November 28th, 2009

Hello 24 Weeks and 1 Day!

Yesterday was really busy so I didn't get a chance post the baby info for this week. Oh well. Better late than never...

you're 24 weeks pregnant!

As much as we love your company, take a break from the computer if your fingers feel numb or tingly. It's probably carpal tunnel syndrome, often brought on by pregnancy. Stretch your hands frequently to loosen them up. For significant symptoms, try wrist braces or splints at nighttime.

In the past few weeks, the top of your uterus has risen above your belly button and is now about the size of a soccer ball. Most women have a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between now and 28 weeks. This test checks for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition.

your baby is the size of an ear of corn!

Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

from me!

Baby is growing more and more each day, with my "bump" getting bigger and bigger. I think I've grown more in these last two weeks than I have since day 1. It's been fun being here in Bethel for Thanksgiving and having Micah show us off to all his friends and family. He's quite proud of his baby-in-the-tummy. I tell you what though, it stinks to be pregnant during the holidays! There is too much good food and I can barely make it through half a plate. Grrr. Oh well. At least I won't be gaining a bunch of weight these holidays.. at least, not from overeating! hehehe...

Oh- one more thing. Please pray for me because I had a really rough night last night. My back is really hurting from the bed and I couldn't get comfortable and then I got up several times during the night to go throw up. So needless to say I'm a bit worn out this morning.

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