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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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mammaramirez - 6.2 hours ago
37 weeks! Almost ready for this little guy to be here, but not quite! I'm more tired of making the drive to and from work everyday than I am of being pregnant. I have a check up this Friday.... I forgot how uncomfortable and slightly painful the pelvic exams are during pregnancy. I'm not expecting any changes from last Friday's appt. I'm sure I'm still 1cm, thick and he's probably still at minus 3 (at least that's what I'm hoping for. after Sept 27th, he can come whenever he likes!)

morenazaChihuahuense - 2 days ago
Yes... time has stopped for me...I barely dilated in 2 weeks :-/ waiting for thursday....and see if I have gone any farther..... believe me I still feel like crying anytime I sit up or sat coccyx is a mess.... and I hope delivery doesnt make it worst..I feel useless as I cant bend down to pick up trash or anything on the floor :-( .... what are you having leanbean??

leanbean - 3 days ago
Time may have stopped now! hahahahaha....MORENA~ Man, sounds like you could go any day! That's scary about the fall. Hope you're feeling ok!

morenazaChihuahuense - 6 days ago
Hi ladies... popping in from week 36, we are almost there!!! I cant wait to have my LO . I had my first cervical check last week and I was at I was rushed to hospital since I fell at my Grandmas apointment and they thought my water had broke as fluid was in floor...ended up being but baby is doing fine and I have just dilated 1cm more...making it at 4cm. Have ny regular NST and Ob appt in the am!!

MOMIIB - 6 days ago
So your soo right Leanbean....ekk, we are all soo close. Hoping to make it 1 more week :-)

leanbean - 7 days ago
Letti dropped about 2 weeks ago and went back up in my ribs yesterday! Now that I'm ready for her to be down there of course! hahahahah...Last Thursday I had my appt. and was at a 1 and 75% effaced. Can't believe how close we are! Hoping to get the rest of my nesting done this weekend. I've been cleaning and organizing like a crazy person! Wish I was like this all the time. Maybe not to this extent though I guess ;) Good luck girlies! Perfect labors and deliveries coming our way!

MOMIIB - 8 days ago
LORI: It went good. He has dropped but there hasnt been any changes, I am still sealed up tight :-/ totally not stressing though, I hope he stays put til 39weeks so we have time to settle into our new home. Last week I swore I could have him any minute, this week I feel like I can go another month LOL. I am sure I will want to slap myself later for saying that hahaha. My next appt is Friday :-) how are u doing? Getting soo much closer :-)

LoriandRichie - 9 days ago
Mom-how was your ob appt?

LoriandRichie - 9 days ago
37 weeks today!! Feeling lots of pressure down low. Ouch!

MOMIIB - 12 days ago
37wks today :-) ob appointment tomorrow! Praying he stays put til 39wks :-)

MOMIIB - 15 days ago
Brandy, yes, I am attempting a VBAC :-)

brandyb1984 - 29 days ago
Anyone on here ever had a VBAC?

brandyb1984 - 29 days ago
With the scheduled c section i will have a baby with 14 days...

sarah6485 - 32 days ago
Baby Ali I think you will be fine very rare they get it wrong. I've had dreams of having a boy and then having a girl my body is not letting on to what I'm having :) 18 days to due date eeeekkkkkk so excited

sarah6485 - 32 days ago
Amanda that's great progress bet if I was checked if be high n well closed haha I always am until last week then I might be soft n stretch to a one :-/ for a sweep

amandapanda15 - 32 days ago
Just turned 37weeks today. Due date sept.5th. Went too obgyn 3days ago. 2cm dilated and 30% affected.

Baby ali - 32 days ago
Laura- midwife sed they dnt check coz ur more prone to infection, bacteria getting in. they never check till ur in labour and in final stage, and If there's a problem and they have to check you. about the thigh pains and buttox pain I have it really bad. feel soo out of breath now :0(

