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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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KristinaA - 44 days ago
how'd it go, mamaford? I am miserable again w/ the hemorrhoids. I started using clary sage oil in my bath as of yesterday to try to get things going. I've never tried it before, but at this point, I'm desparate to get this baby out and start recovering.

mamaford77 - 45 days ago
I'm still here. I have a big appt today; last ultrasound, NST, and cervix check. Based on how those 3 things go, we'll schedule my induction for either April 17 or 23. So excited to be nearing the end!

KristinaA - 45 days ago
Hey Kristi -- Yay for your mucus plug. Mine came out the day before I had my baby last time. I'm doing ok, except for damned hemorrhoids. They are the worst! But other than that and the 39 lbs I've gained so far, I feel fine, not terrible back-pain like I've had with previous pregnancies.

KristiW - 45 days ago
KristinaA- I will be 36 weeks tomorrow! But I will be induced no later than 29 April! Which is only 3 weeks away!!!!! I lost my mucus plug a few days ago, so I know my body is getting ready too! I also can tell the baby has dropped. How are you feeling?

KristinaA - 49 days ago
Made it to 36 weeks! Hooray. Who else is still here?

babylove5 - 66 days ago
Emefa it's rare for someone's water to break before the final stage of labor but let us know what the Dr. Says. Anything is possible.

lexy-b - 66 days ago
I would definitely get it checked if you're not sure.

sher-baby - 67 days ago
Emefa- could be amniotic fluid. U should prob get checked out.

emefa - 67 days ago
Hi ladies,hw is everyone doing?woke up dis morning n felt sm liquid running down my legs,nt much,anybody experiencing same thing?

sher-baby - 67 days ago
Haha...I'm like the opposit! I get a contraction or a BH...and I'm like 'ok..yaaa!!! Let's go!!...keep going....' then I don't get another one for like an hr and I'm like 'damn it!!!'im going to walk around the mall today...see if that helps at all. The only problem with that is A, I'll wanna spend money I don't have!!! And B, my back will kill kill KILL me later on!!!! But i have to get this baby out soon if I want this back pain to ever end!!

babylumpp2015 - 67 days ago
sherbaby- hope you're feeling better today! I had bad back pain last night and some good contractions for the past 2 days but its almost like babylove said I want this baby out and want it to get going but once they start im like oh wait, wait! not ready for this yet! haha. my boobs have been leaking forever now and have been worse the past couple days i have to wear the boobie pads or i leak right through. have been having some rough pains today and its 70 here! BYE SNOW! Gonna take the kiddies to the park & as much as i hope it brings on the real thing i half want to wait because i'm still without a phone and with technology on those things now a days, don't even own a camera so wouldn't even be able to take pics of the new sweetness. haha so please baby stay in until the new phone arrives. :) oh & HELLO 37 weeks! Moving on over ladies!

sher-baby - 67 days ago
I've never had any milk dripping but I feel like i smell like sour milk...yuck! I have had some nipple 'crust' but that's it...I know, yuck again!!

sher-baby - 67 days ago
I'm deff doing my EPO both orally and vaginally. I figure even if it slows down my contraction but it does its job to dilate me, I'll either be really dialated come labour time and may need Pitocin for a short while to finish up the job OR hopefully be fully dialated really quickly and not need Pitocin!

babylove5 - 67 days ago
I imagine my milk is dripping and then I'll look and it will just be a drop. I am not sure if I'm going to take my EPO orally. I think I may just do it vaginally, since it slows down the intensity of the contractions. It's great because you get a break but I'm afraid to push if the pain is not super strong. I was 8 cm almost 9 when I walked in because of the epo last time.

sher-baby - 67 days ago
Anyone feel like they can smell their milk?? Lmao...I know, sounds weird but I swear I can smell mine!!! I hope it just a maternal think and no one else can..that would be kinda gross!

sher-baby - 67 days ago
With my daughter the contractions were soo painful cuz of the Pitocin, that pushing felt good for me!!! So with each push, boooyyyy did I push!!! She was out in like 3 pushes, I was pushing so hard!!i hope I don't need Pitocin this time around...I really just want things to progress the way they should naturally...AND SOON!!! wishful thinking??? Ya I know...

babylove5 - 67 days ago
I am sometimes ready to have him and then when the contractions start I think I'm not ready, and I have always gotten nervous to push them out. It's like when it's show time I am afraid of tearing so I don't push like I should. I'm kind of glad to still be pregnant because I hate tearing!

