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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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mummytoharrison - 40 minutes ago
Oh, and I feel like I've been smashed in the pubic bone with a baseball bat. I've had to close my business down as I can't stand for long periods of time now. Will probably reopen around July (seeing as that's the start of the new Tax Year in Australia).

mummytoharrison - 42 minutes ago
4girls - that's excellent news that they think you haven't got long to go. SamanthaDawn - that sucks that she hasn't invited your mum and that you still don't know when it is. I'd be getting super antsy by now too.

bkle - 5.6 hours ago
4girls that's great! Getting closer is exciting

4girls want a boy - 6.9 hours ago
So I went for my NST test today and the lady asked my if my babies come early , and if im feeling lots of presure because my baby is way down low. For me that is music to my ears..I am ready

onj - 9.2 hours ago
Samantha- I don't think you sound like a brat at all- it's nice for someone to throw you a shower, but it's not fair to tell you not to buy stuff when you don't know when the shower is actually happening. That would stress me out lol. BUT...If you DO buy stuff at Wal-Mart, they will always take it back if you get doubles. Even if you don't have the receipt, you can exchange stuff for a gift card. And with babies, a Wal-Mart gift card for diapers, wipes, creams, etc is awesome :) Just a thought! For Easter, we dyed eggs last weekend. We bought a bunch of those plastic eggs and chocolate- will hide them through the house because it's still a bit chilly outside... and my kids wake up too early for that lol. Then we bought them some toys- bubbles, skipping ropes, frisbees, etc. At 5 and 2, they are still pretty easy to please. And we are going to my mom's for turkey dinner (we usually go to her house for dinner on Sundays anyway). We are going to try to see my MIL too, but she's a bit mad that she didn't get Sunday (even though my mom asked to have Sunday a month ago, and my MIL only asked us on Wednesday) so I dunno what will happen there.

SamanthaDawn - 14.3 hours ago
Bkle- Today (good friday) I just made colored devilled eggs with the kids, they LOVED them!! (they usually will NOT eat devilled eggs but they ate them right up! Soon going to paint some hollowed out egg shells. Then tomorrow they are going to MIL's house so I can set up a 12 foot trampoline secretly. Then when I bring them home, it will be hiding behind the house. On easter morning their baskets are only going to have a chocolate bunny in them, so they can use their empty baskets to fill up during an egg hunt. We filled tons of those plastic eggs, and will have them inside, and some outside leading out to the surprise trampoline! (we were going to get them a trampoline anyways so I figured it would make a nice easter surprise. :) I can't wait!!!!! then DH has to work at 3 in the afternoon until 10 at night so I will be making a big ham dinner just for me and the kids.

elisiaxx - 14.5 hours ago
Bkle.... my midwife said she can't tell me for definite how much he weighs/will weigh at birth but estimated I will have an 8lber because he feels a good size now, he could be smaller or he could be bigger not long to find out. I am measuring 2 weeks under though but I am guessing that's because he is nesting his way down now :)

4girls want a boy - 14.6 hours ago
Bkle for Easter we go to church at 7:00 , my husband with the men ministry make breakfast as a fundraiser , then they have a egg hunt for all the kids , then we will see a play that my husband and most my kids are in .. Then we will come home and have a nice dinner and give our kids the easter baskets we made them. I'm excited !

4girls want a boy - 14.7 hours ago
I have another NST test today/ ultra sound. I don't feel like nesting ether. I'm just tired too. It is in the 90's here and I know the heat is bringing me down. Maybe next week :) Samantha maybe you should just tell your mother in law that You don't want a surprize , you want details about your shower . You are so close to birth and you need every thing ready now.

bkle - 15 hours ago
Im not sure I want to nest anymore, these days im so tiered all I want to do is sleep. It could be the weather. Im happy I got almost everything done months ago. My bags are packed other then an outfit for me or two as im still using what I want to bring so ill pack that right before I go in. I got my breast pump and accessories all ready and sterilized. I think my hubby is nesting more then I am right now. He already bought a baby gate and installed it. I asked him why he was installing it this early and he said he wanted to be prepared. We had to buy an extra large one and it was almost 70.00 for it but it is really nice. Hubby said he's going to install baby car seat this weekend, and again all I want to do is sleep haha. lazy me! What's everyones plans for Easter (if you celebrate it)? We are just going to have the baskets for the girls and do a little egg hunt in our yard.

