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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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Dec Baby - 6 days ago
Hello week 36! I can't believe that soon, God willing, I'll have my precious baby in my arms!! Eeek I'm so excited😊 I'm having heaps of braxton hicks contractions but other than that, no signs that baby will come early! I have my next OB app. on will be interesting to see how big this bubba is growing! Last week I was showing that baby was 1 week ahead of dates! Hope you girls are going well with these last weeks😉

blondiemom84 - 30 days ago
Hey thanks babylove5! I have tried that but to no avail:-( I went to the chiropractor yesterday and he said my pelvis is out of alignment thus making it unlikely that baby will turn. But he thinks a few adjustments will correct it and baby should flip himself... I hope he's right!!! Yay for only 3 weeks left ladies!!!!!

babylove5 - 31 days ago
Blondie I saw your post on baby being breech. They are going to Hv a hard time getting turned around but a ice pack near their head will give them motivation to move. You might want to lay on your side also to relax your tummy a bit while using the ice pack. They will start going wild and help push them w your hand. My friend did this at 35 weeks.

blondiemom84 - 35 days ago
I'm so miserable I can hardly stand to leave my comfy chair at home to go anywhere anymore!!! I honestly don't know how I will survive another 27 days!! Help! And to make things even worse, my son broke his arm 2 days ago so now I get to cater to him and and all my other children. Oh...I need Feb. 18th here NOW😤

blondiemom84 - 36 days ago
Hello week 36!! So I found out today that baby is still breech. Docs are gonna try and turn the lil fart over next week. My last was breech and was born via c-section and I refuse to go through that again.!! Do any of you have suggestions for getting babies to flip over?

lissie**** - 100 days ago
I am jealous! :) You've paid your dues though. My oldest is a girl. She just turned 7 so she wants to help but can't really do much. My next 3 are boys.

letroise11 - 101 days ago
Lissie I don't think anyone ever gets it when your so pregnant and it's actually hurts. Luckily I have all my older girls who will help make thanks giving dinner.

lissie**** - 101 days ago
//Letroise// I couldn't imagine working BLack Friday! Pregnant or not!!! I think I did work it when I was in school I worked at a jewelry store in the mall. But I can't remember much about it!

lissie**** - 101 days ago
I made my DH ask his brother and wife to make a turkey! They didn't respond for quite a while ha! But finally agreed. At least if I make one too (b/c so many people) it can be smaller and it will take less time. Just found out another family is coming. I've been stressing about it and DH called a maid service so I wouldn't be doing all the cleaning up before hand too. Like a deep clean for the kitchen/bathrooms this next week. I've never done that before kinda feels weird but whatever. //anxiousmama// I know I keep thinking what if this actually puts me into labor eeek! And they are going to have to figure something out if I do have baby beforehand. At least we have most of the food we need though. I've been stocking up slowly ha ha. //juliesmom// I'd play the pregnant card but honestly my in-laws couldn't give a crap about how someone else feels. They won't even watch our kids when I have the baby. I have to get some ladies from church to help b/c they just honestly are selfish. But I don't think they realize how they are. I just have learned you have to forgive them and try not to let them hurt your feelings (and hubby's). But we do get mad sometimes when it's really awful.

Juliemom24 - 103 days ago
Lissie, I would pull the 'I'm pregnant and tired card.' Seriously, that is a lot of preparation for someone who is having a baby the week after!

letroise11 - 103 days ago
Honestly I would just mainly cause none of us in my house care for turkey, we much prefer ham. Family really shouldn't be offended, my mother-in-law thinks her turkey is much better than mine anyhow. So if she wants turkey she makes the turkey. Well good luck with whatever happens I'm just thankful this year I don't have to work Black Friday or thanks giving.

