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Monday, 9 November 2009

25 weeks pregnant - just 13 weeks to go.

Another week has passed, another mini milestone met on the way to us becoming parents, we have now passed the 25 week mark and are looking forward to being able to finally buy things. (Next week!).

Our babies now weigh nearly 660g (we know they are heavier than that at about 750g each! little porkers!) and are about 34.6cm long from crown to heel. They are making breathing movements but they don't have any air in their lungs yet.

Some sites say that their eyes will also open this week. We have a scan on Saturday so I'm hoping we might see this.

As for me, I've been suffering quite a lot with Braxton Hicks, I didn't know it was this until we spoke to the consultant on Thursday, but now I know what it is and can recognise it, it seems to be happening quite frequently.

Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular tightenings of the uterus. Although Braxton Hicks contractions happen from very early in pregnancy, it is said that most women do not really notice them until the second half of pregnancy.

Braxton Hicks contractions are thought to play a part in toning the uterine muscle and promoting the flow of blood to the placenta. Some people call them 'practice contractions’.

I also found this:

Braxton Hicks contractions tend to be started off by either you or the baby moving, or by somebody touching your abdomen. Each ‘contraction’ may last 1-2 minutes. During this time, the whole uterus becomes hard. This may feel strange and rather uncomfortable – but should not be painful. Braxton Hicks contractions stay much the same throughout pregnancy (although you may notice them more); they do not get larger, harder or more frequent like ‘real’ contractions.

Well it seems to happen more when I'm up and about, and less when I'm sat down, so I can quite believe this last statement. And it is uncomfortable!

2 comments:

Almamay said...

I had Braxton Hicks from about 22 weeks. I found that if you change your position (ie if you are sitting then stand, laying down then sit up) and drink water it helps. Apparently you get them more when you are dehydrated.

Congrats on another milestone.

Salma said...

Great to see you have gotten past another week...counting with you.