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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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babylovers - 3.1 hours ago
Vickie- congrats on your baby boy I hope all is going well. I do not have gestational diabetes even though I feel like I do but they said no I don't. I hope they are off cause their also saying 10- 10 1/2 pound baby by time he's full term. I wanna just be patient and wait for my little boy to come but everytime I get worried cause I really don't want a c section.

JDH - 5 hours ago
My doctor told me that ultrasound is the least reliable when it comes to deciding the size of the baby.

vickiessecret - 6.5 hours ago
I was also seeing a specialist because I was high risk and that was the estimates they were giving me, they were very off for me. Especially late in pregnancy. I freaked out for 2 weeks for nothing..

vickiessecret - 6.5 hours ago
Babylovers- Hi I just had my son 5 days ago, they were telling me 2 weeks ago that my son was weighing in at 8lbs 7oz, He was born 11 days early at just 8lbs even, so ultrasounds can be very off. Do you have gestational diabetes? They were talking C-section to me too & I was not agreeing to one. Luckily my little one came alittle early and was no where near what they said, they were estimating a 10 1/2 -11 lb baby by my due date...yeap no where near

babylovers - 7.6 hours ago
Susie-- awe that is so sweet of you, thank you. I'm going to chuckie cheese with my kids right now and going to eat hot wings and hoping being active will help with the process. I don't really believe in hot stuff to start labor lol.labor dust to everyone .

susieq2582 - 8.3 hours ago
babylovers - I am going to say some prayers for you that the baby comes soon and is born healthy and safely!

susieq2582 - 8.3 hours ago
JDH - Sounds like you are having real contractions and braxton hicks. I have been the same way for the past couple weeks.

babylovers - 12.4 hours ago
Thanks for the advice. I'm pretty sure the ultra sound is pretty accurate I've been getting them several times a week cause baby has a kidney problem I have been also going to st.louis for specialist. So everytime I get weight checking they are all just about the same. I definty agree that I should have a vaginal my only concern is my baby getting shoulder distocia and perment damage happening. My other 2 babies were 5-6 pounds. I'm just praying he comes sooner than later. When doctors said I'm dialted 4 70 percent engaged I thought for sure it ment sometime soon but I guess I could still go to full term.

JDH - 12.6 hours ago
And she is still high up. My doctor said he couldn't feel her head yesterday.

JDH - 12.7 hours ago
The other day they were like period cramps. Bad ones. Last night they were tightening y whole stomach. I've had some this morning too and when I'm having them, it looks like my belly button goes in. That sounds weird.

susieq2582 - 13.3 hours ago
JDH - Do the contractions feel like period cramps or just uncomfortable tightening? Is your baby still high up, or is she down low? I wonder if these contractions are getting her to move lower so she puts pressure on your cervix to help dilate.

susieq2582 - 13.4 hours ago
excitedmummy - Congrats on the delivery!!!! Enjoy snuggling your new baby!!!! What is her name?

susieq2582 - 13.4 hours ago
babylovers - How big were your first two kids? Were they vaginal deliveries? I am the biggest skeptic when it comes to weight prediction this late in pregnancy, so I definitely wouldn't have a c section just based on the estimated size. Plus, if all that weight is in the baby's body it won't make the delivery more difficult. You just need the head to get through and the rest will follow :) If it were me, I would let nature take its course, attempt the vaginal delivery, and be prepared for a possible c section should it be necessary.

JDH - 15.3 hours ago
I had some strong contractions last night. What I think were contractions anyway! I am still so shocked that I'm not dialated at all! I started thinking that what I have been calling contractions aren't really contractions....? I was up at every hour with strong one, so maybe I started dialating last night!

ira456 - 19.9 hours ago
Babylovers, try not to worry too much about the size of your baby. The ultrasound is quite often off on the weight at the end. Hopefully he's smaller than they think! Congrats excitedmummy!