anxiousmami - 104 days ago
@ Lissie*** Wow that is surprising but you never know that could all change very quickly and baby could be here quicker than you think. The one thing with all of this is you never really know. I went in the other night cause I was having very consistant uncomfy contractions. Apparently were BH. I was still dilated to a 2 and still very soft cervix but now at a -1 station. the ER nurse didn't say anything about thinning out though. I do not believe ive lost my mucus plug yet either so idk. I cant wait til apt on Monday to see any progress. I also have my babt shower today (Saturday) FUUUUN!!

lissie**** - 104 days ago
I wanted someone elso to do the turkey as we are doing tons of sides and the ham and have spent a lot of money already. My DH thinks they will be offended if we asked that. :(

letroise11 - 104 days ago
Lissie just keep it simple and ask for people to bring dishes that are more complicated so your not up at all hours of the night cooking. I told my husband the more guest the less left overs, he has not invited anyone lol. Also I always write out what I'm cooking including the pies, that way I'm aware ahead of time.

lissie**** - 105 days ago
Lol. It would be a shame to miss the dinner. Glad u are having energy. I'm nervous bc we are possibly having a lot of people over for thanksgiving. And I am not good at planning. And I'm so big and uncomfortable blah. And I'm not a very experienced chef.

letroise11 - 105 days ago
We had Ebola concerns close to use so I understand those fears. Hope your babies get better soon. Today I had the serge of energy hope it keeps going till baby comes. Doctor is going to pull me out of work the 24th, he said he would strip my membrains too. Last time it worked well, but husbands scared I won't make home in time for thanks giving or that is to cook thanks giving dinner.

lissie**** - 105 days ago
anxiousmomma// I thought I replied before to you about progress. On Tuesday my baby was still very high not down at all. But head down wahoooo. Also not very soft for a 5th pregnancy and not dilated at all. Dr was surprised actually. I wasn't. Last two were floating and not descended when I was checked into the hospital. and I was maybe a 1cm only half way through and closed on other side.

lissie**** - 105 days ago
I have been wanting to get more done but I've had kids with fevers for like 3+ weeks now. And some of the fevers have been 106-107.2 etc. Like freakishly high and dangerous. So, I've been hovering and having to watch closely to make sure it doesn't get that high again. Which it did go up to 106 again one time. We aer going on day 5 tomorrow with my five year old. Poor little guy. My 3 year old is better though.

lissie**** - 105 days ago
I know you are right about throwing it all away. I will have to see if I can save photos. They were back from 1995-2007ish so I don't have digital copies :*( But it makes me feel like crying seeing all the books that have so many memories :( But it's not like I'd want to touch them or especially the kids!! Hello, hanta virus is common in NM!!! and the mouse we killed was the kind that carried it! its 15% chance I read. I'm just really really grossed out and upset about it. I HATE MICE!!! Seriously it's b/c this house wasn't lived in for over a year before we purchased it. SO it a few mice but very few. I just so upset they were in my things!Okay, enough about nasty mice.

Juliemom24 - 105 days ago
I'm still not prepared either. I did buy some pacifiers and I have my baby shower on Saturday. I need to finish my baby quilt I'm making. It's just when my toddler goes down for a nap I want to nap too. I also need to grab the bassinet from my in-law's house.

letroise11 - 107 days ago
Wow anxiousmami your ready to go! Lissie I would see about the pics but other than that no way. I finally washed all the baby clothes I have but still no sheets for the bassinet, I know I'm pushing it. I'm probably looking at 2 and 1/2 weeks left but I think I'm in denial.

anxiousmami - 107 days ago
As of my 36wk checkup yesterday I am 2cm dilated 30-40% effaced and cervix is soft and head is at a -3 any updates on any other mamas ?

lissie**** - 108 days ago
I'm 36w2d now. My DH had several days off and we were able to go through boxes and throw away or transfer to bins and make shelves in the garage to store them. We still have a way to go as far as cleaning and spraying for bugs etc. Also, we found mouse droppings/pee in two boxes and one corner of the garage. EEEWWWWWW. I know the house had a few when we purchased it b/c when we first moved in we killed them. But IDK how old this is. I'm completely grossed out. So we have a black widow infestation and possibly a few mice. Luckily it seems confined to the garage area (and bw in backyard tho)Guess that is what we get for putting tons of boxes in and leaving them stacked everywhere for two years! But I'm horrified. And all of my first two kiddos books that I read over and over are ruined along with special photos from the past. I'm sad about that and don't know if I can/should try to save any of it.