bkle - 15.3 hours ago
Samantha- sounds like a nesting mama :-) Have you talked with your mil about getting it back and when she plans on having the baby shower for you? Id throw her hints like, 'wow I cant believe im 36 weeks already and going to be having baby soon.' haha

SamanthaDawn - 15.4 hours ago
I want to get on my sisters case about it but I can't because she dosen't even know I know about it! lol Nobody knows I know except MIL and DH. she said I HAVE to act like I don't know! And thankfully I do have everything I NEED for baby, I'd just like to get some cute stuff I don't need (like extra baby clothes and soft balnkets) and Wal-mart is the only place around here to buy that, so I know that is exactly where people will probobly get the gifts from. The only thing I NEED is diapers, but MIL said she has a lot of diapers for baby and NOT to buy ANY... It just dosen't feel right not having them here and ready. and I reeeally want the rocking chair back!

bkle - 15.5 hours ago
Samantha- Your already 36 weeks and I don't blame you for wanting to have your baby stuff in line before you give birth. I'm the type of person that even if I knew about a baby shower i'd buy the stuff I want anyway and be even more prepared and just have extra stuff if people bought the same items I bought. Not being able to have your family there is a big deal, I would certainly get on your sisters case a little and let her know how you feel about it. Your mil not inviting your mother seems kind of selfish, I mean who's day is it suppose to be, yours or hers? Just a thought of how I would feel. I held my own baby shower and didn't invite my ex's mom (who acts more like a mom to me then my own mom did) just because my mom said for me not to. I regret that for sure and when my ex's mom found out I could tell she was hurt for not being invited. As much as I say its nice not to have a baby shower this time because last time it was so much work; it still makes me a bit jealous when I hear about other family's doing that for them. Putting a shower on almost by myself sucked and wasn't as special as it would be for someone else to take the time and put one on because they care. I only had one with all my kids and was forced into doing just about everything for it, a lot of stress for a pregnant person. ON an end note: Its fun to buy baby stuff, so get what you want because you wont want to have baby next week and be unprepared. Having double of a few things really can come in handy :-) hope they have that shower for you soon.

SamanthaDawn - 16.2 hours ago
Ok sorry everyone, I might have sounded like a brat. I seariously AM very happy about it. But I can never vent or complain in real life because I don't want to seem ungrateful. Sometimkes writng on here to you guys is like writing in a diary and I could say anything because nobody in my real life is going to read it. We can say anything and complain about anything because we're all pregnant here and will understand.

SamanthaDawn - 16.3 hours ago
Also, I still didn't have my 'surprise' baby shower. I was told that I am not allowed to buy ANY baby diapers, or any more baby things.. Mother in law has my rocking chair because she's getting cushons made for it, but time is running out and I just want to be ready for the baby and have the room ready waiting for the day. I'm 36 weeks 1 day and I didn't realise how soon the baby could be here. This whole time I was focusing on the due date it never occured to me until yesterday that the baby could always come much sooner if I were to go into labor. Another thing that sucks about it is hubby is giving me information about what is going on with the planning for it, and my mother hasn't and will not be invited. (MIL who is planning it dosent really like her) and I think its also because she wants to feel like my mother for a day, she has never had a daughter and if my moms there maybe I wont be as close with her? I don't know.. and So far (including me and my kids) there is only 15 people going. So pretty much just me my sisters and out kids amkes 10 so not many people have been invited. (MIL asked my sister to invite people from my side, but she is the type of person who never calls family! avoids picking up the phone if my grandmother is trying to reach her etc.. she's weird like that. I want my grandmother to be there so bad, shes lonley, just lost her husband and is ALWAYS asking to see my sis that avoids her for no reason. it's a sin. I want to invite people from my side so bad but I can't because I'm not supposed to know about it! ...Not because I want a lot of gifts, but because shes renting a hall and I think it would feel weird with only 15 people there, and my family dosent get together very often and there isn't many people to invite on DH side. I feel like a brat complaining about my baby shower, I'm lucky someones throwing me one, but she shouldnt have told me about it and told me not to buy anything else and then wait forever, and not ask me who I would like to be there. It sucks when i'm in wal mart and go look at the sweet newborn baby clothes and then I have to be like (oh ya.... I'm not allowed to buy baby stuff incase someone gets my this for my shower)