oopixiesticks - 32 days ago
Hi ladies.. 37 weeks today! I havent been on in a long time. I have no computer only my phone. I had an appt 2 days ago and cervix is still high but 1 and half centimeters dialated. Naming the baby Luis Malek. Hubby insisted that he have his first name which i wasnt too happy about and said I could pick the middle name and he wasnt too happy about it but i said thats the only name I wanted and if he got to pick the first then i get what I want for the middle since that is what I am going to call him by. I dont like saying junior or calling two people by the same name its weird to me - 32 days ago
Baby ali- thats weird why dont they check you? Is it because they just believe when its time its time which is true! I would be going crazy never getting checked! I had a really weird dream to from like 8 this morning until 9 when i got woken up by the carpet cleaner! He came to clean my carpet in the LR thats the only place i have carpet in my house for now my husband is getting hard wood floor to put down in the living room tho so it will be all hardwood except the kitchen and bathroom! Hopefully we can get it done before Kaleb gets here! Well see! I would be so mad if they got it wrong but ive seen like 3 times his boy parts on an U/S and theres no way its a girl lol! When i got pregnant with him at first i really wanted a boy and hubby wanted a girl then i changed my mind amd we both wanted a girl which we were pretry sure we were having a girl so when we found out we were having a boy were were both in shock cause girls run thru both familys like crazy but we were super excited! And were not having anymore so we have our girls and a boy now! Anyone experiencing alot of pressure downstairs i feel like i need to go number 2 so bad but then i cant and i keep getting this pain in my left hip and upper thigh that feels like i pulled a muscle and its in my butt cheek as well it hurts to stand cause its just really tightened up and weird feeling. Anyone else having the same issue. Then i keep gettin. Light cramps in the V area and lower abdomen! Doesnt hurt to bad its just uncomfortable especially the cramping feelings in my hips and thighs

Baby ali - 32 days ago
Laura- goodluck ur dilating lol they dnt check ur cervix in uk wen we go for check ups. Sarah- I kept all my daughters clothes, bibs, shoes, everything just incase this baby was a girl when I found out it's a boy I donated everything as am not planning on any more for now lol, bought all blue and white and pastle green colour clothes for baby boy am loving the boys clothes maybe coz we never had the chance to b4 :0) I had a weird dream last night tho that I gave birth to a girl and I was confused in the delivery room lol I was like why did they lie and say am having a boy! now it's a girl😫😫😫😫😫😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 when I woke up in the morning I was really confused lol wat if it is a girl! but they did confirm it a month ago it's a boy u can see boy bits clearly 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

sarah6485 - 32 days ago
Baby Ali if it's a girl I have everything from bella so sorted but if boy I need to but blue as only have white and unisex stuff - 33 days ago
I forgot to also put. That when i went into L&D on Monday and they checked me i was thick and at 0 nothing at all. And i had been doing alot that weekend before and that day so instead of draining myself i decided to do light stuff and just try to take it easy and made sure i was relaxing my muscles and in a matter of 3 days i finally got somewhere! - 33 days ago
Thank you everyone for the welcomes! Mash thats the same thing with me i cant do anything with it but oh well at least i can chit chat on here with yall. So i had my firat NST appointment today and the nurses were a little concerned cause babys heart beat dropped a couple of times which i think was because everytime he got comfortable they would make me move around and irritate him to keep him awake poor little guy! But all is well. Then they did that strep test thing and then checked my cervix and she said my cervix is really soft im 80% effaced and 2 cm dialated. I was super excited but also nervous at the same time cause i know i can stay at this rate for awhile! Lol but ive had a pretty awesome day and now gonna write out my birth plan and tomorrow possibly start packing Kalebs bag for when the day comes but i dont have everything i need yet or want so gotta slowly pack it ha ha! Fnouf ill be 38 weeks saturday. I also have 2 daughters amd now a boy hopefully your having a boy to unless u want a girl then hopefully u have a girl lol thank you baby ali. U to thats awesome maybe we will go into labor the same day to ha ha! That would be a trip! I honestly cant wait till wednesday cause i met a girl who has a bunch of practically brand new baby boy stuff thats monkeys and thats exactly what i want for him. And i get to go get it all on wednesday evening i just cant wait to go thru everything im majorly nesting cause i havent been able to until this week cause we were living with other people but now were in our own place so im loving putting my place together and cleaning and organizing everything! Did have a question it might sound stupid but i just want some opinions i want to know if by any chance, the softer your cervix gets the faster and easier it will be to dialate and go into labor?? J/W!!! Thanks everyone for all the welcomes makes my nifht even better i get on here like 3 or 4 times a day but mostly late at night after my hubby goes to sleep! Hope to chit chat with yall soon!

Baby ali - 33 days ago
Sarah- I think u might be having a girl :0)

fnouf - 33 days ago
hey Laura, welcome to IAP, I am in 38 weeks now but just popped back for a nose and wanted to say hello :-) I'm due 26th August with 3rd child. I have 2 daughters already and I am not sure what we are having this time - 33 days ago
Laura, i have had issues with my profile since resigning up for this pregnancy. i have yet to be able to access my profile. and i tried sending a message to laura ward the admin and that didnt work either....i was unable to send her a message....

sarah6485 - 33 days ago
Had midwife tummy measures 36 weeks I'm carrying small baby hb 130 this baby hb has varied from 130-150s which myth wise would be jumping between a girl and a boy hahaha so no clue as to what it is lol

