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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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babylove5 - 20.4 hours ago
Lexy I had that hapoen w my last I thought he would come at 37 weeks and he ended up waiting until 41๐Ÿ˜ฃ. Needless to say I try not to guess.. Lol

lexy-b - 22.6 hours ago
Babylove best of luck when it does happen. I think you and I are the only pregos left lol. I feel like crap today, real crampy. I thought forsure we were having a feb or march baby since they thought he was coming early so its a bit of a kicker he seems to be content where he is. Looks like we're going for an April boy.

babylove5 - 2 days ago
Sher I can't wait to see your pics. Floy and Rjean I hope you post pics too! I'm so ready to meet my baby!!!

babylove5 - 2 days ago
Precious I was on a breastfeeding forum last pregnancy and I noticed a few moms saying their nipples were turning white while breastfeeding. They still had milk supply though. Thats all I know on the topic. I am so uncomfortable but the baby is quite happy. I guess we are just hanging out waiting on him.

lexy-b - 2 days ago
Floy my fingers are crossed you were able to go in this morning! Precious I have never heard of that before but im sure its nothing to worry about. My guess is it's something to do with hormone levels or dry skin? I would ask your midwife or doctorc at your next visit.

Preciousgift2 - 2 days ago
Hi ladies...Congrats to those who have already had their little one's. This is the only week with active members so I will post my question here. I am now 36 weeks and have noticed that my aerolas (tits) have lost some of their darkened pigment which they had during the course of my pregnancy...anyone else experienced this? I am worried because I don't know what it means to my milk supply. With my DS I didn't notice any change or I just wasn't paying much attention to them, but I had a very low supply, actually had to introduce formula at 2 days because even the colostrum was jus a few drops and DS was crying so much from hunger.With that backgroud I think the paranoia of a repeat is setting in and with my tits losing the nornmal dark colour typical of pregnancy I can't help but worry.

sher-baby - 3 days ago
Uugh! Wth!...can u go to another hospital? Because your inductions is because of you placenta, isn't it??? It's not like it's just for the hell of it.

floydianslip2 - 3 days ago
Oh ladies, this weekend has not gone at all to plan! My induction has still not happened! They called me just as I was getting ready to head over and told me not to come in, that they're too full. So I spent all day yesterday walking and trying to get things going. Nothing! Got a call this morning letting me know that they are still too full, so full in fact that they've got 3 women laboring in triage because they have no delivery rooms available at this point! So they're hoping that tomorrow will be the day. And I'm hoping so too! I'll keep you all posted.

sher-baby - 3 days ago
Thanks dec baby!! I'm trying not to stress...I know stress effects milk supply too. I got a prescription today for domperidone, the lactation nurse suggested it until I at least get his lil tongue clipped! We shall see...he is such a good baby tho!!! Omg! Wakes up 2times at night to feed, cries when he's hungry!!!..well, so far anyways...we know they all change soo fast, but I've been pretty lucky so far. He is finally peeing and pooping regularly, but I'm sure that's the formula helping him our in that department. I hope all you ladies are doing well....hopefully the end is near for you all!

Dec Baby - 3 days ago
Sher...don't stress about the breast feeding, I know it hurts when your plans don't work out:(...but I have to say, well done to you! To be working so hard to get those first important weeks of milk into your little man, you are amazing! Think of all the joy you're going to have knowing that your baby is not hungry and putting on weight! He will grow perfectly fine on formula milk and on the plus side, you can get hubby to help out with his feeds:))

Dec Baby - 3 days ago
Babylove...oh boy, you can't be serious! I feel sorry that you have a doctor like that:( I'm glad you were able to stand up to him...I think of first time mums that probably would allow a dr. to go ahead. I love my OB...he did everything in his power to make my delivery was natural and did not want to do anything medical to intervene! Even when my membranes ruptured and there were no contractions...L&D were wanting to induce the next day and his reply was we'll see about that!! My OB was totally for me and my baby! Too bad this great doctor is retiring...I'm not sure what I'm going to do if we have another pregnany in the future:(

