Sunday, June 10, 2012

Belated 27 week post and 28w1d

Growth info for Milica for the 27th week:
Your baby weighs about 2.5 lbs (1.1kg) and is about 10 inches (25cm) from crown to rump and 15.75 inches (35 cm) long from head to toe. At this time, the baby has taste buds which allow it to distinguish between sweet, sour and bitter tastes. Brain tissue and brain development increases at this time as your baby grows the folds and grooves needed for a developed brain. Eyebrows and eyelashes are probably present and the hair on your baby's head is growing longer. Your baby's body is filling out, getting a bit fatter as fat deposition continues, but it is still somewhat red and wrinkled. Your baby is big enough for her presentation to be determined. That is, your caregiver can probably tell how your baby is oriented in your uterus. She may be breech (bottom down) or head first. If your baby is in a breech position now, there is no need to worry as there is still plenty of room and time for your baby to change positions. Your baby can feel pain and respond to it in the same way as a full term baby.

Milica's growth info for this week:
Your baby now weighs about 2.7 lbs (1.2kg), measures about 10.4 inches (26cm) from crown to rump, and is around 16.7 inches (37cm) long. She is plumper and rounder, and her head and body are beginning to be in proportion. Your baby now uses all of his senses. She can see, taste, recognize touch and the sound of your voice. During the last trimester, your baby will receive antibodies from you through your placenta that will provide immunity from many diseases. Your baby's adrenal glands are producing androgen-like substances. Androgens are normally male sex hormones, but in late pregnancy, when they reach the placenta they are turned into estrogen which in turn stimulates the production of prolactin in your body. Prolactin is the hormone needed for milk production. In this exchange, your baby is beginning to stimulate milk production in your breasts so that when she is born there will be food waiting for her.

I'm sorry I was not able to post an update for last week (week 27). I had two passing out episodes last week and was hospitalized for most of the week.

I'd like to say there is a clear cut answer as to why I was passing out. Firstly, the BP medicine I was on was a beta blocker and could have been blocking my body's signal to pump blood faster or harder if I was faint in any way. So, they have switched me to a medicine that should not block that signal anymore.

Secondly, they found that the left ventricle of my heart is enlarged and there is a small amount of fluid surrounding it. This was making my EKGs abnormal. Fortunately, this could be a pregnancy related change to my heart, and hopefully things will return to normal after Milica is born. The abnormality in my heart could also be the culprit for the syncopal episodes I was experiencing.

The third possibility is that I had seizures. Now, this one is the most difficult to diagnose. Joseph is the only person who witnessed any of the passing out and he is too young to really explain if I was seizing. Apparently I had two fresh bite marks on a place on my tongue that bites commonly occur during seizures. I did experienced localized seizures for a short period of time when I was very young, and it is a possibility that they are resurfacing.

I'm hoping that the cause of all this was the BP meds and with the change we've made there will be no more problems. The cardiologist would like me to be on a 24 hour heart monitor for a day to be sure that the heart issue is minute and not causing any true problems. The neurologist would like me to have an MRI of my brain to ascertain a possible seizure diagnosis.

It's not secret that pregnancy and my body do NOT agree. I'm hoping that everything will return to normal with the birth of our daughter.

Through this all, Milica continues to thrive and grow. She is a strong little girl and I am thankful for that.

I've been feeling okay this week. I'm tired, but that's been the norm. I've been having a headache for what feels like forever, but it's tolerable.

Other than that there really isn't much more going on (thankfully). I'm happy to be home from the hospital. And I'm looking forward to a much less eventful week.

There are two sets of photos below. The first set (red tank top) is from last week. They were taken at 27w6d. The second set (plaid dress) were taken today at 28w1d.

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