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You are considered full-term now and your baby's final touches are being made. The crown-to-rump length of your baby is now 14 inches and the total length is around 21 inches. Your baby weighs approximately 6.5 pounds. Your uterus may be measuring about the same as it has been and is probably about 6.5 inches from the top of your bellybutton.

This week your baby should engage into your pelvis. If this is not your first pregnancy, it may happen later. When your baby engages, his head drops down into your pelvis and you might feel a slight sensation called `lightening` as the pressure on your ribs eases. As your baby drops into the final position for delivery, you may experience a buzzing feeling and shooting pains in your groin and leg. Normally, you will be able to breathe and eat easier. However, your uterus pushes down harder on your bladder and you will have an increased urge to urinate more frequently. Even if your baby engages now, you still possibly feel his feet in your breastbone around week 40.

Your baby is now fully mature and ready to be born. However, your baby is still growing and developing every day. Fat is still being laid down at a rate of a half ounce a day. If this is your first pregnancy, you can expect to deliver closer to 40 weeks or shortly thereafter. If this is not your first baby, you might go earlier than 40 weeks! Make sure that your bags are packed for the hospital and remember to preregister for admission.

Your doctor may begin doing weekly pelvic exams to evaluate your cervical changes and progression. Your healthcare provider will make sure that you are not leaking amniotic fluid and will also examine your cervix to check for effacement and dilation. Before labor, your cervix is thick and 0% effaced. During labor your cervix thins out and right before delivery it will become very soft and 100% effaced.

Research shows your baby can be affected by stress hormones. Make time to relax, to have fun, and to rest.

Your baby has learned to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing so it can do all three when breastfeeding after birth. Babies practice shallow breathing before birth, using amniotic fluid.

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Kekea - 25 minutes ago
I can imagine how you feel at 37 weeks Mrscephas. I'm only 32 weeks and I feel like my body is giving up on me. Smh. Its frighting thinking about how much longer I have. This is it for me. No more...

mrscephas - 4 hours ago
I am exhausted. It takes so long to settle at night, only to be woken up to pee. By morning I'm feeling like I've done a marathon. And then there's the toddler to run after. I'm keeping him in daycare for 3 afternoons a week. Good thing I started my maternity leave yesterday!!!

claraxx - 3 days ago
37 weeks!!!! Yay 💖 happy for baby to come anytime soon!

lil.pumpkins - 4 days ago
beckym- I am so with you I have a few more weeks left to go give or take before my lil one comes, be nice to have my body back and pain free lol. Thanks for the baby hospital bag list up date I forgot to add my shower shoes to my list just put them in my bags lol

lil.pumpkins - 4 days ago
Kekea- my appointment went very well thanks for asking :) went over my results and the baby is doing great my sugar level came back a little low but the dr said that everything looks great and he gave me a list of snack ideas to eat inbetween meals since I'm still having trouble eatting alot of things. The dr gave me some forms to fill out for the hospital and also have to call to book my hospital tour so I'm really excited.

beckym - 4 days ago
Erica, how is everything going?

beckym - 4 days ago
After the first day in the hospital, when the major bleeding settles, I like using my own personal pads and underwear, the hospital has a joke about their uncomfortable underwear provided, they refer to it as Victoria secret underwear, grannies panties really, and monster size pads, where you are very aware of them sitting, standing, or walking, and when we are aloud to walk again, I think we did enough waddling at the end of the pregnancy, to not need to with the monster pads. Lol! Other things to add to the list are a focal point (I bring a family picture), baby book, hair tie, chap stick, coconut oil or lanolin for cracked nipples, camera, keep a towel in the car (in case water breaks randomly) so far I have been lucky, all 3 times happened at the hospital, but I have heated seats in my van this time and would rather not test how good the wires are harnessed, lol. Shower shoes because however clean we would like to think the hospital and the floor is, better safe than sorry. That is all I've got, we are so close! I am so uncomfortable, can't wait to feel human again, but I will miss the baby movements, always my favorite part.

mrscephas - 4 days ago
Shopnhelps, it's my last day at work, too. Just 3 hours to go. I'm 36 weeks and my consultant wants the baby out latest 39 weeks due to gestational diabetes and previous C-sec scar. It all seems so close now!!!

