7:00 AM: 3-Mile Run + .2-walk – COMPLETED
And just like that, we enter the third and final trimester of pregnancy. We’re 12-weeks closer to being parents. I’m going to be a mommy and P is going to be a papa. How crazy does that sound? Every night, we lay on the couch and talk about how so excited we’re both for baby to get here, but only when he/she is well and ready. We know baby’s still cooking. Lately, Pedro’s been saying how this kid is going to be around such funny parents. I think that’s one of the strongest traits we have in common. We’re both full of comedy. I think it’s so important to laugh often in a relationship.
So here’s what’s going in Week 28 according to Baby Center.
How your baby’s growing:
By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
How your life’s changing:
You’re in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you’re like most women, you’ll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.
At this point, you’ll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you’ll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven’t yet had follow-up testing, you’ll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you’re Rh negative, you’ll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby’s blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you’ll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)
Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant “creepy-crawly” sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what’s known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it’s relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.
Today, I have my last four-week appointment and then I’ll be scheduling appointments every two-weeks. According to my home scale, I’ve gained 3-lbs since the last time I saw my doctor (4-weeks ago), so we’ll see how much I’ve gained when I step on her scale. If I calculate correctly, it’ll be a 10-lb. gain thus far.
Here’s my 28-week Bump Shot:
The last two weeks have been great. The baby’s been kicking consistently and more often. My energy level has still been pretty strong. I did have one leg cramp so far and hoping not too many more will occur. I can still see my feet… okay, my toes.
Hey, I can still tie my running laces, so that’s good news. I have a few questions to ask my OB… Her thoughts one whether I should sign up for lamaze and if she has any major concerns on me running my half marathon this coming Sunday. I didn’t get a long run in because I resting my calf from that painful cramp I suffered on Friday morning. So I’d like to get her take on it. And finally, registration for the day I deliver… I’m such a slacker. I need to get things moving.
Did you sign for lamaze class? Did you find it helpful? Help a pregnant woman out please.