SamanthaDawn - 16.5 hours ago
I asked the Doctor at my OBS appointment yesterday if he would guess how big he thought the baby might be. After the Dr. did the belly measurement, and felt around for baby he said baby might not be quite as big as Alexis (10 lb baby) But will be bigger than Adrian was (7lbs 4 oz) he said he's guessing around 8.5 to 9 lbs if I made it to the c-section date. (since he was trying to guess the baby size, it was differnt than just the usual measuring tape measuring my uterus, he was gently pressing all over my belly going, 'head is here, and along here is the back. There is baby's bum/legs' it was cool that he could tell exactly where and how baby was. (he might be off on the weight but it's still fun to hear a guess) :) They said if I were to go into labor now, baby would be safe to be born at bridgewater hospital and they would do the c-section right away and not try to stop my labor! So WOW made me realise I gotta wash all my baby's clothes and bedding tonight, and finish packing the hospital bag just incase!!!

bkle - 17.4 hours ago
elis-- how does the midwife know how big your baby is estimating? My dr nurse practitioner just tells me baby is still head down and measuring on the right week. I have an ultrasound next week to see how big he is.

elisiaxx - 2 days ago
Thanks ladies, I will definitely be giving it a go again this time, just need to see how I get on :) I had midwife Today and he is head down a 4/5 engaged now! She said baby is a reasonable size already and estimated I will be having a 8lb baby by due date :) so excited

4girls want a boy - 2 days ago
Just got home from my NST test baby looked good , she was very sleepy , and didn't move enough so I have to go back on Friday, and twice a week till she is born

mummytoharrison - 2 days ago
Good morning, Ladies :) elisiaxx - I've never leaked during pregnancy either. Had my 36 week midwife appt yesterday. She is head down at 4/5 station. HR good, bp good (usually low), and I had my GBS test too. Collected our lay by anf spent all afternoon building the pram, the change table and fitting her car seat. It was a gooooood day!

4girls want a boy - 2 days ago
Also Im not sure how many people still post on the b/f'ing page on here , but I got a lot of support from the mamas on here a few years ago. These ladies new there stuff :)

4girls want a boy - 2 days ago
Elisia fill free to get any support , info you need from me .. It helps when you know someone who has b/f who you can ask questions to..It's just something that you have to keep doing and doing till they take it. It hurts tun at first to , but you have to do it through the pain as well , pluse the pain go's away.

elisiaxx - 3 days ago
4 girls, that makes me feel a lot better, I tried it with my dd but didn't get any help or support from midwifes ect and I struggled to latch her on, this time I want to give it another go just worried im not producing as I didn't bf my daughter for long :( I am sure it will all work out for me, I can't wait to have that first cuddle now x

4girls want a boy - 3 days ago
Good luck with your appointment Sandra . I hope they give you a date and a plan!

4girls want a boy - 3 days ago
Elisia I'm not leaking and never did wile pregnant. I b/f my last two babies for a good time. One I did for 2 years , and one for 6 months.. My milk did not come in till two days after I gave birth. All you do is pump and pump after baby is born that helps your milk come in. Also I would nurse my baby for 5 min on each boob then I would give her some formula just untill my milk came in..Don't worry you can do it. It is the best thing for your baby , I am 100% sure of that ... I am going to b/f my baby I hope for a year .