Kekea - 4 days ago
Lil.pumpkin how was your appt.

lil.pumpkins - 4 days ago
the stuff I had packed for my lil one is sleepers, socks, hand mitts, home coming suit, diapers, wipes, baby powder, blankets, baby wash, nuks, feeding bibs,and bath towels. For myself I packed my pj's, some tops, pants, socks etc, slippers, shampoo, body wash, nursing pillow, camera, some puzzule books, snacks, drinks, etc. I pretty much made a big list of things I wanted to bring I know now of days your not in the hospital long seems like a big list of stuff to bring lol

beckym - 4 days ago
Hey, lol, at this point when sleep wants to happen, we have to meet it joyfully or we might not get another chance for hours hehe!

ShoppNhelpsD - 4 days ago
Xericalynn yes all in gods hands, everything will be fine, while im at work on my last day you'll be with ur baby! How exciting! Let's us know how it all went. Thanks for the feedback everyone I'll pack the baby bag this Sunday since that's when my sister is giving me a baby basket she has been putting together with some of the little things I need to complete my changing table and baby toiletries.. Beckym lol i luv it 'im sleepy, that is all i have to add for now' that's how I feel. Tired all the time.. we are almost there now.. hang in there.

beckym - 4 days ago
To add some things to the list, breast pads, binky, a and d, diapers, wipes. Boppy, I'm sleepy, that is all I have to add for now.

mrscephas - 5 days ago
Good luck with your c-section tomorrow morning, xericalynn. Shopnhelps just 6 sleep suits, vests, socks and mittens, nappies (cloth or disposable)and wipes or some cotton wool, blanket, towel, etc. If you're bottle feeding, some bottles and teats.

ShoppNhelpsD - 5 days ago
Help what is everyone packing in their baby bag? I remember that the hospital provided everything i needed last time i was there.. so im not sure what to pack this time around. Besides a coming home outfit and a picture taking outfit and a blanket. Maybe because im sleep deprived i cant think lately. I need a nap.

lil.pumpkins - 5 days ago
I have my OB appointment this afternoon, I'm really hoping to hear some good news since I haven't gotten a phone call I believe thats a good sign that the baby is okay.

beckym - 6 days ago
Good luck Erica, so exciting that you will be meeting your little one in less than a week!

lil.pumpkins - 6 days ago
that sounds so exciting Erica I hope it all goes well and can't wait to hear your good news :)

Kekea - 6 days ago
Good luck with your surgery. Hoping all symptoms resolve once your bundle is here...

xEricaLynn - 6 days ago
I have a c-section scheduled for early Friday morning. Hoping that will help resolve my severe head pain and high blood pressure. Very scared and anxious, but putting it all in God's hands.

lil.pumpkins - 6 days ago
xEricaLynn I was induced with my yougest it wasn't painful at all, until the end when the contractions really hit just before the baby came. You could also ask for an epidural whichs helps with the pain. It also seems like the dark brown clots on toilet paper that you have seen is you losing your mucus plug maybe?

xEricaLynn - 7 days ago
Well, I see my OB at 5pm today. (It's 2pm now). Head pain is still pretty awful. Like vice pain all over. It's either the Occipital Neuralgia or the weather or whatever else. TMI, I also wiped some dark brown clots on toilet paper this morning. I know anything brown is old blood. I don't have cramps or anything. I'm also lightheaded. So we shall see what the doctor says this afternoon. I have been reading that being induced is quite painful. I feared not being able to push, because of my brain disorders. The slightest bit of pressure in my head makes me want to cry. My mother doesn't want me to have a c-section, and I don't really want to either. But I have a very, VERY low pain tolerance. Very scared about the whole labor process, because at this point, I don't know how it will all play out... Sigh... I'd be feeling good, except for the 24 hour head pain. I don't see how this can all fit into God's plan? Doesn't make the least bit of sense to me...

beckym - 7 days ago
I'm surprised they don't have you being monitored at the hospital erica. A friend of mine lost about 8 pregnancies before getting to 36 weeks, and had preeclamptia they monitored her at the hospital when her blood pressure sky rocketed, waited til 37 weeks, then induced her, found out the baby was breech, and did a c section .

lil.pumpkins - 8 days ago
Thanks I have this feeling that I wont find anything out until Thursday afternoon when I go and see my OB. xEricaLynn I hope you feel better soon and by the looks of it seems like lil one maybe coming very soon wishing you luck :)