Dec Baby - 4 days ago
Good luck Floyd! Although I suspect you may already have your precious baby in your arms by now! I hope you have a great labour and delivery! Hugs

babylumpp2015 - 4 days ago
Good luck floy! Can't wait to hear how it goes and excited for you to meet little one! Babylove that does seem a bit intense. I'm all About this membrane sweep because from what the doc said and what I've heard it gets things going if your body is ready and if it's not then it won't work but water breaking seems like a whole other level. The end is so close and as much as I want this over I think I'd have to opt out too unless baby was in danger. Bouncing on a ball and walkingthe stairs all day is my goal! Losing globs of grossness and having some contrax so hopeful this could be the start of good things...wishful thinking anyway!

babylove5 - 4 days ago
My dr wants to break my water Monday but I told him no. My baby is happy and healthy there is no need to bother him. I can't believe he asked me that. I'm not happy that he wants to put me on a schedule its my delivery and baby I'll decide what is best. Natural is best unless you need to for medical reasons.

babylove5 - 4 days ago
Post pics of the baby floy and your birth story!!! I'm excited for you! I'm having real contractions on and off. Im ready when he is. I'm losing weight at this point because I'm so uncomfortable and can't eat but what I did before pregnancy. I'm so excited to meet my baby! Sher at least you are still able to give him some breast milk. I'm glad your baby is doing better!

floydianslip2 - 4 days ago
Well, I'm heading to the hospital in 2 hours for an induction. Wish me luck please ladies, this is my first induction and I'm nervous!

beckym - 4 days ago
Doctors can be dispicable.

babylumpp2015 - 4 days ago
Beckym- I couldn't imagine how terrible that must've been having a kid in there, I feel like it would be too scary with the pain we go through. Makes me nervous to think I may have to bring my kids along until I find someone to watch them because they are very protective and look out for their mama and I know my pain would make them upset. Your labor sounds like my second did it started and stopped and I was ready to go back home and the doc (which mind u wasn't even mine, I had to go to a diff hospital because I had her during a flood and all the roads were flooded out) rushed everything. My babe def would've stayed in but she forced her out with pitocin,water breaking, which lead to oxygen for myself etc. I think she just wanted a pay day and make sure I stayed at that hospital. It was not a great experience. Im hoping this one comes before Tuesday but if a sweep helps and I can do that rather than leading to pitocin then I'm in!

beckym - 4 days ago
Babylump, I went to the hospital with my 3rd, contractions steady and close, then when I was admitted they teetered off, they began picking up again as I walked around the hospital, but they wanted to 3 rush me, so they did a sweep, then broke my water, I regret agreeing to it because doing this rushed my labor too quickly, Michelle was born bumped and bruised a bit, which was a first, my other two were born with none of that, there was no need to rush, no medical emergency, the doctor was just being impatient with my particular case. What was worse was I was going pain meds free again, and my sister in law came in late into labor during the super intense part with her 14 year old daughter THAT I NEVER Cleared To Come Into The hospital. While I am heavy into contractions back to back she leans in to her daughter and says, this is why you shouldn't have sex. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I was so appalled I completely lost my concentration of my happy place, breathing patterns, and the next thing I knew I was being put on oxygen by the staff. Needless to say she is never allowed to be back in my labor room, and about 1 to 2 years later I gave her a piece of my mind about it.

sher-baby - 4 days ago
Wow!!! Having 2 children is MUCH MUCH harder than one!!! Boy am I tired! Woow!!! week Dh goes back to work and I'm very curious to see how that will go! My bb's are much better now but sadly BF'ing isn't going so well...I can't seem to produce enought...Ive been nursing, pumping, squeezing....and repeat all day everyday, and j still can't seem to produce enough for Dallas! Yesterday I started supplamenting because he was peeing uric acid and today he's had 8 wet diapers already and no uric acid! I'm happy he seems to be thriving but sad I can't BF exclusively!!! I'm still nursing, pumping and squeezing so I can give him SOME of my milk, but it really sucks!!! It's not at all what I wanted! On another note, he had our new born pics done today. They will be ready in a few weeks And I can't wait to see them!!

