That's right, today marks 25 weeks! By this time in pregnancy, the baby is pretty much developed and just working on maturing it's organs. This is the week the lungs start producing surfectant and the nostrils begin to open up, this combined with the wonderful oodles of amniotic fluid surrounding Samantha help her lungs to mature and for her to practice breathing. If Samantha was to be born this week and at a level 3 NICU (which we have at our fantastic hospital!) her chances of survival are 82%. That absolutely amazes me. And while we are in no way wanting her here before 36 weeks, it is reassuring to know that she is at a point where if my water broke again, her odds are so good if labor could not be kept away.
Babies at this gestational age really start to differ in size, this is about the time that 10 lb babies really grow and 6 lb babies just kind grow a little slower. And most of the growth from this point on is in making baby fatten up. So, instead of giving you the weekly development updates, I'm going to start changing it to a weekly survey type of deal. Here we go :)
How far along? 25 weeks!!
Weight gain/loss: 26 lbs!! Hey, I guess I'm going for a lb a week :P
Maternity Clothes? Unless I want to look absolutely ridiculous :P
Stretch Marks? Nope, At least not any that I can see.
Sleep? I fall asleep around 9-10, stay that way until midnight, then get up every 2 hours
Best moment this week? Pretty much finishing up the nursery, it's nice to have it pretty close to done
Food Cravings? Sweet Tea. And as of yesterday, Red Lobster's cheddar biscuits, I need them now!
Belly Button, in or out? The top part is sticking out, the bottom is pretty darn shallow
What I miss? Eating without heartburn, sleeping without heartburn, basically not having this severe reflux
Weekly Wisdom? Do what you are comfortable with, don't push yourself, it's never worth it!
Upcoming Appointments? On Wednesday I get my weekly p17 shot. Wednesday afternoon I have my bi-weekly ultrasound. This one is both a cervical check (like all the others) and growth ultrasound. It should give us a good idea if I will need to start on heparin or if baby aspirin is doing enough to battle the factor leiden V diagnosis. The tech is also going to try and get us some 3d/4d pictures :)