I am so grateful for that. I am excited that I can actually share a positive pregnancy story with friends and not have to be the negative one that freaks all the other first time moms in the room.

Here is a little blurb from BabyCenter.com about what me and baby are going through right now:

By now, your baby is just shy of 4 pounds and is nearly 17 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he’ll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth.

How your life’s changing:
To accommodate you and your baby’s growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.

You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your caregiver know right away, particularly if you haven’t had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.

Assuming it’s not preterm labor that’s ailing you, you can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.

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