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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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jojo - 6 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 - 6 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 10 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 - 11 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 - 12 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 - 14 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 16 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 19 days ago
Twinny and baby Kacy are doing really well guys and taking each day as it comes xx

matoks - 20 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 - 20 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 - 20 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 - 21 days ago
36 weeks. Eeeekkkkkk. Almost there!!

glowingwith2 - 23 days ago
Good Luck LJ06, Keep us posted on your delivery status!!!

LJ06 - 24 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 - 25 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 - 26 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 - 26 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 - 26 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.

LJ06 - 26 days ago
glowing were you measuring behind because of fluid levels? I have had three ultrasounds so far to check and it's been normal but I have another one tomorrow. Just drinking more water got your levels up? This is my fourth baby and I never measured behind with the others...

snooks - 26 days ago
I can barely stay awake today. :( Well...if my water breaks at 38w4d like both my other two, I only have 14 days left! I sure hope this one is in that week.

blondeabby - 26 days ago
No plug yet...lots of discharge though:( yuck I am measuring 44 now. I am 36 weeks 4 days. I have been having lots of contractions but nothing regular:(

glowingwith2 - 26 days ago
Thank you ladies! LJ, I am also measuring week behind. Okynot, my doctor acted like he would induce me if I wanted... its a tough decision. As much as I want to go natural, it would be nice to plan an induction. I was induced last time and it was over fast. -- Has anyone started losing their plug yet? I've been losing mine in little pieces, but nothing big yet. I think because I'm not dilated. IDK though.

LJ06 - 27 days ago
Hi everyone! I have been following along but haven't commented for awhile :) So glad your fluid levels went up, glowing! My little guy is sitting very low and has been measuring behind since 30 weeks, three ultrasounds later just seem to show he's small but normal. He was at +2 lat week and is now 1/4 inch past that...I have labors that are 2 hours or less so here's hoping I make it to the hospital on time!!

okynot - 27 days ago
I have not logged on here in a long time but I thought I would check on you girls. I have an induction scheduled for October 15th. Everything is looking good so far but I would really like to go into labor on my own this time. I have had NINE inductions and I am 99% sure this is my last baby so I would like to experience it on my own. I am high risk though so it comes to a point when the doctor feels like she is safer out than in I will do what I need to do to keep her safe! I am glad to see things are going well for you girls!

afshanm07 - 27 days ago
Week 36 packed up things gained up to 190 lbs omg. Good news feom glowingwith2. Stay put girl. Good tired my self from peeing alot. The only thing worrying me is that the 2 fibriods that were inside of the utarus.

blondeabby - 27 days ago
Glowing-so glad he is staying put. That is amazing about your water!

glowingwith2 - 28 days ago
Well everything went great! Chugging all of the water I could helped dramatically. I went from 6cm of fluid to 9cm. Movements are looking great. My cervix is still soft and 20% effaced.... but still not dilated at all. I love my new doctor! I'm so happy I switched. He actually asks me lots of questions and is very attentive. My other doctor would breeze in and out so quickly, talking fast and I would miss half the stuff he would say. I go back in another week for Ultrasound, NST, and doctor visit.

blondeabby - 29 days ago
Good luck tomorrow Glowing:) I think I am feeling terrible for the both of us:( And Hubby keeps talking about having one more! Ugggg:(

glowingwith2 - 29 days ago
Well tomorrow is my last day in 36 weeks. I am almost considered full term, and I'm also the most pregnant I have ever been. Still feeling pretty good for the most part, I'm just not sleeping much these days. I wake up some time between 12am and 2am, then have trouble going back to sleep. I usually lay there awake for an hour or two.... it's awful! I go back tomorrow for another Ultrasound, NST, and Doctor visit to see if my fluid levels have continued to decline. Secretly hoping they have so I can meet this little guy already! I would be ok if not. I'm not feeling too terribly uncomfortable yet...

morenazaChihuahuense - 37 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 - 40 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 - 41 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 - 43 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 - 43 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 - 44 days ago
Mom and leanbean- thank you both for the info. It makes me feel better.

MOMIIB - 45 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 - 48 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 - 48 days ago
Mom-congrats on your new home!! And maternity leave! My last day of work is 9/12

LoriandRichie - 48 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 - 49 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 - 49 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...

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