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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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morenazaChihuahuense - 7 days ago
Mama good luck on your party!!! And hope lo stays tight in there till all the guests leave!! Lol.... im waiting for this thrusday appt and see if I have dilated more....but hoping baby stays put til sat night as its my sisters bday and its a 2h drive from where I live...we are planning on coming right back at end of the day!!

mammaramirez - 10 days ago
Had my 36 week apt today. Had to have the group b step test done and she ended up doing a pelvic exam as well.... I'm 1 cm dialated, he's minus 3 and I'm still thick..... guess we will see if anything changes at my next apt next Friday. I'm sure all the cleaning and the Braxton hicks and him pushing down is causing me to dialate. Oh well... as long as he can hang in there until after September 27th I'm perfectly ok... my son's 4th birthday party is on Sept 27th... I purposely planned it a week ahead of his actual birthday because I'm due Oct 7th and I didn't want to push my luck... looks like I'm pushing my luck regardless

morenazaChihuahuense - 11 days ago
Hi mamas...hope you guys doing great.... here I am ...I fell today at my grandmas apointment and was rushed to hospital as a gush of fluid cane out...thank God it was not amniotic fluid.... with the news that I dilated 1cm more since last week when it took me by surprise at my 35w5d appt that I was at 3cm :-/ ..... baby is doing fine but my coccyx is sore as it can be...I can barely walk/stand!! Have docs appt tomorrow and my regular nst.. ready to have baby soon!!

leanbean - 12 days ago
MAMAR~ Good luck with your sons birthday and everything on your to do list! I'm slowly but surely marking things off. I just have my living room, windows and carpets left to deep clean :) Lets just hope we can find the energy somewhere to finish up!

mammaramirez - 13 days ago
Week 36 here we are!!!! Still have so much to do and losing so much time and energy to be able to do it! Still have to buy clothes for this little guy, I need to deep clean my house. I've got my soon to be 4 year old's birthday party to prep for... I have to order the cake, get his bday gift, put together goody bags..... do his pictures, find him a big brother gift for when baby gets here. my brother inlaw hinted that his birthday his coming up (meaning he wants to throw a barbeque at our house....) I told him we will not be having any parties and/or get togethers at my house for a long time since no one ever helps clean up afterwards and I need this house ready for a newborn.

LoriandRichie - 14 days ago
Mom and leanbean- thank you both for the info. It makes me feel better.

MOMIIB - 15 days ago
Lori please dont put much stock Into what they say abt size....sonograms are NOT accurate this late in the game. They just told my friend her Boy was gonna be 8+lbs and he was 6lb9oz!!!!! I am measuring ahead too, 41wks when I am 37. Ob isny too concerned bc I have measured 3wks ahead since 20ish wks. With my first I measured 6wks ahead and we induced at 38 wks bc they thought he was gonna be 10lbs but he was 8lb 2oz. Good luck!!!!

leanbean - 18 days ago
LORI~ If it gives you any hope, with my 3rd they told me he was projected to be 13 lbs. at birth. He was 7 lbs. 10 oz! Good luck with everything and keep us updated. MOMII~ Yay for the new home. Good luck with moving. Hope you have lots of help and you feel nice and settled just in time to meet your little one.

LoriandRichie - 18 days ago
Mom-congrats on your new home!! And maternity leave! My last day of work is 9/12

LoriandRichie - 18 days ago
I had ob appt and my dr is concerned about baby's size. She thinks she weighs 81/2-9 lbs now and I still have 25 days to go. So I have to get an ultrasound next week to confirm her weight If she's correct they're going to induce me :( I'm measuring at 40 weeks. But I've only gained 8 lbs so far.

MOMIIB - 18 days ago
Today was my last day of work. Excited, sad, nervous, ect. Wish we got paid maternity here but oh well. Time to finish getting everything in order and *finally* move into our new house. Really want to enjoy these last few weeks or days of what will probably be our last baby! 37weeks tomorrow and ob Friday for another cervical ck, ekkkk! :-)

leanbean - 19 days ago
Getting so excited! I can't believe how close we are. This is my last baby and I'm trying to remind myself to enjoy these last few weeks :)MOMII~ Head size is all that matters! hahahahaha... My boys had huge heads! My 1st was a full 3' bigger at birth than my daughter. She was a breeze to deliver! even though she was only a few ounces smaller. Good luck! LORI~ Congrats on your growing family! and I hear you about how long we've got left! My last 2 came 2 weeks early and my friend mentioned that that's 2 weeks away! I had a mild panic attack! hahahahah...

