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By this week of pregnancy your baby's crown-to-rump length reaches about 13.5 inches and the total length is approximately 20.7 inches. Your baby weighs about 6 pounds now. The top of your uterus has moved further up under your ribs and is about 5.5 inches above your bellybutton. Your uterus has grown a lot in the past few weeks as your baby has gained weight. You may have gained about 30 pounds by now and it is common for your weight to stay about the same from this point onwards.

Almost full-grown baby at about 36 weeks pregnancy Because the top of the uterus is high as it will be, breathing may be getting very uncomfortable at times. You might notice jabbing pains from your baby's kicks. However, within the next few weeks, your baby will drop into the birth canal and this will make breathing easier again. Most doctors like to see their patients weekly from now on to check for labor progression. Your prenatal classes are probably coming to an end and you should have already made a birth plan and discussed available options for pain control during pregnancy.

Your baby's face has filled out significantly and looks smooth and plump. Because your baby has powerful sucking muscles and has had layers of fat forming for quite some time now, the cheeks have filled out like a newborn's. Your baby's skull is firm, but not hard. Every baby's head has the ability to give slightly so that there is room for her to fit down the birth canal during delivery. Some babies are born with cone shaped heads from the pressure of delivery, but this will go away after delivery. The amount of amniotic fluid is at its maximum amount now and your baby may not be moving as much as she had been. As long as you still feel her movements every day, there should be no cause for concern.

The placenta is now one-sixth of the fetal weight.



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lil.pigz - 1.6 hours ago
Aha! So I FINALLY packed my hospital bag,lol. My husband would NOT let it go, and when he threatened to pack it for me, instant panic set in. I could foresee the granny moo moo nightgown, if any at all and a bunch of stuff I wouldnt need, want or use,lol. Now he is on to me about the bassinet and washing her clothes. Dang...why cant he just procrastinate with me?? So had check up yesterday, no progress. Cervix still high and tight and my DR goes on vacation from this Thursday until Monday evening. Now I am HOPING baby stays put and my water doesnt break,lol. I usually make it to 38 weeks, I will be 37 weeks Thursday so I should be good..fx anyway.

funtimemum80 - 2.7 hours ago
Sarah- never never been early, been on my due date or a day or 2 over with my girls, 1st baby and last baby were boys one was 13 days late ( induced) one was 8 days late. I can't quite believe how early my body is fallen apart!! How about you? How late do you go?

sarah6485 - 6.5 hours ago
Fun time mum have you ever been early ? I'm always late with my babies even though had so many :-/

funtimemum80 - 7.4 hours ago
I had some bloody mucus after a night of cramping last week and still nothing : ((

fnouf - 7.7 hours ago
36 weeks today :-) lost a bit of my plug today but I'm hoping it was just because I've done too much over the last few days as really not ready for babe yet. It wasn't bloody at all so fingers crossed! Hope all you ladies are ok xx

funtimemum80 - 1 days ago
Tlc, how did you get on? We don't get 'checked' here, even in labour they don't like to feel unless you ask! TNT, I'm only allowing my husband to do the deed in the hope it starts something, my weight and size has completely taken my lust, with my 5th my waters went (for the 1st time ) after said deed, even tho it's never happend I have high hopes I get my body back very soon, these last few weeks are so cruel, we can feel something happening but it doesn't ahhhhhh!!!

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 1 days ago
I remember my first dropping, but it wasn't nearly as intense, or early, as this one. He's very low now, my breasts no longer sit on my bump, which now looks like an elongated watermelon lol. And I've read that as well, but I promise it feels like he has! I have an appointment at the end of this week, so I'll ask my doctor what he thinks. Tlc-good luck on your appointment! Funtime- haha I wish my husband would do a little more housework and massage and a little less intercourse! He's almost desperate for it every single night, but I want my massage da** it lol. I think he was traumatized when I made him wait 5 1/2 weeks with the last baby :-/

Baby ali - 1 days ago
Funtime- goodluck hope everything goes well, lots of intercourse started my labour last time lolzz

tlc - 1 days ago
I have no idea if I've dropped. I never felt it with my first, who was partially induced after I started early labor. I'm in thw waiting room for my 36. Week and first internal exam today so I'll have to ask!