Baby ali - 34 days ago
Laura- ur due dates same as mine 30th :0) but hoping and praying he comes b4 then. - 34 days ago
Fnouf i feel ya on the baby dropping so low and then moving back up. Seriously feels like he so low sometimes that his hand gonna pop out of my downstairs lol and then up so high hes crushing all my ribs and my lungs are in my throat. I was having such bad consistent contractions since Saturday so i went to L&D monday evening and they checked me and im still at thick and 0. Was so frustrated not because i wasnt having the baby but because i thought with having all tgese contractions for nearly two weeks and tgem getting more active and stronger and closer together i figured i would atleast be at 1 cm but i knpw things can change quickly and he will be born when hes ready! Got an NST appointment tomorrow hope tgey will check me and see if any of the relaxing ive been trying to do has helped. I had my oldest daughter at 38weeks and 3 days and my youngest daughter at 40 weeks and 2 days so hopefully he will be somewhere imbetween - 34 days ago
Hello my name is Laura im sort of new to thjs site ive been trying to figure out how to comment and talk qith everyone on here for weeks now and just finally figured it out lol. But for some odd reason its not letting me do anything with my profile. Im 37 weeks and 5 days im glad to hear everyone doing well. Im having a little boy due the 30th of August. And i cant wait to meet him. I would love to chat with y'all cause i have no one to talk to really about my pregnancy at all i live in a new city with my hubby and daughter just got our new apartment and been seriously nesting for months now feels good to finally be able to do it lol. - 34 days ago
just had ob appointment. he said keep up with the fluids and tylenol and hopefully this cold will go away soon. baby is head down and low but not 'engaged'. i go for an ultrasound tomorrow night so dr can get a better idea of exact position and size of baby. and he said he will start checking me next week for dilation. had contraction yesterday pretty much every 90 minutes.....but didnt get more intense or longer....and as done as i mil is away for work this week and my dad texted me yesterday saying he was going to be on a trail for the next three days with no cell signal and then will be at my grandma' this week would not be the best time for baby to come lol

Baby ali - 34 days ago
fnouf- if I sed that he would leave the country a month b4 my due date lolz

fnouf - 35 days ago
Sarah I feel where you are coming from, this one keeps going low then jumping back up high tho. Going from real low and needing to pee and having loads of braxtons to being so high I can't breath. Feeling quite nauseous too. Still not too bad tho :-) Haha Ali, can't blame you!! Was watching one born the other day and it said some where there is a tradition that the man has a rope tied to his dangly thing and every time the lady has a contraction she can pull the rope ... you should threaten that!!

Baby ali - 35 days ago
fnouf- that's y he's tagging along this time LOL cos I will kill him

sarah6485 - 35 days ago
Fnouf that's great my best friend lost 3 1/2 stone and got pregnant and managed to go her pregnancy without gaining extra and said best pregnancy she had she felt great. She done same slimming world. God I'm not having a good day baby has gone so low and really squeezing down that I feel I have piles started ouch ! And when I get up to do something I have a tone of braxtons hicks start :-/ definatly feel something's changed and I'm near the end

fnouf - 35 days ago
Oh no mash, feel better soon! Ali I would kill my hubby if he was like that lol

Baby ali - 35 days ago
mash- feel sorry for you, hope u get better not long now everyone lol all the aches and pains and misery will be worth it at the end :0) am taking my close friend with me as my birthing partner as my husband is useless and annoying wen it comes to labour, he is like a kid annoying as hell and always in and out of the delivery room while I am dying in pain he dsnt help at all! got no patience and always looking at the clock like he's wasting his day doing FUk all, I could kill him that moment in time so this time told him if he wants to tag along he can coz he's waste of time and useless. he sed he wants to tag along as he wants to cut the baby's cord and carry him at the end wen ave done all the hard work! trust me feel like knocking him out in the delivery room LOL - 35 days ago
oh and dont forget the lovely body aches..... :( - 35 days ago
omg im miserable! Worst time ever to get a nasty head cold :( Im so stuffed up, my head is pounding, my throat is killing me....could barely sleep at all last night......waaaaaaaaaaah :(

fnouf - 35 days ago
We are both stupidly fertile, always caught the first month we tried. Scary really lol! I Have gained about 22lb, think most of it is baby. I follow slimming world and lost 5 1/2 stone in 12 months before I fell pregnant so was desperate not to put it all back on so have carried on following the plan. Think that is why I feel so much better this time round to be honest. Miss all the extra scans obesity brings with it tho haha. The walking sounds like a good idea, get baby ready to get moving xx