sher-baby - 67 days ago
Lol...thanks Babylove!!! I wish he was ready yeaterday! If he next week and a half-2weeks are going to be anything like the last 2 days...I'm gonna die!!!

babylove5 - 67 days ago
Dec baby I hope your sweep gets things started!! I am having a hard time getting to sleep, because the baby is still kicking a lot at night, and he doesn't hv any room. I am so grumpy lately it's like my hormones are raging😳.

sher-baby - 67 days ago
Oh good luck dec baby!! I hope you have had your sweep by now and are getting some regular contractions. Keep us posted when you can.

babylove5 - 67 days ago
Sher I said a prayer for you to hv your baby as soon as he is ready! I know you are ready!

Dec Baby - 68 days ago
Babylove...Yumm lucky you!! I'm feeling massive too...can't wait to find out baby's birth weight! Monday has already arrived and I'm soon off to my O.B app. Hopefully the sweep doesn't hurt too much...although I think I'm pretty tough in that department! Maybe in several hours I'll start having some contractions?! Anyhow, I'll keep you updated;))

Dec Baby - 68 days ago
Aww poor thing! Hang in there, you don't have too much longer to go! Hopefully you can make it to 37 weeks and baby will conveniently arrive! Have a warm bath and get those contractions going least you'll take some pressure off your back if you fill the tub to the top!! I'm also using tiger balm for back, rib and joint pain! It doesn't take all the pain away but some how the hot/cold feeling is a bit of a distraction!

sher-baby - 68 days ago
Someone....anyone....please say a prayer that my water breaks tonight!!! My back pain is back, same as yesterday and I don't know how long I can deal with this!!! Omg...heats not working...rubs aren't working...tylenol isn't working!!! I hate sounding like a whiner or a broken record but I have NEVER experienced back pain like this!!! Never.....

babylove5 - 68 days ago
I ate way to much and spent to much but it was worth it. Probably the last really good meal before birth! Hope everybody is hanging in there w our huge babies. Well I feel like mine is huge!

babylove5 - 68 days ago
Lol I was!!! I am going to red lobster today!!! Seafood platter here I come! Scallops, shrimp, and crab legs yum!!!!

sher-baby - 68 days ago
Babylove maybe u were having contractions in your sleep?? I could go for some crab legs!! Lol

babylove5 - 68 days ago
I am hoping for birth at 39 weeks. Dec baby let us know if labor starts. I had 2 dreams that I was out to eat and lost my mucus plug. I was eating crab legs in the dream. Both times I had the dream I was having contractions because I had to use the restroom lol. I think I should go get some seafood today!

sher-baby - 68 days ago
Dec baby- I've taken tylenol in the past for my back pain and it hasn't given me any pain relief. Usually I'm a extra strength advil kind of girl for any of my aches and pains, but obviously that's out of the question. I've also been using a heating pad from very early on and also occasionally tiger balm. Its Sunday morning here and so far my back feels much better (mind you, I'm still in bed!). Maybe I just over did 'it' yesterday...I don't know!!! I'm pretty jealous right now...I wish I was at the point were I could get a sweep!!! Lol...soon!! If I was pregnant with my daughter, my water would break today and she would be born tomorrow...I really wouldn't mind if that happened again 😊. But good luck at ur appt tomorrow! I hope things get going for you so you can finally meet your lil one

pumpkinfairy - 68 days ago
I checked out week 37 and nobody chats there....lets hope we all have the babies this week lol

Dec Baby - 69 days ago
Hi girls, I'm almost 40 weeks!! I see my O.B tomorrow afternoon and he's going to do a sweep, that usually gets my labour started:)) I'm kinda excited but scared at the same time haha! Sooo...I hope it's me to have the next baby😬😉 anyone heard news from blondie? should take some pain relief for your back?! If you've been in pain for a few days, it doesn't hurt to get some relief here and there! Have you tried using a heat pack? Or even better get dh to give you a massage! Pumpkinfairy...I couldn't agree more about the sleep and meds!! That is the only time I get a better nights sleep too...but of course I don't take anything unless I'm desparate! Hope your headache eases not nice when you are this pregnant😩

sher-baby - 69 days ago
I hope I go tomorrow!!! Omg the back pain today is too much!!! I don't know what happened but O...M....GOD!!!

