Tuesday, February 18, 2014

24w5d: Belly Button Pops!

Well, outside of the utter chaos that has been our life these two months of the year, Baby G continues to wreak havoc on Momma's body.

Her bully button has officially popped. Or protruded a bit shall be say. Along with the linea negra, all sorts of crazy are happening to her.

What still freaks me out though is how her body's internal organs were moved up and to the side to make room for the baby. Mother Nature is just cray cray....

Baby G is now gaining about six ounces of weight per week. This is now mainly due to the fact that the baby is now growing fat in his or her body.

The baby's hearing is almost what mine is not, sonic. He can hear everything at this point. And his face is nearly perfected at this point. Everything is where it's supposed to be. If the baby has hair, it is actually white since the body does not have pigmentation just yet.

Luckily wife continues her application of Bio-Oil. She rubs the lotion on the hand.....(yes, famous line from Silence of the Lambs, but I digress). The oil is to keep her skin hydrated during the significant stretching metamorphosis its undergoing.

Interestingly, she hasn't shared any clumsiness (in walking or stumbling). Right about now, their center of gravity is impacted and expecting mothers tend to trip or stumble upon things as they learn to gravitate towards their new center of gravity now that the baby is weighing down on her equilibrium.

(maybe her cankles are anchoring her into position...ok sorry sorry but couldn't resist).

The What To Expect resource also shares these other important tidbits:

The palms of her hands may turn red and the red may spread, too, to the soles of your feet (though you're less likely to notice that once your feet become more difficult to see). Though this is a relatively normal symptom (especially this far into pregnancy) be sure to mention it to your doctor — there's a chance it could indicate a rare pregnancy complication called cholestasis. Along with virtually all the stranger symptoms you'll be experiencing as the months go by (such as the metallic taste in your mouth, skin tags appearing out of nowhere, bigger feet, increased saliva — am I drooling? — and vision changes, to name a few), you can blame your hormones (and throw darts at them, if you like — take that, progesterone!). As for getting the red out, there are no sure solutions — besides delivery. Until then, avoid anything that makes the red redder — such as being overheated, taking long, hot baths or showers, or wearing too-warm or too-tight gloves or socks. You might even try going on a dishwashing strike while you're expecting (good luck with that plan!). Just tell your spouse it's doctor's (and Heidi's) orders!

Week 24 Pregnancy Symptoms

Constipation: There is a good reason for pregnancy constipation — pregnancy hormones cause intestinal muscles to relax in order to keep food in your digestive system longer so you and your baby can absorb more nutrients. But just because it's for a good cause, that doesn’t make it pleasant. Drink lots of water and fruit and vegetable juices to get things moving faster through your system and to soften your stool, making it easier to pass.
Occasional headaches: If you find that your headaches last for days, are severe, and are sometimes accompanied by nausea or vision changes, you may have migraines. Let your practitioner know about your migraines and keep a journal recording what you ate, where you were, and what you were doing before you experienced a migraine so that you can pinpoint your migraine triggers — and start to avoid them.
Lower abdominal achiness: As your uterus continues to expand, the ligaments that support your uterus continue to stretch — and may cause some pain. Occasional achiness in this area is normal, but if the discomfort is accompanied by symptoms such as fever, chills, or bleeding, see your practitioner.
Backaches: Back pain is quite common during pregnancy, but if your discomfort is severe, ask your practitioner to refer you to a specialist such as a physical therapist or acupuncturist.
Leg cramps: When leg cramps start to cramp your style, try straightening your leg and gently flexing your ankle and toes up toward your shins several times. This can stop the spasm.
Vision changes: Are your contact lenses bothering you lately — or is your vision sometimes blurry? Pregnancy hormones can decrease tear production (causing eye irritation) and increase fluid buildup in the eye, temporarily altering your vision. This should pass shortly after delivery, so don’t go out and get any new eyeglass or contact-lens prescriptions while you’re expecting.
Mild swelling of ankles and feet: Don’t be alarmed if the swelling in your feet has caused you to “grow” out of your favorite shoes. Simply do what you can to avoid letting body fluids (which increase during pregnancy) pool in your legs — so that means elevating your legs when you’re sitting.





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