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.
Almost there! Did you know that we also have a month by month calendar for babies? You can find it in the menu under `Babies`: Month by month
joready2glo - 26 days ago
not got long left. due date 27th feb. 5 or more bh everyday! so ready to meet baby, hope it comes early! xx
blondiemom84 - 36 days ago
Ive been working with the chiropractor doing the Webster technique,so I really hope it works considering I canceled my external cephalic version for tomorrow:-( I'm getting a bit worried:-[
babylove5 - 36 days ago
Blondie try the ice pack on the head again to get that baby head down. I know that has to be really really uncomfortable.
blondiemom84 - 37 days ago
Hello week 37!! I really can't believe we only have 3 weeks to go!! How are you all feeling? My little one has switched from breech to transverse, so hopefully he/she will turn the rest of the way, fingers crossed!!
lissie**** - 84 days ago
your mom will be here soon if not already!!!
deebo - 89 days ago
Baby is head down, they estimate her size at 6lbs.. my mom comes next weekend, so please stay in until then!! (As much as I want her out now, I am so miserable!!)
I'm sooo tired, I never sleep!!
Congrats to Mel and Lissie!! I can't believe I've made it this far.. It's bittersweet, because this will be my last...
lissie**** - 89 days ago
Deebo, how are you???!!! Mel, we had our babies same day! :))
mel90 - 92 days ago
Had my bby Brooklyn skye on Dec.2 she weighted 6 lbs 11oz I forgot how painful contractions get.. was in labor for 4 hrs I thank God everything went well
deebo - 92 days ago
Can't believe I made it to 'full term' WOOHOO! Now I just need my mom to come visit, so baby can come, and I don't have to worry whose going to watch my kids... Lmao! I don't have a name picked yet, either. Oops.
Had an ultrasound a few days ago to check baby's size (I'm overweight, so they always make me do extra crap, and it's never any different than a normal weighing woman's pregnancy.. I'm just fat lmao! No GD, no high BP.. Baby was 57th for size, and both my girls were 8-9lbs-- which is fine considering how tall I am!)
Hopefully baby is head down now!
lissie**** - 105 days ago
Found two of my awesome mommy friends of mine to watch my kids (they'll take 2 each).
lissie**** - 105 days ago
anxious mommy that happened to me before! I hope things happen for you for reals soon! I'm scheduled for Dec 1 to be induced. Though it will likely take until Dec 2 b/c they are starting in the evening. We will see. I think I could possibly get things going sooner but IM NOT READY!!! DH is out of town today for one thing and the whole Thanksgiving dinner to plan and execute for all the in-laws and my mom will get into town Thanksgiving Day. Though she is on some crazy diet and won't eat with us :/
anxiousmami - 105 days ago
@ lissie What day are you scheduled for your induction?
anxiousmami - 105 days ago
Letroise CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! That's so awesome. Wow soon enough all our bundles will be here. I swore my water broke last night at midnight but waited til this morning to get checked out and ........ Apparently was pee but I swear it wasn't oh well though they didn't to an internal though so still just waiting and TRYING to be patient lol
lissie**** - 105 days ago
Oh wow congratulations Letroise!!!! (mine seem to like to come in the wee hours too ha ha)
letroise11 - 105 days ago
Tuesday I was 2cm with contractions, so went back Wednesday and was at 3. Sent me to the hospital and made me walk stairs for an hour. Finally got to 4cm. So they kept me in for the night and of course these babies come when their ready. So we had her at 4:21am Thursday morning. Wishing the rest of y'all the best.
lissie**** - 106 days ago
heartburn is killing me tonight blah
lissie**** - 106 days ago
3cm is pretty good in my book! But maybe it happens more slowly for you. I'm still not ready for baby yet! But my body is gearing up finally. I hope things progress slowly for me this time and that I'm good and ready for early Dec baby.
