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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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beckym - 12 days ago
School is starting on the 31st for my elementary schooler and my middle schooler. My mom has open heart surgery scheduled for 8/27. Baby is due 9/7, I have to figure out the best Avenue for my 7 year Olds teeth, white caps are not an option apparently, second opinion might be best, so many things to get done before baby is here! I am happy that at least these are her baby teeth, she gets another chance, but I am going to push for them to fill the cavities rather than cap them.

beckym - 12 days ago
I think my turkey popper broke from my gallbladder surgery. Every other time I was 37 plus weeks pregnant my turkey popper as I like to call my innie belly button turning outtie at the end of the pregnancy. They made the main laproscopic cut right under my belly button and fixed a minor hernia while they were there, so maybe my turkey popper is broken now?

beckym - 13 days ago
Them saying 6 cavities for my one daughter turned into needing 1 to 3 caps, apparently for children they only do stainless steel fillings. I am not a happy camper right now, looking for possible dentists for second opinions, this sucks.

beckym - 13 days ago
Ugh, dentist didn't go so well for my one daughter, my son had no cavities, my youngest had 4 cavities, which turned out to be just 2 to work on.

beckym - 13 days ago
Today is my current youngest's official 4th birthday, a day I don't mind so much that I don't go into labor not to complicate birthdays further.

beckym - 14 days ago
Lol kekea! Free2bmom, that is exactly why I think I am having a boy, when I carried my son I was so much more uncomfortable than when I carried my girls, this time leaving it a mystery and feeling many discomforts, I am compelled to lean toward believing this is a boy.

Free2Bmom - 14 days ago
Four and a half years ago I remember being soooooooooo swollen and miserable when I was at the end of my pregnancy with my son so it feels weird that I feel so good this time around. I remember hating women who were feeling good at the end and now I'm one of them. I have a few pregnancy woes but for the most part I'm not ready for her to come out yet. Her room and everything is ready but I'm scared I'll get post pardum and miss having her inside me bootin around. I've skipped making doctors appointments for the last month cause I don't feel like I need to see him for anything.... And it's a two and a half hr drive to see him. I go on Friday though and now my apts are at labour and delivery at the hospital instead of regular office visits. Has anyone lost their plug yet? I keep expecting to see it every time I go to the washroom but nothing so far. Hope everyone else is feeling good and staying healthy!

kekea - 15 days ago
Beckym just got exhausted reading your post. lol.

beckym - 16 days ago
It was a very busy weekend for me while wrestling with the discomforts of the last month of pregnancy, Saturday we celebrated my current youngest's 4th birthday at Chuck E cheeses, Sunday we went to the renassaince fair, and Monday I nested cleaning the house like crazy while also getting the kids to help and then celebrated the sparkly house results by taking the kids swimming at the Ymca luckily Johnny came home as we were gearing to go, so I had back up, and lucked out because there was a open class for water zumba happening in one of the pools, Johnny watched the kids while I tried that out for the first time, what a way to stay limber! Low impact too, some of it was too quick for me in my present condition starting the class out, so I slowed my movements down when need be, today is my day of rest, the kids are too, lol.

beckym - 16 days ago
Thanks! Those are the 2 I am leaning towards, my husband isn't on board with the piper middle name, but then again looking at history he wasn't on board with Felicity until she was born.

kekea - 16 days ago
JR and Piper... Serenity Piper flows well together. All beautiful choices though

beckym - 16 days ago
Name game... Serenity Aurora Serenity Piper Serenity Rebecca Johnathan Daniel Jr. Wesley Daniel

beckym - 17 days ago
Woo hoo! Group b strep test came out negative, no antibiotics for me!

beckym - 17 days ago
37 weeks today! Considered full term, wow the time is flying by now! School is about to start, due date on the 7th, I looked back to when my due date was with michelle, I was remembering it wrong for ages. She was due 8/26/11 and born 8/21, 5 days early, anthony was 3 days early, Felicity was 3 days late. I am curious when this one will greet the world, being full term now, I am audibly letting go a sigh of relief that we are well into the safe zone and welcome the baby to come when baby is ready.

mrscephas - 23 days ago
Got a VBAC class tomorrow which I'm really looking forward to.

mrscephas - 23 days ago
Glad to know I'm considered full term though baby boy still well comfy inside. I'd an episode of gushing while passing urine which had me thinking it was my waters going but no, just some 'extra urine' from somewhere in my bladder.

claraxx - 26 days ago
Congratulations skydive 💐

beckym - 29 days ago
Congrats skydive! 💓

ShoppNhelpsD - 29 days ago
Wow skydive! So glad baby is healthy! Im happy for u! 😊

mrscephas - 29 days ago
Wow, congrats skydive, that must've been scary. I'd an emergency c-section with my son and I totally get how quickly things can turn. I've been offered an elective with this one due to the gestational diabetes and prev scar but I'm hoping to have a VBAC, fingers crossed. I'd like to be given a chance at a natural birth though my consultant just wants the baby out at 39 weeks. Kekea, my BP was about 120/70 so they weren't worried though it's normally about 110 systolic. Here's to the next 2 weeks.

Kekea - 29 days ago
Congrats skydive!!! What a happy ending to such a dangerous situation...

skydive - 29 days ago
Well ladies. I guess my journey ends here. I had my daughter on August 2 at 37w+2d by emergency C-section after the nurse found out that I had prolapse of umbilical cord. The baby is healthy was born 8.3lb and 22'. Wish you all patience and healthy babies and as normal as possible deliveries. Thank you for being with me all this time

Kekea - 29 days ago
Mrscephas. Wow it sounds like you had an eventful night. Sorry your in so much pain but I am glad that your baby is doing well. Seems like your body Is definantly preparing to deliver. Was your blood pressure fine?

mrscephas - 29 days ago
I tell you kekea, last night I had this niggling abdominal pain (and half thought I was going into labour) but it was more of a dull, boring pain every 5-10 sec and mostly on my right side. Any way, I went in to be checked out since baby wasn't as active as his normal self, either. CTG was good and baby's heart rate was 140-170. There was leukocytes and protein in my urine, so they sent it off to the lab. They allowed me home and advised me to take paracetamol for the pain and see how things go.

Kekea - 30 days 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 - 30 days 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 - 33 days ago
37 weeks!!!! Yay 💖 happy for baby to come anytime soon!

lil.pumpkins - 34 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 - 34 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 - 34 days ago
Erica, how is everything going?

beckym - 34 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 - 34 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 - 34 days ago
Lil.pumpkin how was your appt.

lil.pumpkins - 34 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 - 34 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 - 34 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 - 35 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 - 35 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 - 35 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 - 35 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 - 36 days ago
Good luck Erica, so exciting that you will be meeting your little one in less than a week!

lil.pumpkins - 36 days ago
that sounds so exciting Erica I hope it all goes well and can't wait to hear your good news :)

Kekea - 36 days ago
Good luck with your surgery. Hoping all symptoms resolve once your bundle is here...

xEricaLynn - 36 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 - 36 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 - 37 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 - 38 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 - 38 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 - 38 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 - 38 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.

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