pumpkinfairy - 4 days ago
I had a sweep with my 2nd and had him the same night! so good luck to you babylump hope it works as fast for you., well after drinking 3/4 of a bottle of mountain dew my headache was only half bad, so more mountain dew tonight and tomorrow, Miles got transferred out of nicu onto a regular childrens ward floor, and they told us today by wed he will be home most likely with an ng tube :D

babylumpp2015 - 5 days ago
I was contracting at appt today & doc said If baby isn't here by Tuesday I am set up for a sweep. I'll be 39+1, I'm 2.5-3 cm & only 25% effaced so far. Never had a sweep with my other two. Any of you ladies have experience? How effective are they?

babylumpp2015 - 5 days ago
& thank you ladies. I guess I just can't catch a break in the men department. I know I'll be okay, I am a very strong person at the moment I am still very, very disgusted & angry. I'm sure I'll be upset soon but more so upset this little girl isn't going to have a father to look up too, it just isn't fair to her & I feel I put her in that position. But I know I can't change any of it so I can do nothing but move forward and focus on my little girls & know that he is the one missing out. Thank you for the support ladies. I Will def be on here to get through when labor strikes because that is the only part I am partially nervous for going through alone.

babylumpp2015 - 5 days ago
Babylove I have a feeling you are next to go too. Pumpkinfairy- so sorry to hear, it doesn't sound like a good experience. hope little one latches soon & you can both go home & enjoy time together & really hope you start feeling better as soon as possible! Sherbaby- hows the engorgement going? Who else is left hanging still preg?! Had appt today dialted more & effaced some & baby is looking great which is the first time I got a posiive news and not 'lets send for more tests' so let's go baby, I need you to snuggle!

Dec Baby - 5 days ago
Babylove...I'm so excited to see who will have their baby next! I betting on you๐Ÿ˜‰ hope those contractions start to get more regular...I bet your little ones are excited!! Mine were asking daily If I was going to have the baby! Tomorrow I go home from husband has told that they were all baking blue cupcakes and making cards and signs! Too cute:) I have LOVED my hospital stay...but also looking forward to getting home to my flock;)

Dec Baby - 5 days ago
Sher, how are your bb's going? My milk came in today...aww painful to say the least!! I don't dare pump for fear that my body will just make more!

Dec Baby - 5 days ago
Awww Pumpkin...sounds like NICU are really keeping a close eye on your little that he becomes a pro at feeding before taking him home...I had a terrible time with my 32 weeker, she was doing everything right in NICU and after a week at home she started to lose weight...that whole ordeal is still very traumatic! Oh my, you have seriously scared me off epi' poor thing, hope you can get that one resolved quickly...kinda sounds serious!

babylove5 - 5 days ago
Pumpkin I will pray for your baby to feed well and be able to everything he needs to! That is awful that you hv to hv another epi!! I will pray for u to hv a quick recovery. I hope you are eating well! Let us know when ur baby is home

Dec Baby - 5 days ago
BabyLump...I feel so sorry that you're having to deal with all of this so close to having your baby! I wish you all the strength and courage you will need to get through these days. I am happy though that you will get a beautiful little treasure at the end. I hope that one day you will find someone that will make you and your little ones happy! Try not to let him rob you of this most precious time in your life...sending hugs your way

Dec Baby - 5 days ago
Way to go Floyd...that is so funny! sounds like you're super close to having your little one!! I usually go into labour when I lose mine...I can't believe I didn't happen till almost 6 days later! And also my membranes usually rupture during labour, not beforehand! I couldn't predict anything this time round;)

Dec Baby - 5 days ago
Congratulations Rjean! Well done๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy this special time!

pumpkinfairy - 5 days ago
hey ladies my baby boy is still in nicu :( his only issue is feeding which is weird cause at birth he latched right on me, and took 20 by mouth from a bottle now he takes 5-15 by mouth and they shove the rest down a tube in his nose :( they wont release him til he eats all of it on his own. as far as me I might have to have a 3rd epidural because the anesthesiologist punctured the membrane around the spine so I leak spinal fluid causing severe headaches they fill the hole with your own blood, and thats the last thing I want right now is another spinal!!! congrats rjean and everyone who gave birth glad your enjoying your babies

babylove5 - 5 days ago
Congrats R Jean and pumpkin!!! I'm soo excited to meet my lil guy! I had the real labor contractions last night on and off. I just have to wait on them to stay consistent. Floy I will pray you hv a healthy baby and delivery!!! Babylump there are good guys out there but hard to find! Focus on your children and let it go! I will pray for you to find peace and make sure you get all the child support you need.