funtimemum80 - 2 days ago
I travelled to London yesterday to spend some time with my eldest daughter, I managed to que jump at Madame tussards lol the staff felt I wasn't in the best condition to wait the 2 hour wait time in the que and I was so grateful, our time in the city knocked me out, I got home and went straight to bed, I'm such a light weight these days!! My husband is fantastic he took care of the house and all the other kids, he is trying to start labour, massage and intercourse but everything hurts and I'm left with period pain nothing more, I can't grumble really, I've had a fantastic pregnancy and I keep telling myself it's the end and it will end!

funtimemum80 - 2 days ago
My 4th dropped, Infact my whole pelvis swallowed her head and shoulders, the midwifes thought she was breech as they couldn't feel head until they realised. This one has also dropped, been engaged since week 35 and it's been so uncomfortable, I can't sit, bend even walking is so hard as the head presses on so many nerves, sometimes I get relief then I think the head has popped out but if it does it soon pops down again : ( normally they descend during labour and I prefere that, I've had cramps everyday, my whole pelvis feels like I'm going to burst, I feel like I'm slowing going into labour and I think it's because the head is engaged, I wish I could raise it up to be more comfortable but I can't : ((

stublit - 2 days ago
TLC- doesn't make sense to me but I've also read that. Sure enough, my second didn't drop like my first did. This baby is sitting high still.

tlc - 2 days ago
TNT - I read that only the first baby drops before labor. Subsequent babies only drop during labor. Doesn't make sense to me, but I read it in more than one place.

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 3 days ago
I'm pretty sure the baby has completely dropped, ugh. Feeling sharp pains, achy pressure, and my braxton hicks are very strong. So hopefully my baby boy will be here within a couple of weeks! As long as he is full term, and totally healthy, I'll be ready for him :-)

lil.pigz - 4 days ago
tnt-surprisebaby2- Ok, I wasnt sure when 'fullterm' technically started according to their books. That is awesome about the insurance approval for the pump!

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 5 days ago
Lil- I think full term is 37 weeks, but if the baby was born now, s/he shouldn't have many complications :-). I got the best phone call today! My insurance approved me getting a free Medela breast pump! That makes me so happy, I cannot wait until it comes in, should be 3-5 business days. Hopefully pumping will be easier than breastfeeding, it hurt so bad last time and he was latching on perfectly! So if this baby causes me pain as well, at least I can try the pump and get him the nutrients he deserves :-)

lil.pigz - 5 days ago
36 weeks today! Are we considered full term now? Sure have no complaints about this little toddler sized newborn to come out;)

keegansmommy - 9 days ago
Lila, we are both having girls! I'm so glad it's almost over lol. Next will likely be who's baby does what first or fastest!

lila2cute:-) - 12 days ago
Keegansmommy- that stinks :/ if your already having these feelings/ issues now cut her off... If she I competing with u now she'll do it as the kiddos grow up. Are you guys having the same sex babies? If not you might be ok. If so seriously cut her off :(

keegansmommy - 12 days ago
Omg ladies I need to vent before I lose my mind! I have a friend I invited to join my mamas group on fb. Love her! But this pregnancy journey with her has absolutely driven me nuts! As women, we al have the same or similar symptoms, aches and pains. But it seems like every time I post something, she always replies with the exact same issue, or if I just say something in general about pregnancy, then omg! she JUST said that to so and so today! It's annoying! And according to her first and most accurate scan at 12 weeks, the one each and every doctor goes by because it is the most accurate, she's 3 days behind me. I'm 36 weeks today. Well according to her, she should be almost 38 weeks. Not! And she's a big girl. Like 6 foot two something. So if her baby isnt even measuring big and dr says shes not even that far along anyway, its like get over it! Youre not as far along as you want to be! And she's constantly complaining of bh and discharge, la di da. Newflash, all of that discharge is normal and so very obviously not your mucous plug!i And all of her pains and so called bh are always explained away or they just stop suddenly or something. Theyre never really bh. And if she does have them, theyre likely caused by dehydration...as if she didnt know! Shes been treatedfor it more than once. Idk why it all bugs me so much but I does. I guess I feel its because shes just tryin to race to the finish line or just to get attention, idk. Anywho, thanks for listening =) I had to tell someone other than DH