jojo - 134 days ago
Twinny so good to hear from you hun.. amazing news that Kacy is doing so well.. I feel more relaxed in myself today that she is finally head down and good to go. Started my raspberry leaf capsules and tea this morning. . Exciting time :) :) x

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 134 days ago
Hello my lovely girls! Am so sorry I havent been getting on to keep up with ur progress, things have been very busy here as u can imagine, 4 kids is a handful! Jojo thats fab news ur little missy has finally seen the light so to speak...haha I am so jealous u will get to have a natural delivery fingers crossed alls being well. I wish i cud have delivered naturally, am not a fan of the after effects of thia section. Like everything tho I suppose time is a healer. Bonita, u r having a pudding!! Haha...I cant wait to hear his weight...8lb 2 possibly another pound...OMG!! U will be a super mum getting your little chunk out although I have heard.sometimes bigger babies r easier to u said as long as u girls and your babas r safe and well afterwards it doesnt matter how they get here. As for my little missy, she was 3wks on wednesday and she got weighed and is back to her birth weight of 5lb 12oz :o) She is still being monitored by the neo nurses but they were pleased with her progress so am hoping they will discharge her very soon and I can stop feeling so paranoid! I will try and keep popping on girls I dont want to miss the end of the journeys after everything we have been thru together!! Xx

jojo - 135 days ago
Hey bonita.. glad your appointment went well. . So glad your sticking to what you and hubby feel is best.. he sounds average weight to me atm and you haven't got long left at all.. I'm doing good thanks hun.. feeling more myself so iron levels must be on the rise.. they didn't take blood at my midwife appointment today they are waiting until my nxt appointment in 2wks. Good news tho baby is finally head down!! So relieved although they didsay shshe's still not dropped so can still move about so just hoping she stays put haha xx I'm in week 37 tomorrow.. can't believe we're all classed as full term now so exciting. Hope matoks is also doing well

bonitadiane - 135 days ago
Went to OB yesterday. Results from Fridays ultrasound put him at 8lbs2oz give or take pound. We spoke of induction. But, I'm not sure I'm too thrilled about that. I'm big on letting nature do it's thing. We decided to allow for nature to do its thing and if csection is how we end up... So be it, healthy baby and mommy is ultimately most important. He checked me yesterday and nothing. I was still high and closed. :( I was hoping for some progress as I've been cramping. Oh well. Hopefully it's not much longer. I'm in week 38. How you holding up JoJo ?

jojo - 138 days ago
She's definitely a little mover bonita haha I'm not going to stress over it I'll see where she is Wed and what midwife says.. good luck Tues hun keep us posted. Maybe they'll start you early :) :) my official last day in work is 24th and it can't come quick enough now!!

bonitadiane - 139 days ago
Awwee JoJo this princess of yours seems like she's a little mover. Let's pray she wiggles and moves back to head down. (Fingers crossed) I had the growth scan yesterday but tech didn't say anything. I'll need to wait for Tuesday my next OB app. Blahhhh. However, the techs reaction was pretty much letting me know he's huge. She kept asking due dates and how big my other 2 children were. She did show me his big feet and hands. He was head down. She did day he's going to be very long. I'm really thinking he's going to take after my first daughter. She was 8lbs12oz and 21 inches at birth. I'm a little anxious to see what his estimate weight is now. Hope you have a great weekend. I'll keep you posted as you please do the same.:)

