Wednesday, November 4, 2009

31 Weeks

So far, our Preparation for Labor class at the hospital is going well. We had our first class Monday night and couldn't help but giggle like the two immature "kids" that we are when it came to watching the videos - which, I'd like to mention were straight out of the 1980's. I get that the premise of childbirth hasn't changed much in the last 20-some years, but it was still like watching the Flashdance version of labor and delivery.

Don't worry, the class wasn't a complete waste of time. I really did walk away from it feeling much more informed about the stages of labor and what to do if preterm labor occurs. They also gave us a ton of booklets and pamphlets that were extremely informative. Next Monday we're going to focus on different birthing options and relaxation techniques and then the final week will include a tour of the L&D floor, the NICU, and the nursery in the hospital I'll be delivering at.

From Baby Center this week, our baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She's probably moving a lot, too, so I (may) have trouble sleeping because her kicks and somersaults keep me up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that our baby is active and healthy.


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