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Project Preggers :: Results are in!

[ 6 ] October 29, 2008 |

Okay. Just because results are in from the Five Star Health & Fitness/Trailer Buff, Inc. study, doesn’t mean we know how to interpret them.

If you remember, Dave Makel of Afton-based Airstream restoration company Trailer Buff had this brilliant (?) idea to use a set of industrial sized calipers to measure my growing pregnant belly.

Dave Makel adjusts calipers for front-to-back measurement. Pinch!

Dave Makel adjusts calipers for front-to-back measurement. Pinch!

To make this study legit, our caliper measurements would include side-to-side and front-to-back. Belly circumference would also be measured, as well as … uh … my weight.

For truly accurate results, you need precision-minded professionals like Dave Makel and George Luzaich.

For truly accurate results, you need precision-minded professionals like Dave Makel and George Luzaich.

So, we began taking measurements twice weekly beginning with week 24 of my pregnancy. We continued all the way up to the end of week 39, just 4 days before Adam’s due date.

My name is Adam and I was born on my due date weighing in at 8 lbs, 1oz. Go me!

My name is Adam and I was born on my due date weighing in at 8 lbs, 1oz. Go me!

To dumb it down, the results of this ground breaking study show that when you are pregnant, your belly gets bigger and you gain weight. Now, time to dazzle you with graphs!

Belly to back measurements. Ooohhh.

Belly to back measurements. Ooohhh.

Side to side measurements. Or was it the Dow when those banks were getting bailed out?

Side to side measurements. Or was it the Dow when those banks were getting bailed out?

Circumference measurements. As baby gets bigger, belly gets bigger!

Circumference measurements. As baby gets bigger, belly gets bigger!

Weight measurements. 40 lbs of baby phat.

Weight measurements. 40 lbs of baby phat.

Okay. No more graphs. For inquiring minds, half of the baby phat is gone after a month thanks in large part to the miracle of birth!

Gotta go change a diaper 🙂

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  1. Only in Nelson County would we get such in-depth, insightful, inspirational reporting! We are all so happy for the two of you (three of you). It takes QUITE a lady to admit to all the above AND document it with charts and graphs. What a hoot!

  2. Yvette says:

    Aww shucks. If you heard what I was saying during active labor, I don’t think you would have called me a lady. Sailor? Yes.

  3. Courtney says:

    Yvette, you are just awesome and so much fun. What a fun article to read. (And if you figure out how to lose that last bit of baby “phat” let me know, it seems to want to stick around. No pun intended.)

  4. Lietzle Ford says:

    Yvette, Thank you sooo much for the copy of Nelson County Life . I really enjoyed and appreciated your recap of labor….YOU were awesome! It is patients like you and your husband that make our job the most enjoyable…
    The baby is beautiful…hope all is well!
    Next pregnancy, call me and I will be your very own personal nurse if you want me to!
    Lietzle

  5. Yvette says:

    Thanks for the nice words Lietzle. Adam says “hi” .. or these days, “wah!”

  6. Lorraine DeWitt says:

    Although I live in Louisa, I just love Nelson County where one of my eight children lives.
    Your baby love article really moved me. Although it’s been 20-some years since my last child was born (at home) your article touched my heart.
    Ina May’s book was so great, so was The Experience of Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger and LeLeche League for breastfeeding – just thought I’d get in a plug for two of my favorites!! 🙂
    Thanks for spreading the word that childbirth is an awsome experience.

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