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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 - 7 days ago
Lol, my dr is on vacation next week too! I was all for this lil man coming any day now until my dr informed me of thta little fact! Plus my husband is working out of state next week too. That would just be my luck though.

monkeymomma - 10 days ago
So close! Although, I had a talk with baby girl. She's not allowed to come out until next week because my doc is on vacation this week!

TaraR - 25 days ago
Thanks treadingwater!! That helps! it's not yellow. It's only been white. I go to the dr Wednesday.

treadingwater - 25 days ago
TaraR- No, mucous plug is usually pinkish brown. I would look at the color, if it is yellow and has a smell (could be an infection) if it is white and clear then it shouldn't be anything bad but I would still get checked if it is more than you normally would see. I had white discharged and it was frequent and a lot...I went in and got checked and turned out to be a yeast infection.

TaraR - 25 days ago
Hello ladies!! Can anyone help me or give me some insight. I don't remember losing my mucus plug with the girls. For the last couple days I've noticed way more discharge when I wipe. Like someone blew there nose. Sorry TMI!! There's no pink or brown...just snot looking stuff. Is that part of the mucus plug?

RowdyRandi - 25 days ago
I had an epidural with my first but didn't get til about 6 1/2 cm dilated. I had no issues at all but my friend got hers at 3 cm and did have issues so i think if u can just hold out til u actually have pain its probably ok. I had pitocin with my first since water broke and no contractions had started

PaulaSoon2b8 - 25 days ago
Regarding the EPIDURAL....I would have to agree...the longer the drip is in for and the stronger the dose...the worse the after effects....and body handles everything differently. Me personally have spinal issues have for years now...its just a no go for me :)

RowdyRandi - 26 days ago
I'll be 37 wks tomorrow so just need this baby to make til then. My first was late preterm but I'm pretty sure this one will be full term

Kekea - 26 days ago
1morefor4 I have my fingures crossed that you make it to your hair appointment. My goal was to make it to maternity leave 9/18 which is 38.4 for me but at this point I wouldnt mond if she came sooner.

1morefor4 - 26 days ago
Been losing more pieces of mucus but still no red or pink so not worried. Just going to take it easier. DH is hoping to work about 10-14 more days before she comes and for me my goal has always been my 38 week appointment so about 10 more days is my true goal (which is 4 days after my all important hair appointment lol).

Kekea - 26 days ago
mrsamanda wow 10 pounders you have proved that you are a super mom. If the epidural was good for you then why not . Rowdy and Mzdallas you both had eventful nights looks like you two will have babies soon. Mzdallas have you spoke to your actual doctor yet? Ok im 38 weeks today and my last two boys were both born at exactly 38 weeks. I think my baby girl is comfortable though. I get a few contractions that I hAve to breath through but never at a consistant rate. You guys are in my thoughts and please keep us posted.

1morefor4 - 26 days ago
mzdallas-that would have pissed me off. I hope your little one stays put until Monday.

RowdyRandi - 26 days ago
So was having contractions all afternoon yesterday. Got home and they got closer about 5-7 mins apart but not painful in my opinion almost called dr but about 10 mins before it had been an hour of them being close together like that they finally went away. Phew! Didn't wanna have to wake my daughter to drive 1 1/2 hrs to hospital for nothing

mzdallas06 - 26 days ago
Venting: So last night,I started having contractions consistently for about 2.5 hours. they werent unbearable or too close together so I didn't panic. but then I thought about my cerclage (which is due to be removed Monday morning) and I got a little worried and called my doctor. The on call doc calls me back and tells me to head to the hospital immediately. make it there, and start feeling all kinds of rectal and pelvic pressure. The nurse checks me and says that the stitch is still in place and im not bleeding, but she feels the head, and its very very low. she calls the on-call doc and the doc tells her to put me on the monitor for 1 hour. after monitoring baby. The on- call doc who never even came to the hospital sends me home! Even the nurse that checked me was a little bit shocked. So, now im at home with unbelievable rectal pressure, contractions (far apart, but still coming) and diarrhea.....ALL THE SYMPTOMS OF LABOR IN MY 3 OTHER PREGNANCIES! The nurse actually said 'i doubt if you're going to make it to Monday to see your doctor. So, please come back, dont wait'..... SMH! So now im just praying my little guy stays put until my stitch removal monday... - 26 days ago
I want going to post anything but I feel like it might be useful to know that I had two unmedicated ten pounds births, then a medicated 8 pound birth. I was able to walk after all of them and pee when I wanted. I felt my legs after all of them. I only had to have one contraction though on my third for her to be born. Perhaps that is why. I didn't have the epidural for very long. I'm having my first boy in a few short weeks though and will be having an epidural again. After two ten pounders.. I have proved it to myself that I can handle it lol.

