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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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funtimemum80 - 16.1 hours ago
Officially full term!! I'm so happy I could cry lol have every sign going but no baby, but at least whatever happends from now I am delivering a healthy baby at term : )

JDH - 4 days ago
2 more days in week 37. I am EXHAUSTED! I'm trying to enjoy being pregnant because I know I will miss it when it's over but I can't stop dreaming of my tiny baby girl!

expectingmysecondangel - 5 days ago
Hey ladies! I don't get on here too much but I hope everyone is doing fine.. We are almost there !!!! :) Im having a c section on August 8 at 7:30am, since my first baby was also a c section and I also have a blood disorder called Von willenbrand disease which makes my blood really thin and bad coagulation. So my doctor and hematologist both agree that it would be safer to just plan a c section so they can get me all prepared a day before .

susieq2582 - 5 days ago
lila2cute - I am right there with you. The not knowing when it will happen kills me every time.

lila2cute:-) - 6 days ago
I've been having contractions the last few days but nothing that sticks... Hoping I make it till the end :)

JDH - 7 days ago
I had a couple of good contractions while working outside but nothing for a few hours now. I'm feel like I'm trying to rush the baby but I'm just so excited! I'm the type of person that likes to have everything planned and babys don't care about your plans!

vickiessecret - 7 days ago
Thanks Sue, that's what everyone is telling me too and I feel that way myself. Definitely not agreeing to a section unless I can't get him out on my own. I just hope he comes within the next week and I won't have to deal with this crap :) Off to 38 weeks tomorrow!!

susieq2582 - 7 days ago
The count down is on for my doctor. Her last day is Friday, and then I am in the awkward position of calling someone from her practice that I don't know or using the on-call doctor to deliver the baby. I am really hoping it happens before Friday because I love my doctor. We shall see. I was 2cm at my appointment on Friday, and 70% effaced. Not that it means much since I was in a similar situation with my second son and he came a week or two later on his due date.

susieq2582 - 7 days ago
vickiessecret - I would definitely push for the vaginal delivery. You have a proven track record of being able to deliver, and the ultrasound weight estimates can be off especially at this stage when it is hard to get good measurements because the baby is taking up so much space. You know your body better than anyone, and doctor's are just trying to cover their liability.

ira456 - 8 days ago
Good luck vickie, I hope it all goes well and that baby is not too big!

vickiessecret - 8 days ago
I'm really nervous and anxious. I see high risk dr's at my 36+3 day ultrasound baby was estimated at 8lbs 7oz, which is 3,827 grams. I have another growth scan coming un next Monday on the 28th, dr told me if baby is measuring at 4,500 or larger, they won't induce me on my due date like the wanted to and they are pushing for me to have a C-section. Which I don't want. I'm really hoping that his weight was off last time and maybe he was only 7lbs 7oz instead of 8lbs 7oz. 4,500 grams is 9lbs 9oz-9lbs 15oz. I honestly feel that I could deliver that and everyone is telling me to go with how I'm feeling about it. Now if I have this ultrasound and they tell me he is 11lbs, I would reconsider, but if he's only measuring at alittle over 9lbs I know I can do it. My daughter was 8lbs 12oz and my easier delivery too. I've have 3 successful vaginal deliveries in the past. So I'm pushing to not have surgery, unless I can't get him out on my own. I'd hate to go along with surgery for him to come out at just under 9lbs & I knew I could deliver that. So I'm stressing about this for the next week, I'm trying not to, but it's super hard not to. I'm praying he comes out this week and then I won't have to worry about any of it. :/

lila2cute:-) - 9 days ago
JDH- yes I am having my fourth baby boy :) I really wanted a girl but now that I've had some time to let it sink in I'm good with four boys :) and we can always try again <3 I have not done any shopping other than some big items. But no cloths or diapers. I'm hoping I'll get a kit from the baby shower. <3 I know what you mean about feeling big... I felt like that Friday at work and it sucks!!! Almost to the finish line :) we are so close!!! We got this!!!!

