Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Our Pregnancy: 33 Weeks!

I am thrilled to have reached another week with these two! I am sure we have at LEAST 2-3 more to go, but we'll just have to see what happens one day at a time!

I was going to update yesterday on how the OB appointment went but it snowballed into an overnight stay at the hospital so now there's much more to tell!

I had an early OB appointment which went fine. Vitals were all good, my belly is measuring 44 weeks, heartbeats sounded great on doppler. My only complaints have been breasts that have been more tender this week, ocassional light headedness and some cervical pressure on Sunday. Dr. Jo did a FFN test and a cervical check. I have dilated a little more, from a fingertip/1 cm to 1-2 cm. Not a big change, but apparently that plus the results from the FFN test which came back positive were enough for her to want me to come back to the hospital for extended monitoring. I wasn't thrilled about having to come all the way back (an hour drive each way) for what I felt was going to end up being a waste of time and kind of figured would turn into an overnight stay because of how late in the day it was by then. I would have TOTALLY understood if they'd said "the FFN was positive, be extra aware of contractions and if anything feels off head to the hospital" but I haven't been actively contracting, no discharge, plus we already had a positive FFN at 28 weeks so I wasn't feeling like the positive results this time were enough to warrant a hospital visit but oh well! It is definitely better safe than sorry and hopefully after continuous monitoring since 3pm  yesterday they'll feel comfortable sending me home to continue doing what we've been doing.

There was an ultrasound ordered for this morning to check cervical length as well and the tech checked on the girls briefly first and wonder of wonders since last Thursday's ultrasound Miss Baby B has FLIPPED to a head down position! I thought for sure they'd be out of room by now, especially after a month in the same position. But somehow she did and they are lined up beautifully for delivery. Heads right next to each other, A still RIGHT on my cervix and both facing my back. It was really cool to see that!! Cervix is still measuring 3 which is awesome. The peri came in after the ultrasound and said he will recommend they send me home to keep doing what we've been doing and just keep the appointment we already had scheduled for next Thursday with Dr. Mann.

So that is the excitement since yesterday!! :)

Here is what's going on this week!


Week Thirty Three: Lanugo is disappearing

You are 33 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 31 weeks)
  • The baby inside you is now about 4.4 pounds (2 kg) and around 17.5 inches (44cm) in length.
  • The diameter of the head is about 8.5cm.
  • The baby fuzz, lanugo, is disappearing.
  • Your baby drinks about a pint of amniotic fluid a day.
  • You may gain a pound a week (500g) for the rest of your pregnancy.
  • Half of your weight gain will go directly to your baby.
The baby is using it's lungs to practice breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid. Your baby is drinking about a pint of amniotic fluid a day now and urinating the same amount. The early baby fuzz, lanugo, is disappearing now and being replaced by actual hair. The nails of your baby are now long enough to reach to the tip of the fingers or beyond and may need trimming as soon as they are born. They may scratch their face even before birth.

You may gain a pound a week for the rest of your pregnancy. Do not stop eating or start skipping meals as your weight increases. Both you and your baby need the calories and nutrition you receive from a
healthy diet.

Calcium intake is extremely important during pregnancy because the baby will draw calcium from the mother to make and harden bone. This can greatly weaken her own bones and teeth because the developing fetus will take minerals from the mother's skeletal structure as and when needed.


So, now I just get to hang out and wait for the on-call OB to come by and let me know if they are going to discharge me today or if there's anything else they wanted to check first!! I am going to take a shower and maybe try to nap some. I got very little sleep last night. Being hooked to monitors doesn't allow for much movement and I kept getting sore spots, rotating and then they'd have to come adjust the monitor straps because when I moved we'd loose one or both of the hearttones! The night nurse I had wasn't very good - at one point she was in my room almost 30 minutes (at about 2:30 in the morning) trying to get the heartbeat and she was using a doppler to find it, then kept fiddling with the monitor. Thankfully most haven't had a hard time picking the girls up!

And I have to tell you about my very awesome nurse from yesterday!! I had left my laptop and packed bag in the trunk of my car hoping they would just monitor me a couple hours then send me home (wishful thinking)! When I got admitted and settled into my room I was totally bummed I'd left my stuff outside and didn't have anyone who could go get it for me! I mentioned it to my nurse and asked if it might be possible to get an escort out to the car to get my bag and she decided she would "spring me" herself! So we took a "jaunt" out to the parking lot in a wheelchair and I was able to bring my bag and computer back with me. It was too funny!! It was "Mission Impossible" - I told her we needed some theme music!! :D It was very sweet of her and I really appreciated it!!

3 comments:

  1. You are so right in better safe than sorry ... so happy for you all that the little babes are cooperating and staying put for now...and yeah for heads down!!

    Keep it up you are doing well!

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  2. that's great for their positions...that's the exact way my surrotwins were. had a wonderful vaginal delivery! hang in there - you're doing amazing :)

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  3. So glad to here the babies have stuck around another week. And WONDERFUL they are now both head down!!!
    My midwife couldn't get a good feel for my surrobaby's position yesterday at my check up. We suspect he posterior, and breech. Ick!

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