Your baby continues to grow this week and weighs about 6.8 pounds. His crown-to-rump length is still about 14 inches and total length is around 21 inches. Most women do not grow any larger during the last few weeks of their pregnancy. From the top of your uterus to your bellybutton is about 6.5 to 7 inches. You may be very uncomfortable now-you are almost there!
Just before real labor contractions start, you might notice false labor contractions. These should not be confused with Braxton-Hicks contractions. False labor contractions can be as strong as real labor contractions, but do not get closer and may go away if you get up to walk around. Contractions help dilate the cervix and encourage your water to break. Your baby could be born any day now, but only 5% of mothers deliver on their actual due date!
Over the last few weeks of pregnancy, your baby has been building up waste materials in the intestines. This waste material is known as meconium and is greenish-black in color. Meconium is made up of cells that your baby has shed, lanugo and other substances. Meconium is the first waste that your baby will pass after birth. However, sometimes babies pass meconium before delivery and are delivered with greenish-black waste covering their body. Special care must be taken when a baby passes meconium in the womb.
If your baby is a boy, his testes should have descended into his scrotum by this time. When your baby boy is born, both of his testes should be in place. Approximately 1% of babies are born with undescended testes. Because an undescended testis can cause infertility issues and increase the risks of testicular cancer, your baby's doctor will examine both testes after birth.
The baby's skull is not fully solid as the five bony plates, known as fontanels (little fountains), are still separate and can be pushed together. Birth may mold and elongate the fetal head, a safety precaution to reduce the skull's diameter for an easier birth, without damaging the fetal brain. After delivery, the baby's head returns to a rounded shape. Eyes have no tear ducts yet, they appear a few weeks after birth.
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bonitadiane - 8 days ago
Oh boy... So close.. Hello week 38!!!!
afshanm07 - 11 days ago
This never happened to me either just praying that every things go well
blondeabby - 11 days ago
So tired of people asking if she is still on the inside!!!!!!
snooks - 11 days ago
Still hanging on. My ultrasound due date is Oct 23 and my LMP due date is Oct 19. With both other kids born at 38w4d, I'm watching every second tick by. I wonder if I'll be able to have Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow?
afshanm07 - 14 days ago
I have pains too like diarriah or upset tummy cramps. But then they go away i thought maybe if i work home alot like chors and stuff mopping and cleaning maybe that might make me go into labor. I dont know. But my stuff is ready and im still keeping fingers crossed my bottom and bikini hurts bad to even from lying on bed. Totaly tired now
blondeabby - 15 days ago
I thought it was it yesterday. Contractions for about 3 hrs 20 minutes apart and lasted for about 1 min each. Then they just stopped:( Even with me crying they did not start again:(
I can't wait. The pressure down there is so painful. People keep calling me to see if I am ok...and why is the baby still on the inside!! Wth is wrong with people!!!
I hope you ladies are having more fun then me!
afshanm07 - 15 days ago
Week 38 well im the the third one left snooks i got mu exam today and dr said that baby head is high
snooks - 15 days ago
Blondabby, I'm so ready for baby to arrive. My back and hips are so sore, and everything is lifting and picking up off the floor with two toddlers. I need a fricken nap and it never happens. Family says, Let me know how I can help but when asked, there is always a reason why they aren't available. Damn, I'm getting cranky. I'm going to have to face labour exhausted.
blondeabby - 16 days ago
Snooks I think we maybe the only ones left:( I go to see the ob today. She is doing a sweep. But secretly I hope she wants to induce me;) I am so uncomfortable. I just want to sleep for more then an hour. My hips are killing. I feel like all I do is complain right now:( I would really like her out:) I don't want to leave the house anymore either...so tired of people saying I am so big or still no baby? I might physically hurt someone soon!!
snooks - 17 days ago
Well, here I am in week 38. Maybe. The ultrasound sizing date is 5 days later than my LMP date. Both my daughters were born at 38w4d. So....based on one date, that's Oct 8. The other is Oct 13. Waiting game. Had shooting pains up my who who today, so maybe cervix is doing something, or head is putting pressure on to move into the pelvis.
blondeabby - 17 days ago
I can't believe I made it 38 weeks! This baby is huge now! My ob says almost 10lbs by feel? My last 2 were in the 7s ...,wth:( I just want to meet her so much! I know nature will take its course and everything but I cried for a few hrs yesterday about it still!!
morenazachihuahuense - 23 days ago
Hi ladies..... im home now...my baby was born 9/26 at 11:45am....