JDH - 9 days ago
Wow! I'm working today and I feel super pregnant! I've been feeling really great up until today. Hopefully it's a good thing. I've been having some discomfort in my way upper thighs. Like my pelvic region. I'm thinking the baby HAS dropped like my husband said because of all the sudden changes in discomfort! Hope you are all enjoying your day!

JDH - 10 days ago
And Lila-I have not had a shower and probably wont. I just feel weird about having a shower for my 3rd child. After she is born I might throw something together for the ladies of my family. My husband has a big close family and I know all the aunts would love a special 'meet and greet' with the baby. Did you find out the sex of the baby? Are you waiting to buy baby gear until the after the shower??

JDH - 10 days ago
I have been complaining about a little bit of pelvic pain, so hopefully that a good sign! Officially 37 weeks today! Let's get this labor train moving!!

lila2cute:-) - 10 days ago
JDH- Yay, I hope you have dropped :) Everyone says I look like I have and I have noticed a lot more pressure down in that lower area but I don't think I will be going into labor anytime soon. I hope not anyway, my baby shower/sprinkle is not until the 2nd and I want to make it till than at least :) So at least 2 more weeks :) Have you had a baby shower and if so did it go well?

JDH - 10 days ago
Not officially 37 weeks until tomorrow, but no one has been talking in 36 weeks for a while! My husband says that it looks like the baby has dropped today. After doing some reading online, it says that this usually doesn't happen until labor has begun for women that have had more than 1 baby....? I'm not convinced. I haven't had any contractions for 3 or 4 days! Disappointing! I told my doctor that I didn't want him to check me Tuesday just because I didn't want any false hope. I am, however, looking forward to my next appointment to see if I've even started progressing at all.

lila2cute:-) - 11 days ago
Yay!!!! 37 weeks and officaly full term :) let the count down begin <3

lila2cute:-) - 11 days ago
After midnight I'll be joining you all in week 37 :) yay!!! - 11 days ago
I'll be 38 Sat.... I had my appt today and I am 2cm Yay!!! I blve he did a sweep today as well hopefully won't be long...been having mild cramping but nothing to brag about... Hope all is well with all of my preggo sisters😀

ira456 - 11 days ago
Im 38 weeks tomorrow!!! Whahoo

susieq2582 - 11 days ago
The 2 year old still hasn't gotten any more bumps and he is acting normal. My 6 year old has a fever and a stomachache. I just keep my fingers crossed that baby stays in for the next week or so. My last one came on his due date, so I think all will work out just fine.

JDH - 11 days ago
By next week I'll probably be thinking that it's time to get this done with! I've been enjoying this pregnancy very much and it is hard to believe I'm so close already! I have been having thoughts of WHAT IF THE BABY ISNT HEALTHY?! Those are annoying! Why do mothers worry themselves insane??? - 12 days ago
Susieq my 2yr old just got over that....she had it bad it was the worst she couldn't eat sleep and she was very irritable.... I'm soo glad its gone it took abt a wk or so...hope he gets well soon

ira456 - 12 days ago
I hope it all works out for you susieq!

susieq2582 - 12 days ago
I am done hoping for this pregnancy to end soon. My 2 year old son has hand foot and mouth disease. It is only on his chin, and hasn't impacted his appetite. But, I do NOT want my baby born before that disease has left my house. Doctor says that if the baby comes before my son is better I will have to send my sick son to his grandma's. I will not be happy sending my sick boy away even if it is only 8 minutes from my house.

ira456 - 13 days ago
I'd be so jealous if they are! - 13 days ago
I feel ya pain both my girls went 2days over...Praying that doesn't happen with this one because I am honestly over this pregnancy.... I wonder what happen to all the ladies who were in wk 36 ladies must have been having there babies

ira456 - 13 days ago
I had a bunch of contractions all last week but hardly anything this week. I really think I'll end up overdue just because I want to be done so badly. I'm feeling huge! - 13 days ago
I looked it up and it does makes since but idk that method still snds like a gamble....Anybody been having ne true feet is continually swelling even b4 I walk, its the worst....

