31 weeks

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I can't really decide if there is much difference from last week?

Baby bless now weighs about 3.5 lbs and measures about 18 inches in total and about 11.2 inches from crown to rump. Ca-RA-Z!

His increasing size means that he has less room to move around (duh!) and he supposedly could already be moving into the head-down position . . . but I know he's not. I found out last week that the #1 reason for my basketball-esque carrying is due to Baby bless' liking to lay sideways. Yes, that's right sideways. His head faced toward the camera above.

His lungs are maturing and their lining, which prevents air sacs from collapsing, is growing. This lung development means that he would have a much greater chance of survival if he were born prematurely, over 90% now!

About 16 fluid ounces of blood are flowing through the wall of my uterus to the site of the placenta, though my blood never mixes with his blood. It is separated by the placental barrier which is a very thin wall. Water, nutrients and waste are exchanged across this barrier at a rate of 0.3 fluid ounces per second.

Most women have gained about 19 pounds by this point in pregnancy, which again would make me one of most women as I'm still hovering at 21! No weight gain for me last month! Whoo hooo! The weight gain is made up of the baby, the placenta and the amniotic fluid as well as enlarged breasts, an increase in blood volume, water storage, fat and protein.

Did I mention that the above will be in an bikini on Friday? No? I thought I'd been forgetting something . . .

21 comments:

*claire* said...

it might be weird since i don't technically know you...but it makes me so happy watching your baby grow in there!! :) you look great, and i'm so glad it's been going so well for you!!

Freckles Chick said...

The little guy's a mover!

Oooh exciting, where are you going?

Kristal said...

Bikini on Friday? In Wisconsin?! 'Splain, Lucy!! :)

And you look fantastic! I cannot get over the fact that you are already 31 weeks...where is the time going?!

Crystal said...

Such a cute baby bump! I can't believe that you are already 31 weeks! Baby Bless will be here in no time! Good luck with the next couple of months :)

kari said...

You look beautiful Leah! I can't believe it's already been 31 weeks, time flies!

Heidi said...

You're getting so close now! Good luck.

Kelly B said...

You look great! Where are you going that you will be in a bikini? I hope it's somewhere warm and sunny :)

Randi said...

wow!!! you are carrying all just in your belly. to cute Leah. are you going on a trip?

fallgirly said...

Alright, what's your secret? I'm only 29 weeks and I've gained 22 pounds

Mrs. Cup said...

You look great! Where are you going?!

Becky said...

You are getting down to the end! Yeah! It seems like (just from you writing about it) your pregnancy has gone by so fast! Not too much longer now :)

Newlywed Next Door said...

You look great! Work it in that bikini girl!

julie said...

You look amazing! :)

Meredith said...

I'm also excited to hear what the bikini action is for!

Too funny about baby bless liking to chill sideways...you're in for some spunk for sure!

*Kimmie* said...

Hi, Baby! And bikini pictures are required! =)

M and G said...

So exciting! you are getting sooo close!

Kaitlyn said...

You look great Leah-- I'm interested to see you when he "drops". Where are you going, hm?

DianeTaylor said...

Leah, you look GEORGOUS, you really are glowing, sweetie. God Bless you and baby bless :)

C said...

Aw, you are one of the most adorable pregnant ladies I've seen! And a bikini friday?? What?....

AmberDenae said...

Wow, I can't believe you're already at 31 wks! Insane! You look fantastic! A bikini, huh? And where might you be going? :)

Sarah said...

Wow! A bikini! You will look amazing.

 

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