I had my 35 week check up at the hospital yesterday - the last of my bi-weekly checkups, which will become weekly checkups from next Thursday. Apart from grumbling about my weight gain (nothing new there), the doctor told me that my baby has also grown immensely since my last visit. At this stage of pregnancy (with just 4 weeks to go), babies usually gain around 200g per week.
Over the last two weeks, my baby has gained exactly 600grams!!! HUGE!!
I am officially housing a giant baby.
Of course, when I stupidly compared myself to Yoshi`s sisters and their tiny Japanese offspring, I was met with gaping mouths! `Your baby is 2625g?? That`s bigger than __ (enter offspring`s name here) when he/she was born!!`
Oh dear! Once again proving that I am completely un-Japanese, and any attempt to fit in is futile.
In other hospital news; after I was seen by the doctor, one of the girls in the pink uniforms pulled Yoshi and I aside to explain what happens during early labour and how to recognise the signs that the baby is coming. Yoshi became paler and paler as the girl spoke of blood and mucus and other delightful things being expelled from my body... hehe ;)
She also showed us some pictures of the delivery room (private!) and the room where I am to stay with my baby for 3-4 days after delivery (a bit longer than a typical NZ hospital stay, and a wee bit shorter than some of the private hospitals/clinics around Japan).
Anyway, without further ado, here is the belly shot for week 35.
Friday - week 35
Here is week 33. BIG change!! 600g does make a rather large difference...
- It is getting much harder to sleep, and be comfortable in general.
- I don`t have any clothes that fit me any more, so getting ready to go out each day is rather boring too.
- The size of my meals is getting smaller because my stomach is being squashed by my baby.
- It is harder to walk long distances now as my lungs are pretty cramped in there too.