Nov 10, 2011

My Pregnancy Checklist Weeks 21-28

I realized that I have not posted my Pregnancy progress checklist in a while so here is what I have. Feel free to ask me questions, and excuse my opinions, we all know I have em’!

Weeks 21-24
  • Check your vision. Pregnancy vision changes are common and can be a sign of complications.
I can see fine! So night driving is a little shaky… I just try to avoid it or let my husband drive. I still do not need glasses, so I will be damned if I am going to the eye doctor and volunteering for them!
  • Know how to manage varicose veins.
Oh, those Evil things… here is what I came up with. P.s I don’t have any… yet….
Varicose veins occur when the vein becomes distended or swollen and the valves, which move blood to the heart cannot close properly and start to leak... SO GROSS!!! These blue or purple, sometimes squiggly veins are most likely to show up in your legs, though you may also get them in your vulva or elsewhere, REALLY!?. (In fact, hemorrhoids are really just varicose veins of the rectal area.) FYI-I think the word “Hemorrhoid” is hateful and should never be used in my presence.
· Exercise daily to help your circulation.
· Try not to gain to much excessive weight
· Elevate your feet and legs whenever possible. Use a stool or box to rest your legs on when you're sitting, and keep your feet elevated on a pillow when you're lying down.
· Don't cross your legs or ankles when sitting.
· Don't sit or stand for long periods without taking breaks to move around.
· Sleep on your left side. Wedge a pillow behind your back to keep yourself tilted to the left and elevate your feet with a pillow. Since the inferior vena cava is on the right side, lying on your left side relieves the vein of the weight of the uterus, thus decreasing pressure on the veins in your legs and feet.
· Wear special support hose, like your grandmother wears, in fact just borrow hers.
  • Get comfortable with your rapidly changing body and boost your self-esteem.
By comfortable do you mean when someone says, “How are you feeling” don’t answer, “knocked up and fat?”
  • Take a time-out to pamper yourself.
My pleasure, but can you come over and take time to do my job, housework, bitching and planning? I get a pedi every two weeks and a massage when I can afford it. Husband does the rest of the necessary pampering... or I will punish him!
  • Time to start preparing your nursery.
Oh, my... that… Husband wants to do Star Wars theme, I don’t want to fight about it. So, bassinet next to my bed is all the nursery I am concerning myself with for now. Or, one day he will go out and I will put all of my stuff up, he will come home see how perfect it is and commend me for being so amazing.... then I wake up.
  • Start working out the details of your maternity leave now.
Trust me, I have been dreaming of that since the test turned up positive for baby! I’ll take a vacation anyway I can get it! (FMLA Blog coming soon!)
Weeks 25-28
  • Do you want a doula? If the answer is yes, start interviews.
I’m stuck with a C-section so Doula is not for me. Rather, Mr. Piss Legs is my Doula De Jour!
  • Send out baby shower invitations.
CHECK! Thanks Sis!
  • Register for Shower gifts.
CHECK! Thanks, Sis!

  • Make sure you know the signs of premature labor.

  1. · A contraction every 10 minutes, or more frequently within one hour (five or more uterine contractions in an hour)
  2. · Watery fluid leaking from your vagina (this could indicate that your bag of water is broken)
  3. · Menstrual-like cramps felt in the lower abdomen that may come and go or be constant
  4. · Low, dull backache felt below the waistline that may come and go or be constant
  5. · Pelvic pressure that feels like your baby is pushing down
  6. · Abdominal cramps that may occur with or without diarrhea
  7. · Increase or change in vaginal discharge

I know my options and have no desire. I will write a blog about this. Even my doctor steered me away from banking. Donating on the other hand, I am seriously considering…
  • Get tested for gestational diabetes.
I’m doing that next Thursday. I am also one of the lucky ones who got to bring it home to drink before my next appointment!

I am so proud to be right on track… even if I am a little half assed about it. Women have been giving birth for years without an organized Type A Checklist. Baby is Healthy, I am Happy… CHECK!

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