sarah6485 - 35 days ago
Fnouf definatly as I can relate to the contraception to. I too do not get on with contraception but definatly need something permanent now so asking my consultant next week if I can have my tubes done within 48 hours after birth which is what they can do for you. I need something done as we are both very fertile. And Yes I'm still on the go definatly not one to sit for long I'm always pottering about finding something that needs doing funny as i recall my mum being the same she never just sat down. Can't believe I'm 37 weeks Tomo this pregnancy has been by far one the best no pains aches feel great don't think I've gained extra weight at all either :) hope I get a good birth to. As of Tomo goin to venture out bit more walk to parks and so on get this baby ready for coming in a few weeks I reckon if I stay active enough things will start sooner rather than later already have felt baby drop lower down into pelvis had few crampy niggles so keeping a eye out for the start of my plug xoming away now

fnouf - 36 days ago
Sarah, we sound quite similar, too much to do to sit for too long lol. Just I only have 2 kids to keep me busy rather than 5 :-)I work in a school so I got to finish work on 18th July but don't have to start my mat leave till 26th August which has been a nice treat ... although pretty sure home work keeps me just as busy as work work lol. Ali, we had discussed whether I should have my tubes done or him snipped but I was worried about eptopic pregnancy and he was worried about the more complicated procedure for me so we went with him. I do not do well with long term contraception and gain massive amounts of weight and have migranes on the pill. The only pill I found that I was ok on was such a low dose one that I ended up catching pregnant with my eldest lol. I have a slight sensitivity to condoms so they are not a long term solution either so sterilisation is the only real option for us. Off to 38 weeks today :-)

Baby ali - 37 days ago
fnouf- reading ur previous pregnancy symptoms I thought mine was bad, gosh am glad ur well and good this time round, am not good with pain and suffering lolol I am one of 3 got 2 brothers and me my hubby is 1 of 10 lol he dsnt want big family he only wants 3 as am from a small family I wanted more children maybe 5-6 but that's out of the window lolol am not going through all this again, told hubby to get a snip but he dsnt want to but wants me to go long term contraception he's recommending coil or something to me! how dare he!!! lolz

sarah6485 - 37 days ago
Fnouf same I think it's going down then back up again having a go at moving down haha. I've also had a great pregnancy this time round and still chasing my other 5 children and on top of all my housework washing hoovering I'm like a supermum at moment lol but I am a active person anyway I'm not one to sit often so good I've not suffered no pain this pregnancy to take me off my feet. My last pregnancy I really suffered sciatica and Spd hoovering could stop me walking rest the day. Guessing il be on the go til baby is here now :)

fnouf - 37 days ago
Sarah, yes I feel babies head go down in to pelvis, I'm pretty convinced it keeps popping back out tho. Keep going from needing to pee all the time and being very hungry to not being able to breath and having no appetite lol

fnouf - 37 days ago
This has been my best pregnancy by far, my first one I had severe morning sickness and heartburn throughout, then I had 3 miscarriages, then my fifth pregnancy I had awful heart burn and lost loads of hair and terrible back pain, swelling, high blood pressure, this one all I've had is a bit of sciatica. This is my last pregnancy. If we had unlimited time and money, we might of had more but if we had more then would have to get new car and house and hubby refuses to have people carrier haha. He is getting snip once baby is here and we are all settled. I was an only child and hated it, hubby is one of 7 and my mum is one of 8 so I've seen the problems that big families can face. Think 3 will be the perfect number for us! I'm dreading eldest going back to school, she is very useful to have around haha xx

Baby ali - 38 days ago
fnouf- am soo done being pregnant this time lol never again LOL :0) had everything with this pregnancy, sciatica, diabetes, heartburn everything u can ever think of put me off big time having anymore kids, hats of to those who do have more than 3 kids. I feel shattered kids exhaust me out can't wait to send them to day time nursery in September so I can concentrate on me and the baby for few hours a day. I have a feeling I might go into labour 2-3 days b4 due date if am lucky :0) if not then the dreading induction 30th :0/

sarah6485 - 38 days ago
I have a few friends who went into labour at 37 weeks crazy to think if was same I'd be in labour as little as Wednesday :-0 I've packedy bags just incase anyway 👍. Does anyone feel the baby trying to engage like pushing it's head down as I've just started feeling it ?

fnouf - 38 days ago
Glad you got all the bits you need, we have most things now. Just the going home outfits to get, we've chosen them but as we have no idea what we're having, we can't buy them yet. Found an exercise to do to move baby off my back and it seemed to help and 18mth old slept thru the night so feel a little less tired. My eldest is having her bday on Wednesday at the house so just finishing prep for that. Ali, you're praying baby comes in next 3 weeks, I'm praying mine stays put till 1st September lol xx

Baby ali - 38 days ago
went shopping bought everything we need for the baby, happy now, can relax and not worry about shopping etc, now all I have to do is wait till I go into labour hopefuly within the 3 weeks that's left :0)

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