Kekea - 8 days ago
I hope you ladies feel better. xEricaLynn keep an eye on your symptoms. And don't hesitate to go back to the hospital of you feel necessary. I was induced my last pregnancy at 38 weeks exactly with protein levels about the same as yours but I was also about 3 centimeters dialated So my doctor just decided to keep me.

xEricaLynn - 8 days ago
Aw, pumpkins, hope you get some good results soon! I went to L&D twice last night, the first time for severe head pain, had high BP, was monitored, then sent home. Then when I was getting ready for bed, I started bleeding. So we packed the car up and went back to the hospital. I found out that I was probably bleeding because I was 1-1.5cm dilated. For me, that's big. Because we've never made it this far before. So it's scary and anxiety-producing all at the same time. We finally got home after 3am this morning. And hubby had to get up at 6am to go to work, poor guy. I'm still having horrible head pain, but trying to rest as much as I can.

lil.pumpkins - 9 days ago
I don't have pre-eclampsia but I do have low iron and the dr put me on meds for that. I'm also now classed as high risk because I failed my 1st glucos test and wasn't able to do the 2nd one because I ended up getting sick and was sent home. I just had my u/s on Wednesday to check the baby and also had to do a blood test to check my lvls waiting to hear back from the dr I'm really hoping for some good news at this point.

xEricaLynn - 9 days ago
Anyone else here have pre-eclampsia? I was diagnosed on Friday, put on 24 hour bed rest. Which meant that I couldn't go to the labor class yesterday. I was so upset, I really wanted to go and find out all the information I could to help calm my anxieties. My OB never mentioned about inducing me, even though the protein amount in my urine was in the 380s. The normal range I read on the hospital website is in the 145s or below. I've been having horrible vice grip headaches and neck pain for the past week, not sure if that is due to the pre-eclampsia or my Occipital Neuralgia going haywire again. I'm in pain all day long, from my head to my stomach to my back... I wish this baby would come out sooner than later, so I can up the dosage of my meds and hopefully start to feel better again. I can't function being in so much pain :(

lil.pumpkins - 9 days ago
ShoppNhelpsD- I just finished packing the last minute stuff that was needed for my hospital bag, all thou I'm thinking about going out and buying some snacks to take with me not a big fan on the hospital food and that you really don't get much of it either. I know someone that isn't a fan of the diapers bags either but she did however got a really nice beach bag that she used to pack her little one stuff, and uses it everytime she goes out and loves it. I'm also expecting a boy I had to find out everyone believed that I was having a girl but me and I had that feeling as well that lil one was a boy. I can't believe that I'm now 37 weeks today and not that much longer left to go :)

ShoppNhelpsD - 11 days ago
Lil.pumkins hospital bag ur ahead of me! I still havent even found a bag, im so not into diaper bags so i have used two backpacks for my son. But i cant use the same ones since the dad decided to use one as a gym bag and the other has a broken strap. So still need to find one for new baby... cant believe its almost here, i feel like im having a boy and ive come to really believe that so it will be a shocker if i have a girl. Dont have a name picked out either.... this time around im pretty behind on a name and the bags... a week from tomorrow is my last day of work! If i knew i would have the baby near the 10th i would work up until then. But my son was 5 days early and this baby could do the same...

lil.pumpkins - 13 days ago
I'm pretty much done my shopping, all thou I still need to get baby wash, shapmoo etc thats all thats is left on the list. My MIL bought us a changing table so now I don't have to go out and buy one. I also still have to finish packing my hospital bag I'm due on August 16 just 6 days after you.

ShoppNhelpsD - 14 days ago
Lil.pumkins how exciting buying baby stuff! I havent bought too much baby stuff because i have most of the stuff from my son. If its a boy i have it all if its a girl then i will be getting clothes from my sister who has a 4 mo old little girl. I do need some minor things like bottle brush, baby wash, wipes and diapers... and car seat base... i will buy those things this weekend! I do also need to pack hospital bags ... i know im cutting it close. I have faith i wont go into labor before August 1st! Dues date is the 10th my son was 5 days early im hoping i wont deliver 10 days early. Exhale!

