Rich and I are now 25 weeks pregnant with Nova Skye Rowell, as February 20, 2016. This day also happens to be my brother’s birthday. I’ll be nice and not give away his age and secret identity bwahahaha! Here’s the latest on 25 week fetal development, Nova’s movements and health report, how I’m feeling, and more.
What’s Nova Doing In That Belly... Uh, Uterus This Week
Nova’s been quite the active little girl this past week. She’s always been that way, but it seems to be increasing as she grows. We’ve been noticing cute things, such as kicking when specific music is playing. She still appears to have a preference for the voices of daddy and then mommy. But she is also starting to kick for other people’s voices and other random sounds as well. She’s actually been kicking so much that it’s hard for mommy to sleep more than an hour or two at a time. Some of the kicks have been very sharp and startling. But that makes sense, since at 25 weeks gestation, Nova’s leg muscles should be developing very nicely.
Next And Last Prenatal Visits
The last time we visited the doctor (just 4 days ago), it was actually confirmed by ultrasound that I do not have placenta previa. My placenta is definitely low-lying. However, this is completely normal at this stage. It should rise up as the baby grows. I was however advised to rest more and take it easy, even though I only do a few things that wouldn’t be considered resting. Oh yes, and the ultrasound confirmed again that little Nova is a girl. Teehee. The glucose test for diabetes was done and we’ll find out the results on Monday. They did tell us if my levels tested high, we’d receive a phone call before then. So, the results are probably normal.
The next appointment will be an ultrasound of Nova. The last one was really just for checking the placenta and we peeked at Nova a little bit. We’re excited to see her on-screen again and will of course post the pictures. She’s always doing something with her hands. So, it will be interesting to see if that pattern continues.
How’s the Momtrepreneur and Daddy-To-Be This Week?
Well, mommy’s been pretty drained. Actually, we both have. That’s because little Nova is growing and the uterus is following suit. It’s getting squishy in there, which makes it harder for this momtrepreneur to get around, especially since I’ve been having a hard time, as it is. I’ve been in bed quite a bit the past several days, due to increased pain and fatigue. Because I haven’t been so well, that of course takes a toll on daddy Rich. But we’re hanging in there and we know it’s going to be so worth it when Nova arrives.
Some of the bargain items from this week:
Interesting 25 Week Fetal Development & Pregnancy Info
At 25 weeks gestation, your baby is now about a pound and a half! Wow! He or she should also measure about 12 or 13 inches long. Fatty cells are forming more and your baby’s skin is beginning to look more pink and is much closer to that of a newborn. Spinal structure is also developing further to later help protect the baby’s spinal cord. Your baby can now make a fist and would be able to grip objects if placed in the palm.
The hair has a more defined and recognizable texture and color. The exact color and texture might change after your baby is born, however. Even though the baby now make breathing movements and blood vessels in the lungs are developed, there isn’t actually air in the lungs until your baby is born. The brain’s cortex is also layering nicely. The nostrils are also starting to open and some researchers say this is where the baby begins to smell and prefer certain scents. Nerves around the mouth and lips are also more sensitive and swallowing reflexes are developing. Both will help when baby is looking to feed later on.
This is the stage when the expectant parent should not be lying on the back. Doing so could cause dizziness and shortness of breath. Instead, lie on your side to relieve the pressure. You may find relief from using a body pillow or an extra blanket or small pillow underneath the hips and in between the legs. Some may instead use their partner’s body to help prop up the legs and hips. On the left side is the healthiest position to lie in while pregnant. However, also be mindful of comfort and your doctor’s advice.
Did you know that at this stage, shining a light on the abdomen can prompt the baby to turn his or head toward or away from the light? This is a good sign for the optic nerve, which should be developing well at 25 weeks.
Urine tests, the diabetes/glucose test, blood pressure tests, blood tests, and other similar tests are normal during or around 25 weeks. These help determine if there is a problem with high or low blood pressure, diabetes, Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), preeclampsia, and other conditions that may affect the mother or baby.
Exercise might still be possible at this stage, but consult your doctor before continuing or starting any routine. This is the stage when physical activity may need to be limited. This may be especially true, if you have a high risk pregnancy or other symptoms that limit physical activity without pain or complications.
As always, consult your doctor for exact advice. This post is based mostly on personal experience with some research and is meant for informational purposes only. Every pregnancy is different.
Stay tuned for our 26 weeks pregnant (and other posts)!
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by Richard Rowell, Father-to-Be
Sometimes you just know when the universe is telling you something. Yesterday, we planned on going to a couple stores to find something completely unrelated to what we needed for Nova. At the first two stores, we didn't find what we were looking for. But we did find other stuff.
We found a cute microfiber towel at the Dollar Tree, though. But at the second store, Big Lots, we did find some receiving blankets at half the price they were on Amazon. This allowed us to get 6 for the price of 3. We wanted to find those at Dollar Tree, but they haven't had them at any locations we visited. 2 dollars a piece seemed good, and we're set with those for now.
But the big thing happened when we decided to go by the thrift store when we were on the way back home. It was on the way, so we stopped to see what baby stuff they had. Turns out, they had a Graco baby stroller.
The funniest part is that this stroller was the same exact model she'd had before. This green Winnie the Pooh stroller was the one that her third and fourth kids, Aja and Nathan, had. But of course, it was given away to someone who needed it years ago. The fifth kid wasn't exactly planned after all this time, you know.
We checked it thoroughly. It was only 30 dollars, which is pretty low for something like that. The stroller we found was still in perfect working order. It just needs some cleaning up. But being my usual thrifty self, I suggested we wait until Saturday, the next day, so we could get it at half price. Lyn pointed out that it would likely be gone that same day. We couldn't risk passing up that deal. So I coughed up the cash I had in my wallet for that and a few other little things.
We were going to get a Graco stroller and car seat combination. Now we only need to get the car seat. There were some good deals online, so in the end we probably will only save 30 or 40 dollars. But it may end up being more than that if we find a good deal on a Graco car seat. By law, used car seats can't be sold. That's because you don't know if they’ve been in an accident. So we have to get that new. There are a couple programs available to get a new one for free. So the savings could be a lot more.
Between getting that and the receiving blankets yesterday, that took two more things off our list of baby needs. When you're getting baby stuff, you have lot to get so you can't pass up a single deal if it's quality stuff you're getting.
Beyond the car seat, the swing and high chair are the major things we still need. Listia and the Amazon Baby Registry have gotten us everything else. I'm touched by the amount of support we've received from family and friends. All the people giving away all of their old stuff on Listia have been great too. Lyn’s been winning all the stuff, though. I’ve only gotten a couple of things myself. We bought 30 dollars of credits and got well over 200 dollars worth of stuff. With Nova probably a couple months away, it's crunch time. Wish us luck as we get the last few major items!
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