1morefor4 - 27 days ago
And Paula I agree there is something about the freedom to go pee afterwards as soon as I'm ready that I need. I still call for the nurse but it's not like I can't get up and walk.

1morefor4 - 27 days ago
This site has been very quiet to me this entire pregnancy. I see posts from the same people all the time. But I still try to post and update my blog.

RowdyRandi - 27 days ago
so i just peeked around in some other weeks and looks like no one else is on here but us in week 35-38

Paulasoon2b8 - 27 days ago
Exactly!! I watched another woman recovering next to me after my 2nd and she couldn't get up to peee on her own for a couple hours....I was like mmmhmmmm never!!

1morefor4 - 27 days ago
Paula--I feel the same way after un-medicated. I like being able to feel my legs.

1morefor4 - 27 days ago
All 3 of my births were un-medicated on purpose although I broke down in number 3 and said yes because the evil triage nurse asked me in the middle of an extremely painful contraction that occurred right after my water broke. But thankfully the anesthesiologist was at a C-section and 15 minutes after moving from triage to my room I went from 5cm to pushing so no time and nothing was set up. I'm planning to go natural again this time if there are no complications and hopefully no one asks as I've had it put in my chart not to offer pain meds but to let me request them if I decide I need them.

Paulasoon2b8 - 27 days ago
How's everyone doing?? Final stretch ladies!! All this talk of Epi's freaks me out 7babies and never tried any pain options...I figure the pain is gone so quickly after its well worth it bro be able to get up right after as internal yet for me...but in last 2 weeks I lost 3 lbs...babies heart rate went from 140 to 160...little bouts of loose bowel and visible stomach's all coming on its own nicely😊

Kekea - 28 days ago
Lol. TaraR I didnt mean to scare you. I was just one of the unlucky few. For some the epidural works wonders!!

mzdallas06 - 28 days ago
With my third baby I had an epidural that didn't take and I was induced, so the pitocin made the contractions feel like I was being sawed in half & set on fire LMAO! I actually broke my husbands finger :( at the time I didn't care about his finger but I felt bad later....much later... So I'm gonna do my best not do any meds this time, since I've experienced the pain & can mentally prepare. But labor is so damn unpredictable, you just never know!

TaraR - 28 days ago
Oh gosh Kekea!!! Definitely sounds horrible and scares me!!

Kekea - 28 days ago
No meds for me. Last pregnancy I got overwhelmed during delivery because I had no support system (my husband was on his way home from another state) so I got an epidural. It didn't take and hours after delivery I was left with a spinal headache. Three days after no relief I ended up having to have a blood patch to stop the headache. The thought of having another spinal headache and taking care of an infant is worse than the thought of managing labor med free.

TaraR - 28 days ago
I will be attempting this one unmedicated. So we'll see how that goes!!

1morefor4 - 28 days ago
I've had diarrhea off and on the last 2 weeks. Noticing small bits of mucus here and there becoming dislodged. Bright side my to do list is getting smaller. I really just need to set up the pack & play, sleeper, swing, and bouncer. I'll be 37 weeks on Monday and just need to make it to that following Saturday to reach my hair appointment goal. So as far as I'm concerned after the next 8 days go by she can come whenever she is ready. I told my hair stylist that I'll be content to get up from her chair and have my water break as long as my hair gets finished first lol. It's getting so close now that I am starting to dream about labor/delivery and envision her face. Is anyone planning on attempting/having an un-medicated birth?

TaraR - 28 days ago
No RowdyRandi...I haven't...I've been a bit clogged it seems. But extremely gassy! Woke up this morning and had tons of wasn't brown or pink tinged. It seemed a tad watery and stringy. And I'm having horrible period like cramps right now. I'm working and I just can't get comfy in this chair. I'm constantly moving! I'm hoping the day goes quickly!! :) I hope everyone is having a good day!

RowdyRandi - 29 days ago
So has anyone else experienced a little diarrhea yet? Sorry for the tmi

TaraR - 29 days ago
36 weeks tomorrow and I'm so drained!!! I keep thinking of all the stuff I need to get done but I'm so tired!! I've also been eating so so so much!! I can't stop!!! LOL

mzdallas06 - 29 days ago
RowdiRandi!! Yayyyyyyy!!!!!!!! How exciting!!!!!!!!!!! Go girl!!!

