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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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lil.pumpkins - 2.8 hours 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 - 1 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 - 2 days ago
@anything4nikk thats wonderful news, I'm glad to hear that everything is okay :) - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 days ago
Congrats anything!! I have been having cramps on and off. Back to weekly appt tomorrow.

lil.pumpkins - 3 days ago
I'm glad that everything is going better for you, I hope that your son is back in your room soon :) - 3 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 - 5 days ago
@anything4nikk Congratulations I'm glad to hear that everything is going well :) - 5 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 - 5 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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. - 6 days ago
lil.pumpkin, I'm so excited! I can't wait to have him in my arms!! - 6 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 - 7 days ago
@anything4nikki congrats that very exciting :)

liltyke7 - 7 days ago
yes anything4nikki - we are so close!!! I woke up in the middle of night with period like cramps and they have been like this all day. I am not sure if this is early labor or not. I called doc and they just said to watch and call if anything changes. Anyone else have this?? - 7 days ago
37 weeks today and my c section is two days nervous!! (It's my first c section delivery)

lil.pumpkins - 9 days ago
I have about 8 more weeks left to go before I hit my due date, so I have a sometime yet unless lil one comes a few weeks early.

liltyke7 - 12 days ago
Anyone close to having their baby?

sleepymom - 41 days ago
Haven't commented in ages, but I am hoping now that we are close to the end everyone has more time to come and chat. I have one more shift at work and then I am off on vacation till my due date/maternity leave.How is everyone feeling? Any early babies? I am feeling good. Getting tired of not having a very good sleep. This baby is way low in my pelvis so I am up to pee constantly at night and my hips have been aching after I lay on my side for an hour. two year old is finally sleeping through the night and now I can't sleep through the night. LOL. Waiting for group b strep test results, how did everyone fair so far?

KristinaA - 76 days ago
Good luck Kristi.

KristiW - 76 days ago
I've been drinking my tea and staying active in the bedroom with my hubby to make this baby come out...NOTHING! My sciatica has flared up, I get NO sleep, I to have hemorroid discomfort. I have a doctor appt today. Hopefully we can schedule a date to induce.

KristinaA - 77 days ago
Tried the clary sage oil on my ankles last night and nothing :( Oh well. At least I don't have a thrombosed hemorrhoid anymore. However I have a new complaint. Allergies. They were bad from Dec-Feb, but have not been bad through March and were mildly annoying until yesterday. It rained. Some people find relief from their allergies when it rains, but for me, they get like 600x worse. So bad that I couldn't even netti pot b/c my nasal passages were completely blocked. Gotta have a baby so I can take some more effective meds and also just have less fluids in this body to clog me all up.

KristinaA - 79 days ago
Had my 37 wk appt today. They didn't check under the hood, but there's really no reason to. Everything is fine and not enough contractions to warrant a peek. I asked about the clary sage oil. The Dr said she's really not familiar w/ it, but asked the midwife who said it's ok after 37 weeks and said to try some about 2 inches above my ankle. Will probably try it there tonight!

KristiW - 80 days ago
A friend gave me organic rasberry tea to start labor..she said it worked for her! But I'm not going to try until 38 wks because I want my maturnity leave from work to go into June! That way I can spend some time with my oldest after she is out of school for the summer:)

mamaford77 - 81 days ago
I feel like I can't be pregnant for 5 more minutes lol

KristinaA - 82 days ago
So I had the thrombosed hemorrhoid removed today and I feel 100% better. I feel great for the first time in a while. I've been in excrutiating pain since Monday and hadn't been able to sit, walk, stand, sleep, or even really eat. I lost 3 lbs over the last 3 days. I just can't believe how great I feel now. I feel like I can be pregnant for 3 more weeks now. Yay!

mamaford77 - 82 days ago
I made some frozen pads for soothing after childbirth. I've never had them with the other kids, but I think they sound nice. Aloe gel, witch hazel, and lavendar on a maxi pad, then freeze. I made 18.

KristiW - 82 days ago
KristinaA- You will have to keep us posted with the clary sage. I've never heard of that until now but I would try it! Hemorrhoids are the worst:( Mamaford- I am so jealous you only have a week left!!!! I am just done.