keegansmommy - 12 days ago
Omg ladies I need to vent before I lose my mind! I have a friend I invited to join my mamas group on fb. Love her! But this pregnancy journey with her has absolutely driven me nuts! As women, we al have the same or similar symptoms, aches and pains. But it seems like every time I post something, she always replies with the exact same issue, or if I just say something in general about pregnancy, then omg! she JUST said that to so and so today! It's annoying! And according to her first and most accurate scan at 12 weeks, the one each and every doctor goes by because it is the most accurate, she's 3 days behind me. I'm 36 weeks today. Well according to her, she should be almost 38 weeks. Not! And she's a big girl. Like 6 foot two something. So if her baby isnt even measuring big and dr says shes not even that far along anyway, its like get over it! Youre not as far along as you want to be! And she's constantly complaining of bh and discharge, la di da. Newflash, all of that discharge is normal and so very obviously not your mucous plug!i And all of her pains and so called bh are always explained away or they just stop suddenly or something. Theyre never really bh. And if she does have them, theyre likely caused by dehydration...as if she didnt know! Shes been treatedfor it more than once. Idk why it all bugs me so much but I does. I guess I feel its because shes just tryin to race to the finish line or just to get attention, idk. Anywho, thanks for listening =) I had to tell someone other than DH

keegansmommy - 12 days ago
Omg ladies I need to vent before I lose my mind! I have a friend I invited to join my mamas group on fb. Love her! But this pregnancy journey with her has absolutely driven me nuts! As women, we al have the same or similar symptoms, aches and pains. But it seems like every time I post something, she always replies with the exact same issue, or if I just say something in general about pregnancy, then omg! she JUST said that to so and so today! It's annoying! And according to her first and most accurate scan at 12 weeks, the one each and every doctor goes by because it is the most accurate, she's 3 days behind me. I'm 36 weeks today. Well according to her, she should be almost 38 weeks. Not! And she's a big girl. Like 6 foot two something. So if her baby isnt even measuring big and dr says shes not even that far along anyway, its like get over it! Youre not as far along as you want to be! And she's constantly complaining of bh and discharge, la di da. Newflash, all of that discharge is normal and so very obviously not your mucous plug!i And all of her pains and so called bh are always explained away or they just stop suddenly or something. Theyre never really bh. And if she does have them, theyre likely caused by dehydration...as if she didnt know! Shes been treatedfor it more than once. Idk why it all bugs me so much but I does. I guess I feel its because shes just tryin to race to the finish line or just to get attention, idk. Anywho, thanks for listening =) I had to tell someone other than DH

lila2cute:-) - 13 days ago
Acid reflex is kicking my butt!!! :(

susieq2582 - 13 days ago
JDH - I am so jealous that you got to see your little one again. I won't see mine until he is born, and now I am hoping he stays in for a couple more weeks as my 2 year old has hand foot and mouth disease.

susieq2582 - 13 days ago
Sue23 - I love the name!!!!

Sue23 - 14 days ago
thanks everyone we called him joshua-james

JDH - 14 days ago
36 weeks and 3 days. Had my last ultrasound this morning. Everything looks good! Baby girl is still measuring a week behind but the doctor isn't worried. I didn't gain any weight this week which is fine by me : ) and baby is only measuring at 5' 6'! My boys were almost 9' when they were born so we will see what this little girl comes out to be. I've been guessing 7 something. Getting super excited!!!

susieq2582 - 15 days ago
Sue - CONGRATS!!!! You didn't even have to have the sweep. Enjoy baby boy! P.S. What's his name?

JDH - 16 days ago
P.S...I'm so grateful for a place to 'vent' my pregnancy frustrations!

JDH - 16 days ago
AGH! Not a very fun day at all! My husband and I have been cranky at each other since we woke up...no idea why! I feel crappy, irritable, FAT, and my body aches! He knows all of this, and still insisted we go to a BBQ with his entire family which is very overwhelming to me as I'm not a huge fan of social events! Now, the boys are over tired, he is VERY grumpy and I just need to sleep. On a positive note, I completely finished the nursery today! It is BEAUTIFUL! My mom bought me this big armoire and it fits perfectly. I have been having crazy anxiety though about not being ready, so I've been a maniac around the house! Maybe that's why my husband is so grumpy with me...?

vickiessecret - 16 days ago
My Braxton hicks contractions take away my breath and my belly gets tight almost like someone is sitting on my & then tapers off, not painful but uncomfortable. But real contractions to me feel like period cramps with the tightening too.