elisiaxx - 3 days ago
I have midwife tomorrow to sort out my birth plan. Also I find out if he is still head down then it's all steam ahead for another natural birth :) last night I thought I was starting early labour but luckily enough it eased off after a birth! I only have 27 days until the big due date im ever so excited now, especially now my hospital bag is packed and his clothes are all washed ready and waiting for him :) sooo I have a question I wanted to try and bf again and stick to it but I have an issue, im not leaking yet from the boobs, I swear I was already leaking at this stage with my dd anyone else not leaking yet? - 3 days ago
4 girls my next appointment is Tuesday with my doctor. I wanted to do a vbac however my doctor had originally told me that if this baby is any bigger than my firat daughter we would do csection as my first daughter got stuck in the birth canal and her head began to swell causing us to do an emergency csection. Well my first daughter was born at 7lb3oz and this baby is already measuring 7lb1oz and they are estimating a 9lb baby at birth. So going by what he originally told me I have to have a rcs however he leaves the office next friday still with no plan in place. I have never met this other doctoe she has never met me amd I am left not knowing what is in store for me and my baby.

4girls want a boy - 4 days ago
Hi Sandra when is your next appointment ? Thats crazy ! Do you want a repeat csection ? Yes they should be letting you know by now. - 4 days ago
So fruatrated!!!!!! I am almost 37 weeks and I still do not know if I will be a repeat csection or if I am being left to go into labor on my own. Then today I heard from someone in the office that my dr is going on vacation and his l ast day in the office is the 25th. I asked him about it and his response was, yep. I asked what tjat kent for me he said one of the other doctors from the office will d3liver me. This really pisses me off as I know nothing about this dr and she knows nothing about me and my history. I am so mad that I was not advised about this a long time ago so I would have had the option to look into other drs and pick the one that Iwas most comfortable with.

sherell - 18 days ago
omg 16 days left until scheduled induction. docter decided to induce at 39 weeks so lo will be here a week early. sooo anxious now.

daffymtz22 - 52 days ago
Woohoo 36 weeks!!

emily82 - 53 days ago
Congrats Snooks! Very exciting news :) I can't believe I'm 4 weeks away....countdown is on!!

tazzysmumma - 55 days ago
exactly 1 month until my boy is due. im soo impatient i could pop!!

tazzysmumma - 55 days ago
congratulations snooks im made up for you :)

snooks - 57 days ago
Hi ladies. Congratulations to you all on your up-coming little ones. I have been absent from this board since week18 when I miscarried. Wonderful news this week, though. We are pregnant again. I pass our shared due date, though one little spark will not be with us, a new one is on the way. What an amazing process...becoming a Mother.

dasha - 70 days ago
I have to say, I'm right on the boat with the intense lower 'right above my hoo hoo' pains. I swear, I don't remember Noah moving around like this, both this strongly and this often. I joked to my husband that maybe its just because I gained 20 pounds less this time, so can actually feel it! Seriously, tho, its NOT comfortable in the slightest, and sometimes makes me say ouch out loud, and start breathing oddly enough to make my husband ask if I'm ok.. Re: labour, am trying not to think about it. All I can figure is that it can't be as bad as last time, and I'm not averse to epidurals and pain relief, so why try to be a hero? If it hurts enough to make me say 'F this', I'll ask for help. (but yes, am petrified. totally horribly petrified. but don't tell anybody. )

lalapet - 71 days ago
Tmi but I have had loose bowels all week not diarrhea but it's like I'm taking stool softener (which lm not!) Also lo sometimes starts moving so much and pressing down so hard I'm almost in tears ! Was making soup today and I thought she would break her water lol from all the pressing. down ugh. Thays why this labor has been so confusing f

HMS - 71 days ago
Hi every1. Looks like we all fl d same hehehe!! let d count down begin i jus want baby 2 cum nw already, Yesterday me n hubby wre di=oing shoppin n i started 2 get ds realy sore pin pointy pains had 2 sit down but didnt help much dan neva slept last night as d pain kept comin back. thwght d baby was gna cum hehehe! nw d pain stil cums n go n baby is stil playing so i dnt knw shud i worry or isit jus normal!! Any of u have d same pains???