LoriandRichie - 20 days ago
On a side note, my son (21) proposed to his girlfriend last weekend. My family is definitely growing! :)

LoriandRichie - 20 days ago
4 weeks to go...it has flown by! Reality is setting in and I'm starting to get nervous.

MOMIIB - 21 days ago
Wow, getting in the home stretch. Was cked friday, so far no progress. I am measuring 4wks ahead, so 40wks :-/ If I dont go into labor by 39wks I think I will be having a repeat c section. I really want a VBAC but its kinda scary how big he is getting. ...no way I can push a 9lb baby out LOL!

sarah6485 - 41 days ago
Brandy I'm due 3rd sept and hoping I deliver 31st august just so this baby is year below my youngest daughter at school otherwise misses a whole year school because born few days later :-/ and is like them to be in playsckool nursery together for bit :) I'm off to week 37 Tomo so bubs is term time to get walking and out and about with kids get this labour ready to happen in few weeks time 👍

brandyb1984 - 41 days ago
C section scheduled for sept 2nd.. totally bummed its not scheduled for august... hopefully i will just go into labor before then.. waiting to meet mrs. Aubriella elizabeth..

sarah6485 - 42 days ago
Definatly feeling some strange pains and pushing and cervix niggles past few days people are saying my bump has dropped a lot :)

Baby ali - 43 days ago
mash- I feel ur pain, in the Same situation with heartburn makes me vomit although I am taking heartburn meds, cold glass of milk seems to help for abit.

mash1_4077@hotmail.com - 45 days ago
so uncomfortable....im like a walking ball of heartburn....and a couple nights ago i was up most of the night because i ran out of tums.....so every time i lay down i would almost vomit from the heartburn....not fun

sarah6485 - 46 days ago
Congrats nixsa :) hope your well

Baby ali - 46 days ago
nixsa- congratulations

NixSA - 47 days ago
Well ladies I had my baby at 35 weeks via emergency csection. had complications and was taken in for an emergency hysterectomy a short while after. Our little girl is too beautiful

Baby ali - 47 days ago
last few weeks drag on forever I think, the waiting takes the toll

fnouf - 47 days ago
No harm in keeping trying Ali lol! I've always had to have GTT because both my parents are type 2 but I've been lucky enough to never suffer with GD. I have midwife next Thursday for my 38 weeks, she saw me at 36 too and think she said she'll be seeing me at 40 too. Don't think discharge is anything interesting, plug looks like real thick gooey mucous. Mash, I know what you mean about being anxious to know if a boy or a girl, still not ready for them to come out yet tho lol ... Off to 37 weeks today xx.

mash1_4077@hotmail.com - 47 days ago
im anxious, im nervous.....im so done with pregnancy....i just want to meet my baby....i want to know if this is a boy or a girl. i want to be able to keep my baby safe HERE. i want my body back lol....my ob is on vacation this week though, so hopefully not this week lol. went to hospital on monday because i had an appointment for a bp check and assessment. my bp went up once when i was concentrating on all this instruments in the room and got myself a bit psyched out lol. then they wouldnt take me off the monitor cuz baby's heartbeat wasn't fluctuating enough....but after an hour or so i got the go ahead from the on call dr to go home. i have my ob appt next wed morning and then an u/s so he can check on size and position of baby on thursday the 14th....getting very anxious for baby....

Baby ali - 48 days ago
okay ladies did some boincing on the yoga ball lol and I had like (tmi!) white Watery thik white discharge? wat is that??