JDH - 16 days ago
ONLY 2 MORE DAYS UNTIL MY ULTRASOUND!

JDH - 17 days ago
I'm really hoping that I don't have to be induced this time, but worry about making it to the Doctor if I go on my own. I will have to be paying really close attention! After the broke my water with my 2nd, he only took an hour! It was great that it went so fast, but makes me a bit nervous as I am a good 45 mins away. Last night laying in bed I was having pretty regular Braxton hicks. They were nice and painful. If I remember correctly, with Braxton hicks your stomach won't feel hard, but real contractions will...?

ira456 - 17 days ago
My water has never broken either.

vickiessecret - 17 days ago
My waters never broke with my other 3 children, I wonder if it will this time..Lol. 24 days left!!! :) It's going by sooo fast!!!

ira456 - 17 days ago
Yes they sure have, but less painful as well. That's why I didn't realize the contractions were real. I kept waiting for things to get more painful but it never really did.

Maybe1more - 17 days ago
Thanks Ira. Have your labors gotten quicker with each baby?

lila2cute:-) - 17 days ago
Yay Sue :) congratulations <3

ira456 - 18 days ago
Congrats Sue! I hope I have mine soon or at least not late. Maybe1more- im pregnant with my 5th and live an hour away from my hospital if it makes you feel better. I was already 8cm dialated when I arrived with my fourth so I can understand why you would want to be induced. But I hate being induced! So im really hoping I have lots if warning and make it on time! JDH- I don't think you're crazy for looking forward to labour. It is an amazing experience and I can't wait to experience it again. However I could do without the pain lol.

Sue23 - 18 days ago
Thank you all I started braxton hicks after a long walk and they stopped went to bed and waters broke at 3am didnt go into labour straight away and I had about a 30 min labour without looking at notes it was the better labour out of the 3 just the after pains r worse if hed hold off just 2 days hed of been a term baby but them 2 days caused us to b cared as pre term thou he does as well as a term baby I hope u all have a good end pregnancy and labour I will get back on in next couple of days to c how ur all doing

vickiessecret - 18 days ago
Congrats Sue & Ira- I've tore in the past so I'm sure I probably will again, I just want to avoid a C-section :)

etmcda@gmail.com - 18 days ago
Congratulations Sue I kno your n heaven rite now....so I had an exam today and the Dr said baby was n my pelvis and that she was able to feel her head.how can that b if I'm haven't dilated yet? N when u ladies have ur exams do you normally have a lot of painful cramps?

megalo - 18 days ago
Congratulations Sue. Wonderful news.

Maybe1more - 18 days ago
Congrats, Sue, that is awesome news!!! How do you all feel about inductions? I really want to wait for it to happen natural but I am on baby 4 and live 30 minutes from hospital. My last was born 45 min after water was broken. Would you guys take your chances??

JDH - 18 days ago
Wow Sue! Great news! I am still convinced I will have my little girl before my due date but we will see. Everyone tells me, 'don't get your hopes up!' I love feeling contractions. Even if they are Braxton Hicks. And am I crazy for actually looking forward to being in labor? To me, it's the most miraculous thing in the world!

casanova - 18 days ago
you were able to pass through the labor pains, which you were dreading. Congrats once more

casanova - 18 days ago
congratulations SUE!!!!!! How exciting you are the first to deliver!!!! Great to hear baby and mommy are doing great.

Sue23 - 18 days ago
Had baby boy at 2.13pm on friday 11th july at 36plus 5 after waters breaking early hours of morning he wieghs 5lb 13oz and perfect in every way

ira456 - 18 days ago
Wow Vickie that is a good sized boy you're having. I hope you don't tear or anything! Yes Casanova this is getting so exciting! We are almost done! And I woke up to another contraction but it was just a mild one.

casanova - 18 days ago
I just had a contraction!! it was long and painful. I think next week is my week



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