Saturday, June 6, 2009

How to Pee in a Cup

The thing that stood out about this most recent midwife appointment was my difficulty with the whole peeing in a cup process. Sometime in the last few weeks I have lost the ability to see my netherlands, and with that went the ability to aim while peeing in a cup (for those of you who don't know, you have to pee in a cup at every single visit to test your protein levels). I took a few minutes to think about the problem in an efffort to come up with a rational solution, but the only option I came up with was to hope for the best and wash up afterward. Ahhhh, the joys of pregnancy!! I'll have to add peeing on my hand to the Big Belly Blues list.

In less embarrassing news, my results from the glucose test came back normal despite my refusal to adhere to the basic rules while eating breakfast that morning (I was told to eat protein rather than carbs or sugar which could "throw" the test--I ate cereal with strawberries). So no gestational diabetes for me.

I weighed in at 159 pounds which is a total weight gain of 19 pounds (according to the book, average weight gain at 29 weeks is 19-25 pounds). My stomach measured 32 inches (last time I went it was 27).

Then the midwife and the student poked and prodded my belly to determine where Hannah's head, butt, and back were. At one point this very hard little knob surfaced and I asked what that was because it happens a lot. Apparently it's her butt. That is one hard little heiny.

I was also asked if I've felt any contractions which apparently I should start feeling around 20 weeks...hmmm...not that I know of but how would I know? She tried to explain what it would feel like...something about my placenta hardening (and she showed me how to tell where my placenta was at a given moment). She said it felt like I was having one at that moment. Well, I didn't feel anything. I'm supposed to call if I have more than five in a hour. I doubt my abilities to tell so I'm just going to keep assuming everything is fine.

According to the book, the baby at 29 weeks weighs about 2 3/4 pounds and is 10 1/2 inches from crown to rump. Her brain can detect rhythmic breathing and control her body temperature now. Also, her eyes are moving around in their sockets...I hope she's enjoying the scenery.

Fun fact of the week: breastfeeding burns between 500-650 calories a day!!! Whaaaaat! That would explain why my friends who breastfeed turn into skeletor.

Mom is coming down later today to help me register...the goal for this weekend is to get registered. I hate shopping so wish me luck.

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