Baby Dot update

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Yesterday, I posted this picture in my Flickr and also posted the link in my Twits. This was taken at home, the night of my OB check-up on September 5 (19 weeks on the way). I was kinda tired (I looked tired, huh?) but I insisted Hubby to take my picture anyway.

I got comments that I'm such a small preggo and that I still look thin. For the record, hehe, I am 124.2lbs. on the scale and the fundal(?) height was 19cm. I gained 3lbs. since my last check-up three weeks earlier. Dot is on the average size (about 20cm head to foot, it was hard to measure because the baby was moving a lot!) and I forgot (to note) how heavy Dot was, dang! What matters most is that we've seen the graph and Dot is well within the expected weight and length. :D Dot's heartbeat is still at 144bpm and we were able to record it this time, teehee.

So why am I still thin, you ask? Oh well, I am on a "strict" diet. My OB is kinda conservative and she wants me to stay away from unhealthy food. No sodas and caffeinated drinks (just milk, fresh fruit juice and water), no chocolates (because they give me headaches), no MSG on food, no processed food. Moderate sweets and salty and fatty (fried anything). Eat more fruits and veggies. My diet is basically more protein versus carbohydrates. So everything I eat directly goes to the Baby. Which is good --I probably won't need to look for the best fat burner after I give birth, huh? I am hungry every two hours and I make sure I grab something every time.

Hubby is taking this "strict" diet to heart that he complains I am making him the villain, hehe. I know he just wants the best for me and Dot so let's give it to him. It's just that sometimes, I feel so deprived (must be just the hormones, LOL!) In fairness, he let's me cheat every now and then, so I'm still happy :)

Anyway, my blood tests -- Glucose Challenge, CBC and Hepatitis B -- and urinalysis, yielded normal and negative results. Yay! I must be doing something good, eh?

To end this post, I am sharing this 20th week update from babycenter:

How your baby's growing:

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How your life's changing: Congratulations! You've hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you've likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. (If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less.) Make sure you're getting enough iron, a mineral that's used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta. Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women. Poultry (especially the dark meat) and shellfish also contain iron. Some common non-meat sources of iron include legumes, soy-based products, spinach, prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.

If you haven't already signed up for a childbirth education class, you may want to look into one, especially if you're a first-timer. A structured class will help prepare you and your partner for the rigors of labor and delivery. Most hospitals and birth centers offer classes, either as weekly meetings or as a single intensive, one-day session. Many communities have independent instructors as well. Ask your friends, family members, or caregiver for recommendations.


Aggie said...

Mukha ka ngang haggard Kaje but I hope you are doing well :D
Sexy mommah!

donna_chocnut said...

Glad to know you're doing well with the pregnancy, Tin. You're one of the lucky and blessed ones na hindi tumataba kahit buntis. Enjoy the pregnancy and with monitoring baby Dot's progress =)

amore said...

how I wish maliit din ako magbuntis.. lol half way done k na rin pala Kaje :) Take care!

Tinggay said...

nice to hear baby Dot's doing well! :) eat frequently but in small doses lang LOL (nagsalita ang hindi matakaw nung buntis hahaha!)