RowdyRandi - 29 days ago
mzdallas06 my energy has gone down now too and i have been hungrier. I went ahead and got cervical check today. No effacement but 1 cm dilated. Last week my cervix wasn't doing anything so woohoo. Better than nothing

mzdallas06 - 29 days ago
Group B test came back negative. Is anyone else feeling their energy level go down drastically? I am so very tired & sleepy ALL of the time now. I go in Monday to have my circlage removed, so I'm packing my bag now because from the moment the stitches are removed, the countdown begins! Also, is anyone else eating like crazy?? I've only gained 8lbs this pregnancy but this last few weeks I have been eating NON STOP!

1morefor4 - 30 days ago
I had my 36 week appointment today and did a blog update. I had the GBS swab done and am hoping for a negative result but after being positive with DS#2 I'm okay with it because I have a really good midwife practice and hospital.

1morefor4 - 30 days ago
I was lucky enough to plan hair appointments within 2-3 weeks before my due dates every time and to get a quick shower in because my water only ever broke at the hospital. My hair is chemically straightened so I can't go too long without having that done because of the thickness of my natural hair. I don't want to be all sweaty and bloated and then have unkempt hair in pictures too. I like to look like labor was a breeze when people come to visit. That's why I always take a shower, change into fresh pajamas, brush my teeth, and comb my hair before I let anyone come to visit us at the hospital after the baby is born. My hair appointments are my only vice and DH normally makes sure I don't miss any because it's the only time I do get to just feel like a woman, not a wife not a mother, just a woman.

Kekea - 30 days ago
Sorry about the positive but lucky there are measures to take to protect your baby... You better hit that shower before you go in( you ladies had great shower stories). I can't even remember if I showered before any of mine because I was so anxious.

RowdyRandi - 31 days ago
Welp just heard from drs office finally. My GBS is positive with this one too. It was positive with my first

RowdyRandi - 31 days ago
Haha mzdallas06! I can relate. With my first my husband was working on our bathroom so we had no working shower and my water broke at home so i couldn't rinse off, hair greasy, 70s bush, prickly legs lol. Because gbs was positive with that one couldn't even take shower at hospital til after at least one bout of antibiotics. It was aweful i felt and likely looked disgusting

mzdallas06 - 31 days ago
1morefor4: I PRAISE YOU for making your hair appointment a priority! We are all moms and put ourselves on the back burner too damn much! 3 years ago I gave birth to my son ( on Labor Day 36 weeks) and i had been sweating & barbecuing all day with the hubby in the backyard (hadn't humiliating) felt an immediate rectal sensation and new something wasn't right. Went to the hospital & realized that on top of looking like a sweaty pig, my nails & feet looked atrocious, my legs and lady parts looked like I was living in a jungle.... I mean- I was DISGUSTING! so I have some feminine pampering to do as well!!

Kekea - 31 days ago
Rowdyrandu ive had the rectal pressure. I had to sit on a pillow at work for comfort today.

RowdyRandi - 32 days ago
So is anyone else experiencing a lot of cervical pain and rectal pressure?

1morefor4 - 32 days ago
Kekea--my membrane sweep isn't until 38+2 on Sept. 23rd and I'm hoping to make it that far as long as I don't overdo it. So I'm trying to force myself to slow down a bit physically and emotionally.

Kekea - 32 days ago
Lol. Rowdyrandy I was just joking with my coworker that I shouldnt laugh to hard, cough, or sneeze or my baby girl may come out. Im feeling relatively well to be so far along. I was just iver being pregnant this time in my last pregnancies...

RowdyRandi - 32 days ago
Hello 9th month. Ugh hooray its almost over! This lil boys so low i feel like i have to hold my vagina so he doesn't fall out lol. Weighed myself this morning lost another pound. Now I'm only 3 lbs up from pre pregnancy weight.

Kekea - 32 days ago
1morefor4 when are you having your sweep? I just need to make it to my maternity leave September 18, 38.5. I had my last two boys exactly 6 days from this point which makes me nervouse. Lol. I totally get what you mean about your hair appointment!!

1morefor4 - 32 days ago
Only 1 week until full term. And then it's just a matter of time. I don't want her to come until after Sept. 19th (37w5d) because I have a hair appointment scheduled that day and DH promised to get me a pedicure that day also. I know it seems very silly to some but it means something to me have that last hair appointment before I have to deal with postpartum recovery. My true goal is to make it to 38 weeks on Sept. 21st then she can come whenever she's ready.

Kekea - 35 days ago
Thank you ladies... We are getting close!!!

PaulaSoon2b8 - 36 days ago
6.11...good sized baby already Kekea!! How exciting!!

RowdyRandi - 36 days ago
Hooray kekea! Glad to hear everythings going well

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