31 weeks + 3 days already. It’s flying by, people!! Things here are very good – I’m settling into my new routine of not having to go to school and have clinical for 24+ hours a week, and am enjoying the ability to sit down and rest.Right now, June Bug is about 3.5 lbs and around 18 inches long from head to toe. Really the only thing going on in there is that he/she is gaining much-needed fat stores and his/her lungs are developing for life outside the womb. June Bug’s irises can actually respond to light AND, crazily enough, he/she can tell the difference between sunlight and artificial light! Our baby’s a genius!
I had my 31 week check-up today. My blood pressure was 96/58, baby’s heart rate was 138, my urine was negative for protein and glucose, my fundus is measuring at 32 weeks, and I’ve gained a total of 22 lbs! Not too shabby =) My midwife said that currently June Bug is butt down, but they’re not really concerned about those types of things at this point. June Bug switches positions so much that I’m assuming he/she will assume the head-down position eventually! She said it feels like I have a really good ratio of fluid : space : baby in there, so June Bug’s got lots of room to move around and she’s not concerned that breech will be an issue. I did learn from her that breech = caesarean though … no one will deliver a breech baby anymore. That makes me a bit sad – I would prefer to have the option to give birth vaginally if June Bug stays breech. Ah well, we’ll cross that bridge if we need to!
My varicose veins are hurting less lately … I’ve gotten prescription strength support hose (nothing says “grandma” “hot mama” like support hose!) that are helping quite a bit. Just before I got them I was noticing that I had some pitting edema in my foot – not good! (For those of you who don’t know that term, pitting edema is swelling that when you push on actually leaves an indent … it’s not generally indicative of good things!) The swelling is gone, though, and I have an ankle again! So, although they’re not the most comfortable contraptions, they are helping, and I’m a good girl and wear them. They sure will put a damper on what I can wear this summer, though!
Belly pics!! These were taken on Saturday =)
Although I feel like my belly hasn’t grown much in the past few weeks, I know that it has!!