ShoppNhelpsD - 15 days ago
Yey! 37wks two more weeks till I'm done with work and i can relax and not stress about going into labor before then.... i need to go to sleep. Its almost 2am and hot! Washington has had no rain or close to no rain this summer, cali has had more rain than us! And its been in the 90s a lot. Like every day. Pregnant during the summer sucks! Im almost done though. And these braxton hicks are a daily thing for me. So is the baby having hiccups.

lil.pumpkins - 34 days ago
Unless there is a medical necessity, most doctors won't induce you, especially since your concerns are just discomforts :( If you had medical issues then they would have induced early, but chances of them inducing you because you are done, aren't likely. I was in the same boat with my youngest and my OB told me that they can't induce me unless I was a week over my due date. But good luck and hopefully your baby will come on his or her own :)

liltyke7 - 35 days ago
So I went to the doc yesterday and right when I got there he had to run for an emergency delivery. So I have to go back this afternoon. I am hoping I have progressed and maybe we can talk induction. My youngest is turning 4 July 10 so I would really rather be induced Mon/Tues rather than after I am 39 weeks and then I wont be around for her birthday. im so done also! I can't get comfortable. I have constant indigestion. I don't sleep. my ankles turn into kankles everyday. im just done!! ok complaining is done now.

lil.pumpkins - 36 days ago
@anything4nikk thats wonderful news, I'm glad to hear that everything is okay :) - 36 days ago
liltyke7, thank you! Maybe the cramps are a sign that labor is coming soon. Hope you hear good news at your next appt - 36 days ago
Lil.pumpkin, he's doing great now and is back in my room. We'll be going home later on this morning.

liltyke7 - 37 days ago
Congrats anything!! I have been having cramps on and off. Back to weekly appt tomorrow.

lil.pumpkins - 37 days ago
I'm glad that everything is going better for you, I hope that your son is back in your room soon :) - 37 days ago
Thank you! Came here to give you all a little update...yesterday they had to take the baby to the NICU due to breathing and feeding complications. He seems to be doing better now though and they were able to remove his feeding tube so hopefully he will be back in my room by this evening

lil.pumpkins - 39 days ago
@anything4nikk Congratulations I'm glad to hear that everything is going well :) - 39 days ago
Elijah James was born at 8:01 this morning weighing 6 lbs 9 ozs. Shortly after birth he started to have trouble breathing and had to have cpr administered, but now he's doing just fine and rooming with me. I was nervous about the surgery but it went fine and so far I'm recovering well

lil.pumpkins - 39 days ago
if you are in the beging stages try walking around, I was told that by doing alot of walking it helps get things to move along quicker. Wishing you luck :)

liltyke7 - 40 days ago
Thanks All!! Good luck for tomorrow. I have noticed I have gone to the bathroom a little more since yesterday. Cramps are still around. It is hard to time them. They are just there. Baby is still moving around a lot. I called doc and they said to just monitor it and call me if anything changes. I have my hospital bag almost ready. just need to add in comfy clothes. I wear those when I get home from work so can't pack those until its time. im ready anytime he wants to come!

lil.pumpkins - 40 days ago
@liltyke7 any news yet? hopefully it wont be to much longer, I so can't wait for the next 5 weeks to pass hoping that my little one comes on time :)

lil.pumpkins - 40 days ago
I wish you luck for tomorrow and hopefully you have a good nice rest as well, for me when I was being induced with my youngest I was so excited I couldn't sleep lol. - 40 days ago
lil.pumpkin, I'm so excited! I can't wait to have him in my arms!! - 40 days ago
I had period type cramps yesterday and during the night. BE contractions have also been happening more frequent. Also, I feel the baby really low and it feels like he's about to fall out. My other kids were born at different gestations (37, 39, and 38 weeks) but they were all born in the six pound range. I used to joke about how I don't think my body will let me give birth to a 7 pound+ baby. Being that this baby is in the 6 pound range now, i think he'd been born soon even if my c section wasn't tomorrow. TMI ALERT...also, for the past two days I've been going to the bathroom more than normal and passing loose bowels. That usually happens a couple of days before I go into labor. It seems that you don't have too much longer to go and I'd def keep my hospital bag by the door if I were you. And speaking of hospital bag, I need to pack

lil.pumpkins - 41 days ago
@anything4nikki congrats that very exciting :)

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