Posted by: mommyq | March 17, 2005

24 Weeks

OK, time seems to be moving again! LOL I will be having this baby in 113 DAYS! YIKES!

I had my OB appointment on Tuesday night and all was well!

Appointment Stats:
Weight Gain: 2lbs since last appointment and 10lbs in total!
Blood Pressure: 120/80
Babies Heart Beat: We kept hearing the HB but never long enough to get the rate! LOL Every time she found it, Sydney would kick up and move and she would lose it! LMAO I have ONE active baby.

I have my forms for the Gestational Diabetes test so I will have to get this done in the next few weeks. Basically, I go to the lab and drink the horrid orange sweet liquid and then sit for 1 hour and wait. After 1 hour, I have blood drawn and they test my blood sugar levels to determine if they are in the normal range. If all is good, I am done with the glucose test. If the results are high, I then would have to undergo the 3 hour glucose test which is similar to the first except blood is drawn at 1, 2 AND 3 hours after drinking the sweet orange GUNK.

Baby:
Your baby is almost completely formed. He is now between 1.25 and 1.5 pounds and is about a foot long.

He will continue to gain weight in muscles, developing organs and the deposit of brown fat. The purpose of the brown fat is to retain body heat. Newborns are notoriously bad at regulating body temperature at first. This is particularly a problem for a baby born early. Changes are occurring in lung development so that some babies are able to survive (with intensive care services). Surviving babies may have disabilities and require long-term intensive care. A good estimate is that a baby born now would usually stay in the NICU until their official due date.

Your baby is totally unaffected by the Braxton Hicks contractions (a usually painless tightening of the uterus not affiliate with labor) you may be having as well.

Mommy:
Your fundus (top of the uterus) will continue to grow and reaches approximately 1 ½ to 2 inches above your navel. You may be becoming more aware of your baby’s movement patterns and can tell when he/she is sleeping or awake. In fact, it is not a bad idea to sleep or rest when you feel your baby resting.

You may start feeling a tightening of your uterus or abdomen from time to time. Don’t worry. This is normal and is your body “practicing” for the real thing. These are called Braxton Hicks contractions. Truth is, the uterus actually contracts at all phases of a woman’s life. However, we rarely notice this unless our uterus is full — like it is now.

At your doctor’s appointments you will continue to be measured for fundal height, weighed and asked how you are feeling. Between your 24th and 28th week, your doctor may order a glucose tolerance test to check your body for gestational diabetes, which occurs in some women.

Are you 24 weeks pregnant? Check out PregnancyCorner.com’s week by week calendar to learn more about you and your baby.

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Responses

  1. Did you figure everything out with your house yet? Is it still for sale? I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!!

    Stef

    • It is still for sale and they actually reduced the price yesterday. We are just waiting for Equifax to finalize their investigation which should be any day.

      • It would be great if they finalize the investigation soon and you guys get the house you wanted for a cheaper price!

        Cathy

      • Well that worked out for the better!

        Stef


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