Baby ali - 49 days ago
can't wait to see my baby boy soooo dying to see who he looks like me or hubby or his sisters lolz

Baby ali - 49 days ago
fnouf- no luck in loosing the plug lol has urs all gone? got midwife appointment on Thursday last one I think till after baby is born, didn't really see her much during whole of pregnancy only 5 times including Thursday although I got diabetes NHS is rubbish nowadays I think, no care in the world, my mum had diabetes with my brother who is now 15 years old they used to see her every two weeks through out pregnancy and used to go hospital often to make sure everything was okay.

fnouf - 50 days ago
haha Ali, have fun trying to loose that plug! What I hate most at the minute is how uncomfortable it is to cuddle with my kids, as soon as I have any pressure on my bump I feel like I can't breath and need to pee so only having short cuddles. Feel exhausted if I sit still but as soon as I talk myself in to moving I am OK, it's the getting moving in the first place which is the issue haha xx

Baby ali - 50 days ago
fnouf- gonna take on board ur experience how to lose the plug! whoooo doing the deed everyday lolz

Baby ali - 51 days ago
36 weeks today, can't wait till all this is over so can give time to the kids, feel sorry for the two little ones I have no energy to do anything with them or carry them wen they want a cuddle and sit on my lap, sometimes because the babies head is in the pelvis it hurts to stand up feel like it's digging it's head right in and the pressure hurts, sometimes wish the water will break but noooooooo anyways hope everyone else is waddling along lol

fnouf - 51 days ago
funtime, I feel incredibly lucky! I really feel for those who suffer in pregnancy and try not to moan too much about my minor aches cus I know it could be so much worse! Sorry to hear that ladybug, I would be gutted, fingers crossed they don't let you down again next week! Haha Ali, my last two pregnancies I couldn't get enough, this one I am totally off it, would have been quite happy to be celibate all through pregnancy, so been trying to get in to mood to keep hubby happy but only done a handful of times whole pregnancy till last weekend ... think I shocked my body a little with a few times in 2 days, hence the loss of plug ... think I shocked hubby a bit too haha. Looking forward to getting my desires back!!!

Baby ali - 51 days ago
fnouf- did the deed last night no sign of nothing LOLOL hubby sed he will help get things going b4 due date lol :0/

ladybug85 - 52 days ago
so my drs appt was a bust. He couldnt get away from the hospital to see me so now i have to wait another week :(

funtimemum80 - 52 days ago
Fnouf, I am incredibly jealous of your agility in late pregnancy!! I was comfortable in my last pregnancy and was on a ladder painting a ceiling on my due date but he ended up 8 days late. I am hoping through my woes, all are signs that baby is on her way before my due date, otherwise Mother Nature is cruel!!

fnouf - 52 days ago
lol Ali, get bouncing on that ball, it was our anniversary at the weekend so we did the deed a couple of times, and went for a walk for an hour one night and then went round Croome Park house and gardens for 6 hours the next day so think it loosened everything up. Not lost any more since Tuesday and hoping it stays that way. I spoke with my midwife about being made to stay on the bed after being induced and she said they were probably just trying to make their own lives easier. She said if induced again then I should ask if there is a reason I am being kept on the bed, if there isn't she said to insist on being mobile. Thanks for the words of encouragement funtime, I'm sure I'm worrying over nothing. We were meant to be in France at the moment, but the ferry companies don't let you travel after your 32nd week of pregnancy so we had to cancel :-( My eldest was so disappointed as she has a penfriend that lives near my aunty and she hasn't seen him in a couple of years. I'm blessed to be able to get out and about with her to try and make up for it and really feel for the ones who struggle with mobility these last few weeks. I work at a school and the schools here broke up 18th July, until that point I was still riding my bicycle to work every day. With Isabelle, my youngest, I rode my bike until I was 38 weeks, then we had a really bad snow (well bad for UK) and it was too dangerous to ride any more. I worked until 4 days before due with Isabelle too. My plug was a milky cream colour, no blood in it, about the size of the end of my middle finger so not much of it either. I hope you find some relief from your discomfort xx

funtimemum80 - 52 days ago
Baby Ali, that's horrible! Sounds like you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, hopefully by then you will have got going naturally : ))