excitedmummy - 21.4 hours ago
hi all,had my daughter on monday morning,electd c-section.she is beautiful. 7bs 6oz,47cm first full term of luck to all x

lila2cute:-) - 23 hours ago
Jdh- no worries... Soon enough we are all gonna be holding beautiful babies <3 cowgirl- I'll be checking all day Monday for updates :) labor dust to everyone <3

babylovers - 23.1 hours ago
Hello, I have been a member on here for a long time but just now figured out how to login and comment. I am expecting my 3rd baby. I was here a couple years ago too and this site was always poppin with comments, it seems it has slowed down a whole lot. I'm 37 and 3 days but nobody's talking in week 37 so I thought I'd talk in 38 weeks. I am supposed to be induced August 13th but my baby is already 8 1/2 pounds and they are talking about a c section if he goes to my induction date he will be 10 + so I'm trying to have him early I tried castor oil yesterday ended up with extreme contractions every 2 mins but got sent home cause they didn't cause dialation I've been at a 3-4 and 70 percent enfaced for a week. Has anybody heard of doing vaginal with a 10+ pound baby. I would just let myself go to my induction date if I wasn't scared of him being so big.

cowgirl211 - 1 days ago
Well looks like my DS will be here via Csection on MONDAY!!!!!!!!! Ahhhh so excited. Good luck to all you ladies

fiftharrow - 1 days ago
So bummed for you JDH! These last couple weeks are dragging on the longest! Every run of contractions has me wondering if this is it! Then they fizzle out.

JDH - 1 days ago
Thanks Susie! I've just been feeling lots of cramps and was certain something was happening. I'm enjoying spending extra time with my little boys before baby sister arrives.

susieq2582 - 1 days ago
GRRR!!! I was so hopeful that your absence meant your baby girl had arrived. The good news is you don't need to be dilated at all to go into real active labor. It can happen at any time.

JDH - 1 days ago
No baby! Just got done at my doctors appointment and I'm not even displayed to 1! So disappointed!! My husband is planning a spicy supper and sex tonight : ) sorry to keep everyone hanging! I don't understand how I'm not even to 1 with how I was feeling last night.

susieq2582 - 1 days ago
JDH must be in the hospital. She has been commenting a lot lately, so her not commenting is making me think it must have been the real deal last night. SO JEALOUS!!!

ira456 - 1 days ago
Yes im anxious to know what happened! I didn't check the site in time either.

susieq2582 - 2 days ago
JDH - I am so sorry I didn't check the 38 week page before bed. I checked 39 weeks looking for the response on the castor oil. I hope all has worked out well! Waiting anxiously for your reply now ;)

fiftharrow - 2 days ago
Love the name Vickiessecret!! My husband's name is Jonathan. How did your night go JDH? Are you cuddling a baby right now?

JDH - 2 days ago
Alright ladies, I'm hoping someone will respond before I head to bed because I don't want to tell my husband (he gets very nervous). I had some slight contractions from 5-7. Nothing very strong, but every 10-12 mins. They kept going when I was sitting or walking around. Then my boys and I started to play outside, and I didn't notice them quite as much but still felt crampy while we were playing until about 9:30 and now I've started getting contractions again that are a little stronger than the ones that started at 5. I'm paying very close attention as I am a good hour from the hospital and would have to pack up 2 young boys to take to grandma's on the way! Do I just wait to see if they get stonger/closer together?? I have also had dull pain in my pelvic region/upper thighs all day, and feel like I am waddling!

ira456 - 2 days ago
Nice name vickie and lets hope its the real thing JDH! I want to feel contractions too!!

vickiessecret - 2 days ago
Thank you everyone!!! I hope everyone still waiting gets to meet their little ones soon!! I really never would have thought I was going to have him early. I'm actually very happy that I 'had' to have him with no pain meds..No time....haha. I named him Jonathon Robert Hartsgrove :)

fiftharrow - 2 days ago
JDH! Yahoo! Hope they keep coming for you!

JDH - 2 days ago
Contractions! They are small but have been going on for a good hour. Started while sitting and now I've been up walking and they are still coming!

fiftharrow - 2 days ago
Vickiessecret - Congratulations! That is a great birth story! Thanks for sharing! What did you name him?

JDH - 2 days ago
Went for a LONG hard walk with my mom while pushing a stroller, and just ate a big bowl of pineapple :) Hoping for good news at my appointment tomorrow! (You ladies are probably sick of me!) I just want to hold my baby!!

ira456 - 2 days ago
Congrats to all who have had their babies!!!! Im having a hard time waiting. Im getting all kinds of signs that im close but then nothing happens. Im so anxious! I have 4 days left before my due date!

susieq2582 - 3 days ago
I am also thankful for you ladies! This site is what gets me through the workday. Without your stories and questions I would pull my hair out.