vickiessecret - 13 days ago
Hello 37 weeks & full term :)

ira456 - 14 days ago
Did you look it up? Does it make sense? If you try again and it doesn't work im sorry!!! Some men don't have as much Y chromosomes in their sperm as others so if thats the case it would be difficult. And yah, im totally with you, I want my baby out so badly! - 14 days ago
You ladies are gonna convince me to try again.....😁just came from doing my daily walk hopefully its helping, I gave my bundle of joy her eviction notice a wk ago

JDH - 14 days ago
I can say we were aiming for a girl and paid attention to my 'dates'. It worked! We would've been super happy with another boy too though. It was fun to try!

ira456 - 14 days ago
Its basically aiming for your peak day, staying away from food containing citric acids etc... try looking it up online. - 14 days ago
What's that

ira456 - 14 days ago
Haha that is funny. Have you tried the shettles method? It worked for me when trying for a boy. - 14 days ago
IRA my husband wants his boy but 3 GIRLS that's alot if I was guaranteed a boy then I wuld but idk that's a big gamble...I told him I'll get him a boy dog.....he looked at me like I was krazy

susieq2582 - 14 days ago
Braxton hicks contractions are a tightening of the uterus, but they usually aren't painful (just uncomfortable). The real ones are painful and they do get stronger and closer together. With my last one, I had real ones that would fluctuate from close together to far apart, so I knew I wasn't in active labor yet. That lasted for TWO WEEKS prior to my water breaking. I was beyond frustrated by the time real labor actually started. I am not sure if I already told you ladies, but I am really hoping the baby comes early (next week) as my doctor is moving to Michigan July 25th. I live in Illinois, so if he comes after the 25th I get the on call doctor for delivery.

ira456 - 14 days ago
Are going to try again? - 15 days ago
Megalo I'm definitely wit u on that one every time I hav painful cramps and my stomach tightens I jus kno my cervix is dilating a lil but every doc visit nothing smh its very disappointing. Ira your lucky i wish this couldve been my tie breaker😀

ira456 - 15 days ago
To me they feel like bad menstrual cramps and your belly gets really hard and tight. They typically last between 30-60 seconds each time. My real contractions feel like that too but the Braxton hicks ones are supposed to go away if you go for a walk and the real ones get worse.

JDH - 15 days ago
I'm a little confused about Braxton hicks. I never remember them with my previous pregnancies, so I never learned much about them. The other night, I was having regular intervals of cramping. They were strong enough to wake me up. I probably had about 6, one every 30 mins. Would those be considered Braxton hicks to any of you ladies? I have had a feeling that I will be delivering this baby early for sometime and am scared about making it to the hospital in time because we are pretty far away, so I'm trying to pay very close attention to my body. Any advice on BH would be great!

ira456 - 15 days ago
No I have two boys as well. This pregnancy was the tie breaker. I'm pretty sure im done but I've said that before and look what happened.

megalo - 15 days ago
I'm closed also with the head down. I was disappointed because I had a ton of cramps and thought something was happening. We can't do this forever though. - 15 days ago
It's seeming like the only baby stories I'm having are in my dreams.....I am just so rdy...I get disappointed evertime I go to the Dr n my cervix is still closed...only new news I received was that when she did my exam that she can feel her head which rlly means rdy to c my lil one

megalo - 15 days ago
Early term!!! I'm so excited. And the birth stories are starting! - 16 days ago
IRA r u finished or r u gonna try for a boy

ira456 - 16 days ago
Yes, this is just about over! I want to meet my little girl! It's my third daughter as well! - 17 days ago
Hello 37 weeks!!!! I am so anxious and excited!!! Hoping to have baby girl #3 soon

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