Posted by: mommyq | May 26, 2005

34 Weeks

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. It has been a BUSY week!

I have been having Braxton Hicks contractions like CRAZY this week! Basically, it feels like I have been doing hundreds and hundreds of sit ups! LOL With the frequency of the Braxton Hicks, it kicked my butt into gear regarding my hospital packing so, I went out and bit the bullet and purchased the granny panties that I was so dreaded, got myself a nice little jammy and robe set and picked up a whole bunch of the travel size items like shampoo etc. I also picked up a package of diapers for Syd, wipes and have packed her bathing stuff as well since they do bath her in the hospital. So, the suitcase is almost ready to go…I just have a few of Pat’s stuff to pack.

We had a crazy busy long weekend starting with our last pre-natal class on Saturday! After that we made our way over to Chuck E Cheese for Jacob’s birthday party! We were a bit late arriving but we made up for it by going out with Oliver and Dana after and managing to close out Wendy’s at 12AM! (In the olden days it would SOOO have been a bar and about 3AM but since we are old and stuff, Wendy’s at midnight is QUITE an accomplishment! LOL) We then had Laura and Chris’ wedding on Sunday and we had a nice time. The martini bar that they had during the cocktail hour certainly made me long for my non pregnancy days but, I sipped on some Cranberry and Soda and made the best of it! LOL The food was wonderful although the service was a little slow making the dinner drag on till after 11PM! I had to get up during each course and stretch my pregnant legs and make sure that the blood was flowing! LOL We left at about midnight and decided to stop for coffee with Oli, Dana and the kids. We just don’t get to see them often with them being out of town so it was nice to spend some time with them all! So, another late night as we didn’t get home till about 1:30 or so!

Then, on Monday, the two late nights and busy days caught up to me and I passed out from about 2PM – 5PM!!! This is SOO not like me as I have NEVER been a nap person. I have to be near exhaustion to fall asleep during the day (this may also be because I am nosy and cannot fall asleep while stuff is going on! LMAO) So, Monday was pretty much a write off but from what I remember the few times I looked out the window, the weather wasn’t that great! 😀

That is all I can think of for now…so, on to the weekly update:

34 WEEKS:

Baby:
Your baby can – and does – respond just as a newborn would by opening his eyes while awake and closing them while sleeping. Your baby can also grasp firmly and his little fingernails may need to be trimmed shortly after birth. This month also offers more time for your baby to build antibodies and for his skin to continue to thicken. Your baby is approximately 18 inches long and weighs about 4.5 pounds. It’s wonderful to know that if your baby was born now, it has a 95 percent chance of full and normal survival with medical intervention.

Mommy:
Your body is really getting ready and you may notice that you have more and more contractions that seem less and less like practice! This is a great sign that your body is getting ready. This is a good time to learn all you can about labor and the stages of labor:

First Stage – This begins when you start to have regular contractions that increase in frequency and intensity. The contractions will then pick up and you will be in the active phase of the first stage of labor. Contractions are more intense and come more frequently, usually requiring more of your attention. Somewhere between this active phase and the next phase, transition, you will change to your place of birth. Transition is the short but hard part of labor. Transition has contractions coming very close together, but they never actually feel any stronger than the contractions of the active phase. At the end of transition you will be completely dilated.

Second Stage – You begin this stage when you are completely dilated. You will begin pushing your baby into this world. Your contractions will get further apart and feel differently. If you have been un-medicated you will feel the urge to push. If you have been medicated you may or may not feel the urge to push and will be directed at how to proceed. If there is an episiotomy done, it will be done at the end of this stage. The end of the second stage will be marked by the birth of your baby!

Third Stage – This is the anticlimax. Anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour after delivering your baby they will want you to give a few small pushes to get the placenta out.

Are you 34 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. It was great to see you guys too. 🙂

    Too bad none of us know when to call it a night, eh? LMAO!

    • Meh, that is all part of our crazy charm!!! LOL


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