KristinaA - 82 days ago
Yay, mamaford. Nice to have an end date in sight. Take it easy until then :)

mamaford77 - 82 days ago
37 weeks!!!! I'm being induced in 7 days! They didn't like my BP or my swelling at my last appt, so they don't want to wait to 39 weeks. I have one more prenatal appt on April 15, with an NST and BPP. Then I check in at 6am on the 17th to have my baby. Doing some meal prepping this week (I already have 7 meals ready to go) and making sure the house is ready for my hospital stay. So excited!

pumpkinfairy - 100 days ago
congrats sher and dec baby! Miles is still in the nicu theyre weanin off the sugar iv and increasing his feeds, hopefully by weekend he will be home! as far asmy headaches from preclampsia they still come and go and the dr said itn take weeks, and the csection pain at 4 days its getting better, up til this morning I couldnt walk to far, or even get out of bed by myself :/ hope you all have your babies real soon, so we can all sit here and complain about our pain haha

mandykat760 - 100 days ago
One by one people are falling off! Good luck Dec!

machalaB - 100 days ago
Good luck Dec baby, n Sher Dallas is adorable!!!

sher-baby - 100 days ago
Thanks Babylove! I do just love him...he just likes to stay awake and feed at night! In the days I can feed him and he will knock out!!! But at night, that same theory doesnt seem to work!

babylove5 - 100 days ago
Sher your baby is precious!!! I hope y'all are doing well!!!

sher-baby - 100 days ago
Babylump- my back and pubic bone does feel much better. Sometimes if I move the wrong way, my lower back will hurt but it's not that constant pain..thankfully! Now that's just my nipples!!! Haha...were never satisfied!!! Looks like my milk has started to come in yesterday!!! Hopefully soon I'll be able to work on my supply...if this child will let me!!! He wants boob 24/7!! From the sec he wakes up and even while sleeping....he wants boob!!!! And if anyone is gonna hold him, you better put you boob in his mouth!! Ha!! Or he won't be happy!!! Lol but I think DH is a lil jealous!! I think he was expecting to be able to spend more time one on one with him, but that's just not the case...he wants to feed or atleast just suck all the time, and I don't stop him! I told DH that I would be nursing on demand!!!! Not just for him, but for my supply too! Oh well, he'll get over it! If not, that's his problem! 😊

sher-baby - 100 days ago
Yay! Good luck dec baby!

lexy-b - 100 days ago
Good luck Dec baby!!!

babylumpp2015 - 101 days ago
Yay decbaby!!!!!!!! Hope you got those bags packed!!!!! Be hoping everything goes well!

Dec Baby - 101 days ago membranes just ruptured!!!

babylumpp2015 - 101 days ago
Congrats pumpkin! Hope you're snuggling up your little babe & is home soon. Dec baby I really hope this is it for you!! Keep us updated! Sher- still can't believe your little man is here, and he is adorable!!! Hope your back pain has vanished & I'm totally jealous! The last few days have been rough this cold is kicking my ass. I woke up yesterday with a bloody nose, gums AND I can't hear out of my left ear it feels like it's popped and water logged. I was reading up on it and apparently it's from all the extra fluid and there isn't much to be done until baby is here which sucks because it is so annoying and uncomfortable. Im miserable! Li don't even think I have the energy to labor at this point with all these things going on with my body but I think once she's out I'll be so much better. The man is coming in from out of town tonight so hopefully some fun time gets things going & I can find some relief!

sher-baby - 101 days ago
Haha..yes!! Pack your bag girl!!! Our first night was rough!!!! As much as I agree with skin to skin therapy, it makes for dificult nights when you want your baby to sleep in their crib. So he doesn't do so well unless he's laying on someone or using me as a human pasi! So we're running on about 3 hrs sleep. I got to have an he nap this after noon, but it was deff rough! He's sooo worth it tho!!! He's deff my favorite lil man. I posted a pic on my profile

Dec Baby - 101 days ago
I better go and finish packing the rest of my hospital bag...haha

Dec Baby - 101 days ago
Hi did your first night at home go? I bet your big girl is loving have a little brother to cuddle! Mine are super excited to get another brother or sister:)) Lexy...all those contractions are not wasted...just means you're getting closer to the real deal!

sher-baby - 101 days ago
Good luck dec baby!!

Dec Baby - 101 days ago
Hi girls, today (in a few hours) I'm going to see O.B! He is going to check baby and to see how much fluid is around the baby! I'm almost thinking it will be a wasted app. because I've just started to have some mild contractions that are doing something down below! This morning I went to the ladies and when I wiped there was a bit of fresh blood (sorry tmi right?!) but's kinda exciting cause I think that means my cervix is actively dialating!!! Maybe I'll have our baby tonight or tomorrow morning!! Wish me luck😉

lexy-b - 101 days ago
I thought for sure I was going into labour last night, damn it! Woke up with contractions that were super painful but then lost their strenghth and eventually stopped after 3 hours. Soooo unfair!

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