Overall I’ve been feeling great. I’m starting to get tired a little earlier than I was a few weeks ago but it’s been pretty easy. I haven’t started any crazy cleaning kicks just yet but I do feel that is on the horizon. First baby shower is this week in Omaha with my family. Then once we get back it’s time to really start getting the room ready. In the mean time, I’ll just enjoy feeling the baby kicking all day while I’m sitting at work. We have a serious soccer player in the works here!
How your baby’s growing:
Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. The muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and the head is growing bigger to make room for the developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.
How your life’s changing:
Your baby’s very active now. Your healthcare provider may ask you to spend some time each day counting kicks and will give you specific instructions on how to do this. Let your provider know if you ever notice that your baby is becoming less active. You may need a nonstress test or biophysical profile to check on your baby’s condition.
Some old friends — heartburn and constipation — may take center stage now. The pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation, coupled with the crowding in your abdomen, slows digestion. Sluggish digestion can cause gas and heartburn — especially after a big meal — and contribute to constipation.
Some women get something called “supine hypertensive syndrome” during pregnancy. This happens when lying flat on your back causes a change in heart rate and blood pressure that makes you feel dizzy until you change position. You might notice that you feel light headed if you stand up too quickly, too. To avoid “the spins,” lie on your side rather than your back, and move slowly as you go from lying down to sitting and then standing.