jojo - 140 days ago
Hey bonita.. glad the cramping has eased a little. Do you know when your next growth scan is hun? I'm sure it'll be fine and if he is getting a little big they'll bring him early for you :) :) think I spoke too soon in my last post as this little girl has moved and since yesterday definitely feels more sideways than head down. . All the pressure I was feeling has gone. I'm a bit gutted but got midwife Wed so will see what she says.. have a good day ladies :)

bonitadiane - 142 days ago
Good morning JoJo. I had OB app. Yesterday. I didn't get checked. He said he starts checking next week at 38 weeks. Which I guess is ok. I'm pretty sure this little guy is ready. I feel lots of pressure in my pelvic area and at times it becomes uncomfortable to walk. I need another fetal growth scan to see where we stand on size. I'm a little nervous for this. I'm hoping and praying your princess is head down. By the sounds of it ...she is. :) My cramping has come to an ease and I'm ok with it. At times it was uncomfortable and hurt. I just pray next time I get them cramps it's the real deal.

jojo - 143 days ago
Twinny good to see you back.. so lovely to hear how well baby Kacy is doing. I'm sure she'll gain loads from now on. Starting to get really excited now. I think, well am hoping, but baby feels like she may be properly head down and has been for the past 2 days as I feel alot of pressure at the bottom of my belly in my pelvis area.. and when I go over bumps in the road when driving I can feel her bump against my pubic bone.. just hoping it's a head not a bum :) not got midwife until 15th so hoping she stays there lol bonita has your lil man started to engage hun yet do you know? xx

bonitadiane - 143 days ago
Awweee yeaaah Twinny I was sooo happy to hear from you. I'm happy your all home and baby Kacy is doing great. I thought her weight was ok. Of course a little peanut but I remember all the weight issues you had during pregnancy. But, I'd say she was born at great weight. Even for being early. Oh, you must be over the moon. I'm getting very anxious!!!! I'm getting lots of cramping and crazy movements. I'm really trying to enjoy the remaining of this as this may just be my last. :'(. I think feedings of every 3 hours is great! Are you nursing. With both girls it was feedings every 2 hours. It's exhausting. I'm just glad it's a phase. Rest up when you can Twinny. Give baby big cuddles from me. So happy she's here and both are great.

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 143 days ago
Hi girls!!!! Oh my....lots of baby cramping and movement goin on for u girls i'm keeping everthing crossed that everything progressess as it shud for u all! Cant wait to start hearing some baby bews from u ladies :o) As for me no-one was more suprised than me that baba came early, we spent 12 nites in hoapital and got discharged yesterday. Kacy is doin really well - she is still in the after care of the neonatal unit so we had a home visit today to check on her. They coming out again on wednesday & thursday....out of ozzy and still dont get left alone but i supose coz she was so small. She was 5lb8 born - I got her weight wrong when I had her for some reason thought she was 5lb12. She dropped to 4lb9 but rose to 4lb11 for discharge so she will b weighed again on thursday - she is a little muncher now so fingers crossed she keeps goun in the right direction. We r on 3hrly feeds atm so I am pretty knackered but wnjoying her being here all the same. Ave just done a feed and will b ready again in 2hrs so best get some sleep. Will keep u girls posted as I await all ur lovely news :o) Big hugs xxx

bonitadiane - 143 days ago
I'm feeling good JoJo. I did indeed get lots done on Saturday after Fridays I've still been cramping but nothing consistent. I'm thinking the body is preparing. I hear you on getting comfy. I too feel huge. This belly can't get any Tomorrow I see OB and I think he checks me. I'm soooo curious to see if anything has happened. I can't believe I have 3 weeks give or take left. Wow!!! Wonder how Twinny is doing? Are you on maternity leave yet?

jojo - 143 days ago
How you doing bonita?? Did you get things ready after just incase? Doing good here.. could not get comfy in bed last night I felt huge lol she's been very active today so have been loving all the movements :) :) xx

bonitadiane - 146 days ago
Morning ladies... Still feel a little off this morning. Some cramping. I truly think he's on his way. After I put my youngest done this morning ...I'll be sure to get things ready. Just in case. I washed car seat last so, it will appear I have a busy day ahead of me.;) Sorry to hear your tired all the time JoJo . That's such a tough feeling to shake. Also praying that sweat pea of your flips. Hope you have a great weekend!!! It's cloudy and yucky here. Kind of depressing. Tomorrow we are headed to pumpkin patch with kiddos. Trying to get a little fun in before baby arrives. But, we'll see how I feel.

