How far along? 28 Weeks. Hello third trimester!
Baby Size: Eggplant
Weight gain: 12.5lbs
Maternity clothes? I’m not into the maternity clothes. I wear them sometimes, but they just make me feel fat, not pregnant. I like yoga pants and workout clothes.
Belly Button in or out? Amusingly out.
Best moment this week: Going to Boston where my family and friends threw an amazing baby shower!
Miss Anything? More than 5 hours of sleep at night! I was hoping to make it a few more weeks before my brain starts racing the second I wake up.
Movement: He is doing misty flips in there and everything – I can even feel him hiccupping. I am excited some people got to feel his movement this weekend.
Food cravings: I could really go for a Pick Pockets super veggie wrap. I wish that place was still open
Looking forward to: Getting to set up the nursery more in the next few weeks, and having everything ready.
We started our Child Birthing classes this week. I have been doing a ton of reading and research, but I felt as though I couldn’t have too much information on what is to come. I was stunned to learn something new and extremely interesting.
As we learned about the placenta, the teacher discussed what happens after birth, to where the placenta attached to the uterus. For anyone who may not know, once you deliver the baby, you then deliver the placenta! What I neglected to think about is that the placenta was attached to the uterus for almost ten months. In that time, a network to provide oxygen and nutrients to the baby develops. When the placenta detaches, the attachment area leaves an area of open blood vessels. The body needs to recover from these open areas by scabbing over and recovering. This is a major reason that the recovery from giving birth should be taken seriously, and can be slow.
This was new information to me, and makes me more understanding of why taking it easy and recovering is so easy. Essentially, the body is detaching an organ and needs to recover from the open wound. I was under the impression that recovery was mostly due to the “exhaustion” of labor, which I did not think would require a six week recovery. Now that I understand there will be an open wound inside my body, I have a better understanding and appreciation for the recovery process.