Baby ali - 52 days ago
Funtime- doctor sed although we both r healthy they dnt let women who has diabetes go over their due date because diabetes can cause stillbirth they now induce u on the due date if u dnt go Into labour b4 the date, just to be on the safe side

funtimemum80 - 52 days ago
I just have to add, I'm laying in bed ( it's electric) so I'm sitting up one end and have my feet up at the other end, fan blowing on me, I am butt naked reading a book and feeling/ watching my baby moving inside me, it's these moments I so enjoy and don't want to rush : ))

funtimemum80 - 52 days ago
Baby Ali, why plans to induce you if you and baby healthy?

funtimemum80 - 52 days ago
Fnouf, I know everyone is different but this baby has been engaged since week 35, I'm now 37 +5 and still no baby.... I wish I could do the whole days out ect with my kiddies but I can't stand or walk for too long now without being in dis comfort or having shooting pains down my thighs, I loosing my plug daily which has been several colours.... And still no baby!! My eldest has told me to hurry up and give birth seems like I'm not the only one done with this pregnancy lol on a plus it's my birthday Tomoz and have plans to spend some family time and travel to the beach for the weekend ( if I can move lol)

Baby ali - 52 days ago
fnouf- sooo lucky lol everyone's loosing plugs wat about me :0( mines being stubborn! lol goodluck, I need labour dust my way!!!!

fnouf - 52 days ago
Argggg panicking! Had my 36 week check (36+2 today) with midwife today, she said babies head is already in pelvis, we don't get checked for dilation but I lost a bit of plug on Tuesday so must be at least a little dilated. Midwife thinks baby won't keep us waiting for much longer. So not ready for this pregnancy to be over, want to go over not have it early :-( hubby said need to chill and take things easy but there is still so much to do and want the kids to have a few days out in the hols so really can't chill! Send anti labor dust my way please ladies!

ladybug85 - 53 days ago
looking forward to my dr appt later today...first pelvic exam and officially scheduling the c-section! :)

fnouf - 53 days ago
Ali, great news that baby is growing well and good on you for controlling your diabetes, know it can be really difficult. Yay tnt, hopefully your baby won't keep you waiting too long to meet them :-) lil.pigz, I have packed my bits and some boy bits but need to find out the girl bits to pack aswell, also need to buy the going home outfits but can't get them till nearer the time as we will need to return the one in the wrong sex. My eldest was 11 days late but I started slow labour at 9 days late, she actually arrived on the day I had been booked for induction :-) My youngest was induced at 2 days past due date and she arrived 3 days past due date, had to be induced with her because of extreme swelling, BP rising and some protein in urine, ended up not being pre-eclampsia but they wanted to be on the safe side.

Baby ali - 53 days ago
scan shows baby is in position head down :0) everything is normal thank god, baby weighs 6lbs 2onces am gonna be 36 weeks on Saturday, doctor sed everything looking great baby's size is good and my diet control is good too, diabetes is controlled :0) but has booked me in for induction on my due date 30/8/14 hopefuly I will go into labour b4 my due date i did with my previous pregnancy went into labour 2 days b4 my due date, fingers crossed I wouldn't need to be induced want a natural labour n birth :0) goodluck to all of u ladies time is comming nearer now

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 53 days ago
Great news today! Went to my doc appointment and even though I'd been warned I wouldn't have a cervical check, I guess the position of my belly concerned my doctor and nurses, so they changed their mind lol. My doctor felt for the baby, said he was definitely head down, but hadn't completely dropped yet, then checked my cervix and guess what? 1cm dilated! One down, nine cm to go! Lol. I'm not taking this to heart because I don't want to jinx it, but I'll go ahead and mention that he thinks I could go into labor 2-3 weeks early by the looks of things. Ah, wouldn't that be nice? Now, I need to walk, have intercourse, and bounce on an exercise ball so this baby will drop a little more!

funtimemum80 - 54 days ago
Sarah, best of luck with your early/ on time natural birth, if I had any advice I would use it on myself lol right now my body feels done and I still have just over two weeks to fill, sure id be fine relaxing and enjoying these last days but my other children have other ideas

funtimemum80 - 54 days ago
Guys.... What is a granny moo moo? Lol my bag is filled with new pj's, new toiletries and chocolate, when I'm left alone after the birth I settle baby down and enjoy a cup of tea and some chocolate all to myself, no other small person around to steal any from me!



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