jojo - 146 days ago
That would have been very exciting bonita.. I can see me being the last one left haha got an iron and platelet count issue atm hun so feeling absolutely exhausted at times but apart from that doing pretty good.. baby has until my nxt appointment on 15th to be head down or they will refer me to our main hospital so staying positive she behaves lol keep us posted bonita if your lil man makes an early appearance xx

bonitadiane - 146 days ago
Oh, awesome JoJo. Thank you. I've been thinking about her and baby. I've been having lots of cramping this evening. At one point I told hubby ... Oh, oh...this could be it. But, I'm in a warm bath and they seemed to pull away. Still have lots of tightening. I'm thinking body is getting ready. Maybe he'll come sooner than expected. How you been feeling JoJo ??

jojo - 146 days ago
Twinny and baby Kacy are doing really well guys and taking each day as it comes xx

matoks - 147 days ago
tnx hon,av read it in her blog,its so surprising happy for her though she is nt going through pregnancy stress again.hoping to be d next mumm ahahaha,guess the groan is bec d time is near,all will be well hon,i wish us save delivery am counting days already#biggrin#

bonitadiane - 148 days ago
Hi Matoks!!! Twinny had her baby girl. I've been waiting to hear more from her but I'm sure she's keeping busy these days. I've been feeling great. Just feeling heavy in groan area. I can't believe how close we are now. Hope you feel better. Try not to stress or worry. You have amazing and beautiful days ahead!!!!

matoks - 148 days ago
hello bonita quite sm are u and baba?has twinny put to bed?ive nt been myself as husby fell ill and was admited for like one week,the stress was a bit much for much but thank GOD hes fine nw.baba is doing gr8 also.

bonitadiane - 149 days ago
36 weeks. Eeeekkkkkk. Almost there!!

glowingwith2 - 150 days ago
Good Luck LJ06, Keep us posted on your delivery status!!!

LJ06 - 152 days ago
Baby has been diagnosed with growth restriction and oligohydraminos (low fluid) I am going in Monday morning to be induced. I am already 1cm or more dilated and 50% or more thinned and he is sitting VERY low, lower than +2, so they just plan to break my water. I hope it goes for me like it did for you, mummatobe!! Thank you for your feedback, ladies :)

glowingwith2 - 153 days ago
LJ, I was induced with my first. I had a pitocin drip at 36+3 because the gel and strip didn't work for me. I hear being induced is more painful, but either way I would get an epidural again. If you feel you want to keep the baby in, try drinking lots of water. My fluid levels went up a lot between the two appointments. Keep us posted!! I will be thinking of you.

mummatobe - 154 days ago
LJ06 I was induced at 38 weeks with my first due to Cholestasis. It all went really quickly andcwas over 3 1/2 hours after they broke my waters. I didn't even need the pitocin drip, just the gel to help me dilate enough to break my waters. It didnt feel like an induction to me, and though I felt guily for bringing him out early, if its the safest thing to do you have to trust the doctors! Good luck!

LJ06 - 154 days ago
Has anyone had experience with being induced early? They want to induce me on Monday due to baby being less than 5% for size and amniotic fluid levels being borderline. I would be 37 weeks.

glowingwith2 - 154 days ago
LJ, My fluid levels went up from 36w to 37w, but was still showing I was measuring a week behind. I woke up in the middle of the night with this incredible feeling that the baby's head was wedge between my legs. This morning, I still feel that way! I hope this means he is starting to plan his exit! I was reading you don't really 'drop' with your second baby, so I dont know why I would feel this way all of the sudden.

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