After a cancelled inducion date docs called me at 10pm that night 9/25 to tell me to come in...I got to hospital at 1:30am started all the paperwork and headed to my assigned room... I must say that it was my best experience...all the staff was SUPER nice to me.... I started w pitosin around 4 am...I was boomed to be at 4 cm still :-( then the dose increased from 25 units to 53 (max for me) contractions werent bad or painful.... more like an upset stomach, then around 11am I started to feel nauseous and they now got a lil stronger.. I was offered the epidural but since they werent bad I offset it a lil longer...within 15 mins I dilated to a full 10, and was just checked because I wanted to puke...lol. thank God for my nurse, she said u seem more nauseous let me get doc to check u! And baby was right there...2 pushes and he was out...medicine free!! I can only com0are my pain to the menstrual cramping... lol
He weighted 6 lbs.12 ozs and 20 inches long! Then I got my tubal ligament on sat , no more babies for me!! But im super sore :-(
mammaramirez - 26 days ago
morenaza - anything new? Were they able to get you in?
morenazachihuahuense - 27 days ago
So, im still here at home...I was supposed to head to hospital at 430am today but received a call at 345 to hold on til further notice....all the rooms were full and still are...they told me to check back at noon, I did and nothing still!! :-/ so gotta call back at 8pm... 1.5 hrs more and see what they say!!
mammaramirez - 28 days ago
Everyone is having their babies! I'm exhausted! STILL pregnant here (thank goodness) although after Saturday I'll be whining. I'm not getting much sleep, I'm nesting like a mad woman. I have been for the past month now. I have the diaper bag packed (mostly, still need to put a few diapers and the wipes in there). My hospital bag..... not so much... I don't know what to bring!!!! I can't remember what I did when I had my first.
mammaramirez - 30 days ago
Braxtons, false labor contractions..... you name it.. I've been dealing with them every day. Especially at night. I have an appointment this Friday. I tested negative for the Group B strep this time around.. HOORAY!
leanbean - 35 days ago
Letti was born on Monday the 15th at 9:58 p.m. She was 20' long and 6 lbs. 12 ounces. Once again she surprised us! I went to my appointment Monday morning and her heart rate wasn't fluctuating like they like to see, so Dr. Leavitt sent me straight over to the hospital and got me started. They broke my water at about 1 and started me on pit at about 3. I got an epidural at about 6 and after 3 others, I finally had one that worked and it was awesome after those pit contractions! We are both doing wonderful and are so thankful. Good luck girls! Sending labor dust your way!
MOMIIB - 35 days ago
That's great Lori, 2 down 8cm to go ;-) sorry it was Painful. My first one wasn't, but last weeks was. I hope Fridays isnt bad! I am about 80% unpacked And settled, these last 6 boxes are gonna drive me crazy though lol. We decided to wait to decorate (mainly paint) till after the baby comes, there just isn't enough time, or energy LOL. plus, I can get the in laws to help and keep them busy LOL :-)
LoriandRichie - 36 days ago
MOM I'm glad you're getting settled. New home, new baby...lots of exciting changes!! I was dilated to 2 today. This was was the first time I've had my cervix checked this pregnancy. It was very painful, I don't remember it being like that. Although it has been 13 years, so maybe I just blocked it from my memory lol.
MOMIIB - 36 days ago
Whoo hoo, happy she isnt too big Lori!!!! We moved, finally, PTL, now just trying to get everything settled before he arrives! My next appointment is Friday! :-)
Soo close ladies, cant wait to see birth announcements!!!!!!
LoriandRichie - 36 days ago
It went well. Per the ultrasound she weighs 9.3 now, so not too big, no c section. I have another appt today to check my cervix.
Mzholston - 37 days ago
How was your ultrasound Lori?
LoriandRichie - 38 days ago
I have an ultrasound tomorrow for Shae's weight. Hopefully she's not ginormous like they think she is.
LoriandRichie - 38 days ago
MZ that's a beautiful name! Leanbean ill keep my fingers crossed for a Thursday bday for Letti!
Mzholston - 38 days ago
Her name is Jae'lyn Anastasia Bennett. I am very excited to be holding her so soon. Beyond ready to see who has been growing in me for these past 9 months. I do hope you ladies have wonderful quick labors.
leanbean - 38 days ago
I'm thinking Thursday is a good day to get Miss Letti here. I have an appointment and I'm hoping to go in with lots of good contractions and then they can just send me to the hospital! hahahah... Hey I can dream right!?!? Starting to get super antsy, but wishing my energy would just come back!MOMII~ I think Lori has a good idea! hahahahaha...MZH~ Good luck Friday!!! I'm sorry to hear that you've been so sick!
LoriandRichie - 38 days ago
MZ how exciting knowing you'll be holding your princess within the next 5 days!! What is her name?