anxiousmami - 106 days ago
I thought I did my progress report. So at my apt Monday I was barely dilated to a 3 and half way effaced. And she said a -2 station. So yeah good times. Tryna stay busy at work and such to help time pass on by. Hope everyone is in good health!
lissie**** - 108 days ago
Eek, less than two weeks now I'll have baby! Scheduled induction coming up! I'm not ready!!!! But I am ready to not be pregnant ha ha!
lissie**** - 113 days ago
This page is claiming that around 37 weeks babies often drop with first babies.
lissie**** - 113 days ago
I read that in first time moms they will usually a couple of weeks before labor. But sometimes a month before babies will drop. IN moms with more kids it can be different. I dropped with my second too--though it was a little later. Not at all with my 3rd or 4th or 5th as of yet
Juliemom24 - 113 days ago
When do babies usually drop? I can't remember if baby dropped last time or not.
lissie**** - 116 days ago
I don't think baby can really drop can she if she's my 5th? I mean she 'could' but if my nearly 10 pounder didn't and my baby before that either then I just don't see it happening. BUT I do think she has dropped a little bit as I get the zinging sensation from time to time. But only maybe once/twice a day.
aksnods - 134 days ago
I'm nesting. Have had so Muchh happen during this pregnancy that I'm ready for labor. I just want to pick stuff up off the floor again lol.
jojo - 139 days ago
Feeling pretty good too thanks hun.. yes been having BH for a while but have noticed they are definitely increasing this past week and they are feeling tighter.. no nesting yet tho haha 1 more week in work! ! :-)
bonitadiane - 140 days ago
Yeaaaah JoJo. So exciting. How you feeling? Any cramping or BH ?
I've been feeling pretty good. Some cramping. And lots of nesting. Everyday I'm cleaning something.lol
blondeabby - 152 days ago
Congrats Lj and Glowing!!!! I don't think my girl will be coming early:( 2 weeks to go...I have a feeling she will be right on time:)
LJ06 - 153 days ago
COngrats to you too, glowing! Glad you had a natural labor this time :)
glowingwith2 - 153 days ago
Thank you Afshanm! I uploaded a couple of pictures! I will be following you ladies, so please post birth announcements! :) xx
snooks - 154 days ago
Baby is head down, facing mostly towards the back. Yay! 3rd time is a charm for being in the right position. Cervix unchanged.
afshanm07 - 154 days ago
Congrats glowingwith2 I do hope all goes well for me and others too
glowingwith2 - 154 days ago
Lj, congrats on your arrival!!! I also had my baby. He was born 10/01. I was dilated to 4cm at my dr appt on Tuesday, I wasn't feeling in labor so went home with a dr appt scheduled for Thursday to check my status. I woke up the next morning at 3:30, made coffee, did my makeup, and was ting contractions. When they got to 3 to 5 mins apart I went to the hospital (arrived at 6:15), they checked me and I was 8cm. I was shocked since I wasn't in any pain. I called my mom and told her to hurry... She arrived, I got a fentenol shot for pain (it was too late for epidural). They checked me again and I was 10. They said doctor is on his way and try not to push until he arrived. Once he got there, he broke my water and Dylan arrived 15 mins later at 8:51am. 6lbs 9oz, 20inches. That whole birthing experience is much easier without pitocin!! Hope you ladies are hanging in there! Your babies will be here soon!!
LJ06 - 154 days ago
I ended up being induced Monday, Sept 29th. Baby boy was born only four hours after they broke my water, no pitocin, no meds. He's perfect and healthy, but a TINY 5 lbs 9 oz. My doctor figured that the placenta, which was small, was the cause of his small size. He's doing perfect, no breathing or respiratory issues so perhaps I was farther along than I thought ;) Hoping you ladies have smooth easy labors and healthy babes!