sher-baby - 5 days ago
Im sorry Too babylump! I couldn't imagine! And I'm sure, as strong as you are, there is A big big part of your that is hurting badly!! I hope you find the strength to keep going and raising your girls!!

sher-baby - 5 days ago
Congrats rjean!!! Enjoy your lil man!!!

lexy-b - 5 days ago
Congratulations rjean! Can't wait to hear the story. Babylump my heart goes out to you, what a pig! Your better off without him. I have no idea what you must be feeling but know your strong and can handle it. We are all here for support.

floydianslip2 - 5 days ago
Babylump, I'm so sorry to hear that, how disgusting! It breaks my heart to think of you laboring alone... Many prayers being sent your way.

machalaB - 5 days ago
Congrats Rjean!!! Babylump sorry to hear that n Babylove maybe u r next. I got a new OB today n im 38 weeks, God is sooo good!!!

babylumpp2015 - 6 days ago
Babylove- I hope it leads labor!!

babylumpp2015 - 6 days ago
Congrats RJean!!! Enjoy time with your little one! Everyone seems to be having their babies! I thought for sure my day was Tuesday night 9pm-1am I had STRONG contractions every 3 minutes but I was waiting as long as possible to head to hospital and then they slowly faded and disappeared. Have US tomorrow AM to check growth & then apt right after, so I suppose we will see what happens. I am tired & exhausted & it's been a rough few days. I found out my lovely BF who had moved away for a job to 'support' us (which I haven't seen a dime yet) has been trying to patch things up with his ex & hiding & lying about it to the both of us. Men are DISGUSTING. Looks like I will be laboring & delivering by myself since no family is in close distance & FOR SURE have written off men FOREVER apparently this day and age being faithful means nothings to anyone.

floydianslip2 - 6 days ago
Congratulations RJean!!!

RJean - 6 days ago
I had my baby last night! 20' and 7 lbs 11 oz. he is a doll and we are in love! I'll get up the birth story later and enjoy the first day :)

lexy-b - 6 days ago
Omg haha yeah I could see that being a bit embarrassing but they have probably seen it all.

floydianslip2 - 6 days ago
Wow, I've missed so much in the last few days! Congrats Dec and Pumpkin! Sounds like we're all getting so close! Me, I just left the doc, I'm 3 cm and 50%. How embarrassing is this, I lost my plug in my urine sample! The nurse didn't mind, she teased me about it in fact. Anyway, looks like my placenta is pretty calcified, and with the BP fluctuations they've decided to schedule an induction. So if baby boy doesn't come on his own by then I'm scheduled for Saturday! I'll keep everyone posted, and am sending labor dust to you all. I can't believe this is almost over!

babylove5 - 6 days ago
Just got back from the Dr and I'm group b positive ๐Ÿ˜ฃ and still 3 cm but I started bleeding after he checked me!!! we shall see if this starts anything.

sher-baby - 6 days ago
Lexy- in the week of my water breaking, DH and I went for walks in the evening...good 30min, steady paced walks. the gravity helps to pull baby down.

lexy-b - 6 days ago
Boo to that appointment, I'm a 'finger tip' dilated, I thought after the contractions I've been having since Saturday I would be a bit farther and he hasn't dropped yet! Oh and she said she thinks he's going to be bigger then my other two (7lbs & 7.5lbs)which makes me nervous. Hoping big ben will come soon. Im going to google ways to make the baby drop lol.

babylove5 - 6 days ago
Yay Rjean! You should have baby soon!!! Sher that's great and awful that you are engorged! Lol @ feeding a nation!!!! Lexy I hope your appt went well.

lexy-b - 7 days ago
Engorgement is the worst! Rjean my fingers are crossed for you. I have an ob appointment later today and I'm praying she accidentally breaks my water lol.

RJean - 7 days ago
I have been having contractions for the past two nights,but I had a bloody show this morning-so here's hoping that I go into labor really really soon lol! And I turn into a milk cow after engorgement! I can pump ounces and ounces and it usually takes me a week to get rid of engorgement- I think the pain is close to some parts of labor and am not looking forward to it!

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