How far along. 24 weeks
Bump is starting to develop taste buds, which means that before too long, he will be able to taste some of the stronger flavors of the things you eat through the amniotic fluid he still swallows regularly. And according to a 2011 study, this could impact his food preferences later in life, so make sure to eat your vegetables – it might mean you’ll have an easier time convincing your toddler to do the same in a few years.
Bump’s lungs are developing significantly now from all of his practice breathing, and he is making cells that will produce surfactant, a material that will help his lungs expand and operate once he reaches the air. Surfactant exists to help keep the lungs from sticking together when they expand. Bump’s surfactant production will probably speed up a bit around week 30, and by week 32, he will probably have produced enough not to need any extra from your healthcare provider when he is born.
He also gained about a quarter of a pound last week (110 g) in bones, muscle, and fat, so he is finally beginning to fill out into a real baby-shape. And even though Bump’s eyebrows, lashes, and hair are coming in, they still lack pigment and appear white. His skin is beginning to glow a bit pinker, due to the appearance of capillaries. His ears and fingernails are also complete by now. By the end of this week, Bump is probably about 13 inches long (33 cm), the size of an eggplant, and weighs about 1.5 lbs (680 g).
Skin trouble? Between the linea nigra, stretch marks, and an itchy belly, your skin might be driving you nuts this week. Topical creams exist that could help reduce the itchiness, as can avoiding baths and showers that are too hot, which can dry out your skin, and using unscented, mild lotions and soaps. Your ankles and fingers might be swollen as well, due in part to fluid retention, and the pressure of your growing uterus on your veins. For relief, try elevating your feet or icing the swollen areas to help alleviate some of the pain. Constipation, headaches, and vision changes or dry eyes may also prove to be issues. You should take a glucose challenge test (GCT) in the next couple of weeks to rule out gestational diabetes.
Countdown. 16 weeks to go
Baby hand size.
Baby foot size.
Size of a.
Maternity Clothes. I bought a few things from Boohoo maternity range, they have a great range that is fashionable and affordable. I got a pair of
Tia over the bump maternity leggings which are so comfy, I also got 2 hoodies in both black and pink Maternity Tia Tie Sleeve Hooded Sweat Top these are so easy to just throw on, they look stylish and super comfy.
Stretch Marks. Nope nothing yet and still using Palmers Cocoa Tummy Butter which feels lovely and smells delicious. I have also been using Cussons Mum and me Soothe & Nourish body lotion with feels lovely on my skin and keeps it hydrated especially in this weather.
Sleep. I have been sleeping well but it’s just the position gets uncomfortable and I toss and turn but once asleep I literally sleep like a baby.
Best moment this week. Having regular movements of my little boy kicking away.
Worst moment this week. The dreaded piles and chafing! The only thing that can soothe the chafing is slapping a load of sudocrem on the area and walking around like someone who has s*** themselves, I know so glamorous but this is the reality of pregnancy. The same with the dreaded piles, I had them after I had Heidi but not during pregnancy. There is nothing you can take either, when I plucked up the courage to ask the pharmacist he said you can’t use the cream while pregnant so I’m suffering in silence.
Miss anything. Being able to wear flattering summer clothes and not look like a whale.
Movement. Loads of kicks from this little fella, he’s definitely going to take after his dad and play football. Every time he starts kicking and I get Keith to feel he stops, he’s already becoming naughty haha.
Food cravings. Fanta!!!!!
Sickness. Same as last time cooking any sort of beef, hamburgers, mince eeeew the smell makes me nauseous.
Gender. Baby Boy
Symptoms. Just the usual, shortness of breath, tiredness, round ligament pain, piles and chafing, that seems to be a lot of crap symptoms.
Belly button in or out. Outie
Happy or Moody. I would say Happy.
Looking forward to. Celebrating Keith’s birthday on Saturday and having a nice meal out. Also getting a new washer/Dryer, I realise it’s such a mum thing to be excited about but having a dryer will make life so much easier.
Workouts. None been so lazy.
If there is anything else you would like to see or think I have missed up update wise then please let me know and I will see you for next weeks update.