MOM good luck! Call all your friends and family to help with putting everything away. You can act as supervisor lol :)
Mzholston - 38 days ago
I am set for a c section this friday. So as long as she stays in until then thats when my baby girl should be arriving. I am eager with anticipation because this pregnancy has been so stressful and ive been sick every step of the way. Im fighting low iron low potassium and a possible skin infection but I know things will be ok. Praying for yall! Lots of labor dust and love from us and csnt wait to read all the born stories ladies. God bless!
MOMIIB - 38 days ago
Leanbean! We have pretty much everything here now, now to put it all up and away LOL.
LORI, right.....crazy how fast time flies!
Excited for all of us.
LoriandRichie - 39 days ago
Oh it's getting close!! I've been checking everyday to see if any of you ladies have given birth. It's amazing how quickly the time has gone by...I remember when I joined at 10 weeks, and now here we are on the home stretch!! So exciting!! :)
leanbean - 39 days ago
MOMII~ Good luck with your move tomorrow!
MOMIIB - 40 days ago
Out of the OB, I am 1cm and 50% effaced! :-)
MOMIIB - 41 days ago
38weeks today, eeeek! OB appointment tomorrow! Moving into the new house Sunday....talk about cutting it close LOL! Hoping little man stays comfy til next week!
email@example.com - 52 days ago
Hey ladys long time no talk! Well i had my gorgeous beautiful most wonderful baby boy Kaleb Rylan Daniel on August 21st at 5:29am weighing 8lbs 9oz and 19 1/4 inch long. And im so so so much in love. Hes the most beautiful person ive ever met my entire life
Baby ali - 59 days ago
mash- u did good, holding the baby in ur arms now all worth it :0) can't wait till am done and holding the baby in my arms :0)
firstname.lastname@example.org - 59 days ago
it was long and painful baby ali. at my ob appt he did a sweep then sent me off to the hospital due to my bp. he inserted cervidil. i was having uncomfortable contractions that were kind of painful until about 9am the next day when they broke my water. by that point i was only 2-3 cm. a few hours later i was only 4-5 so i had a shot of something...cant remember the name of it. it didnt take away the pain just took the edge off to allow my body to relax a bit and dilate. within an hour or so the nurse checked me and said i could try pushing because i was 10 cm. however, my dr was busy. my body was so good at doing what it needed to do i didnt end up pushing....within 3 or 4 contractions he was out, delivered by the nurses. and i have never bee so scared. his cord was wrapped around his neck....and there was a true kot in his cord. when the dr got there to stitch me up because i tore, he said i have one lucky baby. i am so thankful he is here safe :)
Baby ali - 61 days ago
mash- CONGRARULATIONS one induction successful story 😃 how did they induce you???
hope u recover quickly😃
email@example.com - 62 days ago
Well, I am so in love. I was induced starting Wednesday night because of my blood pressure. I had one shot of something to take the edge off and let my body relax a bit, but had no epidural. And my son was delivered by the nurse because I went from 4-10 so fast the Dr was unavailable lol. I want even pushing my body did all the work very quickly lol. And I am so lucky to have him. His cord was wrapped around his neck and there was a true knot in it. ... the few minutes after he was born were very scary but he seems to be ok. Dr says we will probably go home this evening :)
sarah6485 - 62 days ago
Funtime Cramps is a good sign most likely cervix thinning and opening and also a clear out is a good sign of something happening to good luck.
Baby Ali I give up on all the ways to natural induce I just end up with few tightenings cramps get excited then all stops think I'm sticking to it will come when it comes had a massive walk last night and not even a twinge even the nipple thing doesn't do anything for me so I'm just gona stay active as usually but the rest il leave for now haha
Baby ali - 62 days ago
Funtime- maybe something's happening if ur geting cramps, fingers crossed :0) dnt worry baby will be in ur arms soooon :0)
funtimemum80 - 62 days ago
Baby Ali, I can't climb stairs, everytime I move I have to run to the toilet!! All this sweep has done is clear me out!! The belly cramps are hurting so bad I can't sleep but they the wrong cramps I wanted to get tonight : ((
Baby ali - 62 days ago
Funtime- atleast u had a sweep hopefuly it works like Sarah mentioned it go up n down the stairs loads of times and walk that will defo set things off, and if it dsnt then hopefuly next sweep something will happen, dnt worry u will defo have the baby b4 the 30th fingers crossed for you. MIdwife advised me to try n induce labour by myself lol sex and nipple stimulation which isn't doing anything for me to be honest, I just think wen baby is ready it will come out 😃 no need to stress or anything
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