susieq2582 - 3 days ago
Vickiessecret - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! That is an awesome birth story. You knew you could do it, and it wouldn't have mattered how big he was. Those ultrasounds are so unreliable at this point on guessing weight. Glad you and baby are fine. Sorry you missed out on your epi, but I hope it means an easy recovery.

expectingmysecondangel - 3 days ago
Congrats Vickie!!!! :) Ladies I want to thank all of you for all your help and support , I barely write on here but I'm always reading and a day that I was in horrible pain on my ligaments I posted it on here and you guys came to the rescue with great ideas to make my pain go away. Thank you so much! I wish you all the best as we are getting closer to meet our little ones!!! I'm having a C section and to be honest the thought of not being able to have a vaginal birth brings me down. But as long as my baby and me are safe is all that matters. Big hugs to all!

JDH - 3 days ago
Wow! That's great! My last one I went from 4 cm to 10cm in an hour! I'm so proud that you were able to do it with no epidural!! Don't you feel empowered!? hahaha, or maybe just remember the pain. I'm looking forward to Tuesday to see if I've even dialated at all! wish me luck!

vickiessecret - 3 days ago
Thank you! I hope you get the labor you want too :) Everything went so fast for me. My contractions started to actually hurt around 1:30 pm and I knew they were the real thing. They went on like that till 6:00pm, they were all over the place between 6-15 mins apart. At 6:00 I was sitting brushing my daughter's hair and I felt and heard this weird pop inside...I moved and yep my water broke!! (first time ever breaking on it's own) So called the dr, they said go to the hospital. I used the bathroom and put a pad on first and saw there was meconium in my fluid, so I was worried. Got put in a triage room at 6;30, dr checked me I was 5cm & 80% thinned out. At 7 I got put in a delivery room, at this point contractions are every 3 mins or so. I get checked and I'm already 6-7cm, not even 30 mins later I'm 7-8, literally another 10-20 mins and I'm fully dialated at 8:18pm, I pushed for 10 mins and he was born at 8:28pm. I wanted a epidural, but had NO time for anything, the dr called my delivery fast & furious..Lol. Omg was it painful, but very worth it. And he was only 8lbs even, not 9 1/2-10lbs like they were estimating. So ultrasounds suck..Lol I can't believe that he is here, it's crazy!! He was born July 25th @ 8:28pm 8lbs 20 1/2in. We are home now and he will be 48 hours old in 2 more hours, so far doing good :)

JDH - 3 days ago
Congrats Vickie! I'm praying I won't have to be induced this time around! I would LOVE an all natural labor and birth. Lila-I too want to thank all the ladies on here! It has been a lot of fun following everyone and seeing women encourage each other. I'm praying for all healthy babies and mommies as we end this journey together!!

vickiessecret - 3 days ago
I had my son Friday night, July 25, 2014, he was 8lbs 20 1/2inches. I'll will update more later :)

lila2cute:-) - 4 days ago
I feel like we're seniors in high school about to graduate. :) we are at the top of our game, every pregnant woman on this site wants to be where we are today... The next three weeks are going to be crazy as a lot of us will start having our babies so I just want to take the time out now and thank each and everyone of you guys.... This journey has been amazing and watching us support one another along the way has made this pregnancy that much specialer :) So thank you!!! Labor dust to us all & good luck!!! Keep posting till the end ;) I can't wait to see pictures and read stories. Xs n. Os!!!

JDH - 4 days ago
Well, it wasn't the stomach flu! I had a little bit of mucus too, and some nice cramps through the night!

ira456 - 4 days ago
Hopefully your body's cleaning out your system for delivery and not the stomach flu!

JDH - 4 days ago
Ack! My family and I were eating supper and I got a terrible stomach cramp. Just spent a good 20 mins on the pot, and am feeling a little better. Hoping it's a sign of good things to come, but I could really do without an upset tummy right now :(

lila2cute:-) - 5 days ago
Meggied, that sounds like fun!!! I'm going to try it :) lol <3

JDH - 5 days ago
another sleepless night for me! I'm so ready to be holding my baby! At least after they are born you have something cute to look at through the night!

ira456 - 5 days ago
Thanks ladies. After all those signs I haven't started getting contractions yet so im still patiently waiting. But I did drop some more because its getting quite uncomfortable to walk.

JDH - 5 days ago
Congrats on the mucus and poop Ira! Hahaha. Sounds like you're well on your way! We walked a lot tonight and played outside. I wish I would have some good contractions but nothing note worthy lately.

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