blondeabby - 158 days ago
I finally went for my hospital tour tonight. Hubby gets in car and says...wow we are really having a baby!! Lol
glowingwith2 - 158 days ago
I'm with you Blonde, I walked 3 miles up and down hills this weekend. On Saturday night my hips were killing me!! I was too scared to walk like that again on Sunday. I ended up trying Castor Oil Sunday at noon, by 9pm I was having lots of contractions... this morning at 4am I lost a big chunk of my plug and it had blood in it. I was so excited! The contractions have now subsided. :( Come on baby! I want you out!!
blondeabby - 159 days ago
I have gained 54 lbs so far!! Yikes! I am wearing smaller mat clothes then when I gained 40. So weird? We went out and did errands Friday afternoon. Ended up being out for 6 hrs. Omg my hips that night were killing!! Will not being doing that again:( I just want to lay on my back!
glowingwith2 - 163 days ago
37 Weeks - Woohoo!! I swear I thought I would never make it this far. I'm trying not to get sad about the stretch marks. I can tell I have 3 so far. Trying my best to keep my belly lubed up. Fingers crossed I'm able to get this baby out before it gets too out of control. I've gained 37 pounds as of today. Crazy that last time I gained 47 and had none at the time of delivery. A few small ones popped up 3 days postpartum. My mom has a ton, so I guess mine aren't as bad as they could have been. :(
morenazaChihuahuense - 167 days ago
My last ba by was 8lbs9oz.... but I had him 2 he ars ago and I was revently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.... before I got preggers ..thats why they will be inducing I believe, as im a HRP.. I dont even believe it still that im almost done with prwgnancy.... I was at school most of the time, then clinicals...that I didnt thougbt too much of it, and now time has gone!! :-( bitter sweet as its my last baby, im getting fixed!!
mammaramirez - 168 days ago
I'm expected to birth a 9-10 pounder as well but I already proved I can handle that because my first was 9 lbs 4 oz and 22 inches long. I also don't feel that this one is going to be as big although his measurements on every ultrasound have been in the 95th percentile... I'm still not worried :)
morenazaChihuahuense - 168 days ago
Great mamma..... im not sure why they are inducing me...lol guess the measurements of the u/s and they dont want me to have a 10lb baby...lol. but my due date isnt til oct 4th ! But will be having a september baby!! :$)
mammaramirez - 168 days ago
I had my apt today. I am 2cm dilated, still thick and he's still at -3. We discussed scheduling a date for induction just in case he doesn't want to come out after his due date.... I'm due Oct 7th and we're giving him until Oct 13th to get here on his own.
morenazaChihuahuense - 169 days ago
Thanks mamma...... well, im still dikated as last week...that was a bummer :-( ...
The PA doc stripped my membranes, was super uncomfortable...she did not even told me what was she going to do >:| ....I was told she was checking my pelvic for dilation , not stripping :-/.... anyways, then my actual doc came and gave me a date to induce me...so by next thursday I have to go to hospital at 5am if I havent gone in labor myself!!!
Had the u/s done and baby measuring at 8lb5oz and NST was good!!
mammaramirez - 169 days ago
Morenaza - good luck on your appts today! We're inching closer to finally holding our babes day by day
morenazaChihuahuense - 170 days ago
Awwee. Good luck on your fridays appt.... I have appt in the morning, actually 3 appts :-/ regular NST, ultrasound and my ob appt!! I bet your baby mamma will be as gorgeous as his lil brother !! I got a 3d/4d with my last son and he looked identical to the u/s, now this baby has very similarities to my other kids and indeed will be as beautiful as them♡♡!! I hope I more dilated , just waiting for his arrival...since yesterday ive been having cramping like pain (similar prior your menst.period) and lots of pressure .... :-/ I second you on how uncomfy pelvic exams are!! :(
mammaramirez - 170 days ago
I had a dream that I had my baby. In the dream he was a whopping 9lbs 14 ounces. It seemed so real. I was crying in the dream because I couldn't remember the birth experience. Even my baby boy in my dreams is beautiful and if he looks anything like his brother (which based off the ultrasounds he does), he's going to be gorgeous!
mammaramirez - 171 days 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 - 173 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 down...my 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??
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