AussieDanni - 71 days ago
Hey ladies! I'm super nervous about delivery. My last bub passed away after he was born, so until this baby is in my arms screaming I will be a bit anxious! Also, she is already near on 9lbs, so I'm nervous how big she may get! But, have booked a csection, so if I don't go into labour naturally I have a backup plan ready,! Dasha how was your internal?? I've had some mild contractions, but they didn't check my cervix or anything at my appointment! I would love to go into labour next week! Today was my last day at work! So excited, makes it all seem more real! Hope you all have a lovely weekend xx

lalapet - 72 days ago
after having two kids.. this potential labor is making me feel anxious. Everytime I think I am close to going into labor I get all queezy and sick feeling and shaky, wow, I'm totally chickening out this 3rd time around, its really disrupting my sleep, this is ridiculous! I had both my sons with out epidural and it was hard but manageable but now when I think about it I just feel panicky, so bizarre, maybe cuz it's a girl I am having totally different feelings lol

dasha - 73 days ago
Well HELLOOO week 36! Almost done! Have my first internal exam today since week 14! Can't wait to see how things are moving along! Have a lovely day!

lalapet - 74 days ago
36 weeks woohoo! hopefully one more week and I will be officially ready to let this one come lol, I feel like 36 weeks still to early to be completely safe, (brain development, jaundice etc) but at 37 weeks I'll be pleading for her to come out haha, hospital bag almost packed, nursery almost done, jsut counting down the days. O and I ordered my free breast pump through insurance and registered a labor room with my hospital woohoo lol

babybaby21986 - 91 days ago
Hopeful- thinking of you :) when your bed rest will finished? As baby2comin said, come to join us over at 37-38 weeks :) it is nice to have more people to talk to :)

Baby2comin - 91 days ago
Hopeful, That's kinda funny with your son. ;) I don't know what thats about but funny. :D I stopped nursing around 3 months pregnant this round. My daughter is interested in my nipples (bath/shower) but mostly just because they are 'new' She calls them moles though. :) She makes me smile! I can't imagine being on that kind of bed rest with a 2yr old. That must be very challenging. Do you have help? I think most of us are talking in week 37 and soon 38 so please feel free to join us in there.

hopeful28 - 92 days ago
Hey ladies I just wanted to let you know I am still hanging in there I am still on bed rest I can only be on my feet for 5 minutes at a time but anyways when I went to the doctor Monday they said baby weights a even 5 pounds witch is good since I am not gaining weight for some odd reason I been stuck at 136 since week 32 but anyways I have son that turn 2 in October and since yesterday he keeps sniffing my breast and grabbing at them lol could he be smelling my breast milk already because I stop nursing him awhile back so this is new to us

babybaby21986 - 93 days ago
Kitty79- it definitely look like true contractions ! You may be the next to have baby !!!!!

kitty79 - 94 days ago
My stomach tightens but it's also like period cramp at same time. Tightening first starts then pain, like a wave coming over me. And I have to stop in my tracks....

babybaby21986 - 94 days ago
kitty79- For your contractions, is it like period cramps? Or just tightening ? I feel for you. I was up all night last Saturday with very strong BH and some true contractions. I do understand your worries about being in labour and not knowing it. I hope it will slow down very soon. If not and it keeps intensifying and contracting every 5 minutes, you definitely should go to the hospital to get check it out. All these contractions could be maybe the beginning of something. Your body is getting ready. As for the kicks, they told me 10 per hours.

kitty79 - 94 days ago
Kick counts... How many do you need in an hour. With my first they said 10. Last appt they told me 5 in an hour. What were you told?

kitty79 - 94 days ago
Contractions every 10-15 minutes . I had NST and they read a couple but said I'm not dilating so they aren't real. I have idea I just don't dilate. I had leep done in 2002 due to cervical precancerous cells, I read a small percentage of women will have issues in dilating after that. But with my first I dilated to a 1 so not sure. But when the due NSTs on me they make me hold the monitor for fetal heartbeat because it won't pick up unless I'm holding it on with pressure. Same thing with first son. They don't have me hold the other monitor though and I really doubt that they get picked up correctly. Maybe they are BH still but they hurt and keep me up at night for hours. They were more sporadic before but lately not so much. Get worse with movement... And I can't not walk or talk thru them. That's why I am afraid if they turn real I won't tell.

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