pumpkinfairy - 69 days ago
sleep ....whats that? haha the only way I get sleep is if I take tylenol pm, and these headaches, last night I thought I was just going to lay down and die! they come out of nowhere. had one while visiting my mom today luckily without my pain meds it went away after an hr and half. keep telling myself just 2 more nst visits and I'm done, why cant I just go in labor at 36 weeks like all my other kids besides the 32 & 34 wkrs ugh! try n get as much sleep as you can right now cause soon our households will be filled with crying babies

babylumpp2015 - 69 days ago
flip flopping around is terrible. especially with spd! its like baby sits on a muscle and sends shooting pains everywhere so turn to the other side and its constant pressure on the bladder. its a lose lose situation. ladies i totally dropped my phone in the toilet today while at the mall! I tried saving it and its def caput. Single mom of 2 kids, lets hope labor doesn't stir up tonight or this mama is going to have to take 2 kids on a hospital. you would think today was friday the 13th not yesterday!

sher-baby - 69 days ago
Ya me to lexy...i have to change positons often, not so much because of my hips but my ribs. But my SPD makes changing positons torture!!!

lexy-b - 69 days ago
Pumpkin I hope your head ache went away.

lexy-b - 69 days ago
My hubby says I have been snoring too. No problems with me falling asleep but I wake up about ever hour to roll over because my hips start aching.

sher-baby - 69 days ago
That's how I was about a month ago.....couldn't sleep to save my life!! But the last maybe week or 2, I've had decent sleep; not great by any means but I haven't been waking up at 2am to pee then Staying awake until about 20mins before my alarm went off!! I still have maybe 2-3 nights a week that I can't sleep but I'm glad I'm able to get maybe 2 nights where I can actually sleep! DH says I've been snoring and I never snore...I drool, he snors!!!! But I guess I've been sooo tired that the snoring (and the drooling) just happens

babylumpp2015 - 69 days ago
Babylove I have been exactly the same! Especially grumpy & I don't know why. I try to trick myself into knowing I don't have anything to be mad about because I can feel the real me in there but never works. I've been quite a bitch to those around me! And insomnia is worse than ever. I didn't get much sleep before but the past few days i may get 2 hours of sleep go for my bathroom trip & be wide awake for hours and just when I'm ready to crash again my little ones are awake.

sher-baby - 69 days ago
I will be doing LOTS of frozen lasangnas for the first while. The ones we usualy buy were on sale last week and I should of bought a few but I didnt!!!

sher-baby - 69 days ago
Pumpkinfairy...let us know how things go! I was having a pretty bad headache a few weeks back and my dr said its prob caused from the increased blood volume in our bodies, because my BP was good and so was my sugar.

babylove5 - 69 days ago
Floy they haven't checked me at all I'm going to hv to get some medical gloves and do it myself ha! Pumpkin let us know! I would like some easy frozen meals to otherwise it's frozen pizza and Wendy's.

babylove5 - 69 days ago
My new symptoms in the past few days, are going to the bathroom more frequently, nausea, and being really grumpy! This pregnancy is different what is up w the nausea. I hope everybody else is feeling better than me.

pumpkinfairy - 70 days ago
today my dr gave my baby an eviction notice for March 23rd, so if hes not here he will be. I'm dying with a real bad headache today its not my blood pressure, or sugar level I dunno what it is :( glad you are all doing well :)

floydianslip2 - 70 days ago
Man, I missed some good convos over the last couple of days! I've been so busy prepping to go out on leave, and have felt like complete crap the past few days! They didn't do a cervical check at either of my appointments this week, so I have no clue if I made any more progress. I guess they'll check at Monday's appointment. I dread it because I have a 'shy' cervix that likes to hide as far up as possible when it knows somethings coming for it, and it hurts! But I still want to know how things are progressing. And now that I'm off work officially I plan on lots of frozen meals. If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them!

sher-baby - 70 days ago
Haha...I have no space In my freezer for cooked meals. I need to save space for my milk supply! Lol

lexy-b - 70 days ago
I know the feeling Sher. I have even run out of containers to freeze extra meals. I have started baking and trust me my weight gain is showing it lol.

sher-baby - 70 days ago
I'm so bored staying home!!! My house is clean, baby stuff is ready ( I can't even nest!!)!! I went to my moms house and cleaned for her!!! Lol ugh!!

sher-baby - 70 days ago
Evening premrose's not to induce labour but it preps and helps to soften the cervix.

lexy-b - 70 days ago
What is epo?

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