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November 4, 2009

32 Weeks

What a week- we are at 32 weeks with only eight more to go until we meet Baby G! This week has been busy for our little family, but good.

The biggest news of the week is that both Jonathan and I are now vaccinated for seasonal flu and H1N1! I received my shot earlier in the week and Jonathan was able to receive one from my OB at our appointment. I really wasn't expecting that my OB's office would vaccinate Jonathan as well, so it came as a huge relief that we will both be immune to that particular strain of the flu before Baby G makes his appearance!

This past weekend, Jonathan and I celebrated our nine-month wedding anniversary. It was wonderful- we went out to the Macaroni Grill, which was vaguely reminiscent of the restaurant where our groom's dinner was held. Being able to spend time together and enjoy one of the last anniversaries we will have as a couple without a child was truly special and we had a wonderful evening!

Regarding our growing family, there are several things to report. This week, I realized that I am rapidly outgrowing much of my maternity wardrobe. This ever-expansive belly of mine continues to grow and many of my maternity shirts are beginning to become a bit short. I did break down and buy a long shirt at Target to try and spice up my wardrobe a bit, but I am trying to limit the amount of maternity clothing I am buying these days since it will only be used for a very limited time!

Also, I received a couple comments from some lovely people this week who told me that I didn't look pregnant from the back- only the side and the front. As much as I can see the effect that pregnancy has had on my entire body, if there are a few people out there who can't, I welcome that with open arms. To those of you who made those comments, I will be forever grateful and, yes, you made my day!

Also on the pregnancy front, we had our 32 week appointment with our OB and we received both good and bad news. The good news is that I am not dilated or effaced as of yet, which means that I can safely continue to exercise without concern for Baby G's health.

The bad news comes in two parts. First, the OB measured my fundal height (measurement from the pubic bone to the top of my uterus) and the measurement was quite a bit larger than we expected. A normal measurement would have been between 30 and 34 centimeters. Given that Baby G's measurements have been a bit on the large side the past few weeks, 34cm would have been closer to what we expected, but the measurement came out to 36cm. As such... back to the ultrasound machine we go!

Right now, this isn't a huge cause for concern. Measurements can be skewed by the size or position of the baby, as well as the amount of fluid in the amniotic sac. The ultrasound, which is scheduled for November 12, will determine the cause for the difference in measurements.

The other bad news is that I have been diagnosed with PUPPS (Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy). PUPPS is a rash that occurs in 1% of all pregnancies that is extremely itchy. It's not contagious nor does it pose any threat to the baby; it's simply miserable for the mother.

There are several ways to treat PUPPS but Jonathan and I decided we would try over-the-counter medication before moving to prescriptions. I am very uncomfortable using medication during pregnancy and have resisted taking anything unnecessary up to this point. I do, however, feel that I need concede and treat this condition because it does neither myself or the baby any good if I'm waking up in the middle of the night and can't stop scratching.

On our way home, Jonathan and I stopped at Walgreens and picked up some ointment which I currently have slathered on my belly. So far, it hasn't seemed to be of much help, but I want to give it several days to begin to work before I cave and move to a prescription instead.

All in all, it has been a good week for us although both Jonathan and I agree that it feels as though this time is flying by! From what I've heard, the last few weeks of pregnancy are the slowest so maybe things will start to calm down a bit, but with everything going on in our busy lives, I'm not sure how much things will change over the next few weeks!

Our countdown to meeting our little boy continues; 32 weeks down, 8 to go...

Week 32 Stats for Baby G:
-Uterine measurement: 36cm
-Heart Rate: 140bpm
-Baby Bump: 47 inches


  1. praying all continues to go well! as for the itching, which ointment are you using? I know Calamine is mostly for bites, but it works great with hives too, It might help (if thats not what your already using).

    -love ya!

  2. The doc recommended maximum strength hydrocortisone cream. She did say that most women who get PUPPPS end up needing something stronger, but I'm hoping that this helps at least!

  3. I would get the medication. I know you don't want to, but one, the scratching can cause greater stretch marks and skin damage and two, you NEED all the sleep you can get now!!!! Trust me. I am not sleeping....just a few hours here and there!!! and three, I think the medication will limit the stress that you are going through right now. You are uncomfortable and it is just going to get worse.

  4. Oatmeal baths sometimes help for immediate "I'm going to scratch the baby right out" relief. Plus, it's an excuse to take a nice long bath and have a moment to be a girl.