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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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Comments on week 38

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Show latest comments from all weeks - 4 days ago
Now it seems as if it never happened! Hard labor twilight zone. So strange.. Just getting everything ready again. Ten days left until I'll start to wonder.

Kekea - 4 days ago
And she was number 5 for me. I thought it would be so much easier. Lol

Kekea - 4 days ago
Mrsdallas06 and mrsamandawalsh the same thing happened to me. I had consistent painful contractions. I waited for hours nd as soon as we decided to go to the hospital they let up. I went to work the next day and had inconsistent contractions and right when I was about to clock out my water broke. I didn't need pitocin once I was Admitted I was contracting on my own but I ended up having an emergency csection because the cord prolapsed. Good luck ladies you are soooo close...

mzdallas06 - 4 days ago
Mrsamandawalsh you were super smart not to go in unless your water broke! I wish I would have thought about that. I'm on baby #4 as well- you would think I would be a pro by now! I felt so bad for my husband because he had come home from working a 16 hour shift, we went to the hospital and stayed all night then he went straight back to work for another 16 hours. Like you said, my own body was completely exhausted from the contractions and stress. Smh! The things we women go through to bring these little ones here:) - 4 days ago
Mzdallas, the same exact thing happened to me last night. Except I didnt go in even though they strongly encouraged me to come in. 8 hours of perfectly timed 3 minutes contractions that sent me to the bathroom 6 times. They were without a doubt the real deal. I was just waiting for my water to break or something. Anything lol. Then they started to taper off. They come back when I go walking, then taper off. My husband stayed home from work today bc of this. So he is really pressuring me to stay in labor - get back in labor etc. I only had a good 2 hours of sleep after all that. Im so irritable and I just want to leave my uterus alone for a bit. Im going to take a break from the walking, nipple stimulation, pineapples and spicy food for a bit. Trying not to be the one that cried labor but that was insane. This is #4 mind you, and I thought my water would be breaking any minute. The baby is still very active. Im certain in the least that a lot happened as far as progression, but Im not sure what. Maybe he is coming soon but not right now? Anyone ever have this happen only to go into active labor with a baby at the end? I am trying to avoid pitocin this time. My mind is so fuzzy I just want to relax and not over do it, I want to have some energy for when baby does come.

mzdallas06 - 4 days ago
Yes, my body is indeed confused! RowdyiRandi, hang in there, at any single moment things could change! Kekea!! I'm praying for your healing & recovery! I hope this weekend goes by fast bc Tuesday cannot get here fast enough!

1morefor4 - 4 days ago
I'm hoping labor starts soon for everyone still waiting. I was told to dump the whole bag of labor dust instead of just a sprinkle so please know that I'm sending as much labor dust as I can to everyone. Hugs.

RowdyRandi - 5 days ago
I'm so jealous mzdallas! You've got an induction scheduled! Can someone please talk to my dr?!

TaraR - 5 days ago
Oh gosh!! It's like your body is confused about what to do!! So crazy!! All that for a 2! Sheesh!!

mzdallas06 - 5 days ago
Tara, the nurse said I was at a 2.. All that pain to be at a 2.. It sucks to be this pregnant and to still leave the hospital without a brand new baby. GRRRRR! I'm holding on to my sanity by knowing next week is my induction! Oh yeah, my hemorrhoids are back with a vengeance! I feel like I'm the butt of a hilarious joke. LOL!

TaraR - 5 days ago
Oh my goodness!! That's craziness!! What is your cervix right now?

mzdallas06 - 6 days ago
Last night contractions started coming 2-3 minutes apart. Hard & fast. Went to the hospital, put on the monitor, contractions were registering at 100%... Was admitted and given Demerol bc the contractions were skyrocketing my blood pressure (happens in all my deliveries)... After 8 hours NO CERVICAL CHANGE & WAS SENT HOME. SERIOUSLY?????????!!

susieq2582 - 6 days ago
Still waiting as well. The waiting at the end is my least favorite part. Not knowing when it will happen is so frustrating.

TaraR - 6 days ago
Kekea....praying for a fast recovery! I am feeling a bit better today. I don't feel as exhausted. I feel like I have so much to do at home still. I got the last of his clothes washed but they are sitting in the basket in his room unfolded! So I need to get the done tonight. I always think about the stuff I need to get done at home while I'm working. Then I get home and I don't do any of it!! Where is this nesting I'm supposed to be doing? LOL I believe my Mom is nesting for me! She's cleaned her house top to bottom and then her shed and vehicles!! Crazy!!! But I do feel like I have a little more energy today! - 6 days ago
Still waiting on my first little boy!! :)

RowdyRandi - 6 days ago
kekea hope you recover quickly

RowdyRandi - 6 days ago
This might sound mean but I'm so glad I'm not suffering alone. It's good to hear how over this we all are. Mzdallas i can't believe you're still going too. I was also so sure i wouldn't go this long. My first was preterm so it's crazy that this one is hanging on so long. Also my first was small for gestational age and this one is opposite He's looking to be on the big side

Kekea - 6 days ago
Hang in there ladies!!! 11 days after my csection and recovery is still tough. It was easier being pregnant. I feel so complete though. God new what he was doing because if my first was by csection then the other four wouldn't have been born. Sending lots of labor dust!!!

TaraR - 7 days ago took the words right out of my mouth!! I'm so done with this pregnancy. I get so wore out so quickly! And I still can't believe you're still pregnant!!

mzdallas06 - 7 days ago
Between the diarrhea. Hot flashes, swollen feet & fingers, having to sit down every 5 minutes while trying to complete my to-do lists, running behind 2 toddlers, trying to understand my emotional teenage daughter, cooking dinner everyday, etc etc... I'm DONE!

mzdallas06 - 7 days ago
I'm so happy for all of you ladies that are now able to hold your beautiful babies!! As for me, I'm over this crap! Went to the doctor yesterday and was still at a 1 after having an aggressive sweep over a week ago... I can't believe this baby is still in here after the stitches have been removed over 2 weeks ago. Even my doctor was like 'wow!'..... We've scheduled induction next week. So he has 8 days to surrender or else!

TaraR - 7 days ago
I'm so glad things are going well for you 1more!! I need all the labor dust I can get!! LOL I'm not feeling very good at all today. I'm super exhausted and my body aches everywhere. I'm so slowwwwwwwwwww moving and having lots of hot flashes!! I'm falling apart today!

1morefor4 - 7 days ago
My baby girl is now 5 days old and breastfeeding well when she's awake. She loves cuddling to the point that I can barely put her down it seems. Her big brothers and sister have been loving on her like crazy. I just wanted to check to see who else has had their little ones and to sprinkle some labor dust on you all.

TaraR - 7 days ago
Well hopefully things will progress for me this coming week! :)

Paulasoon2b8 - 7 days ago
I've only been 1 cm last 2 appoitnments as well Tara...unheard of for me....but I know there's been action this past week....I hear ya about the office chair....I'm in the same vote...not fun😔

TaraR - 8 days ago
Hello ladies!! Oh Paula....getting so close!!! Can't wait to hear what the doctor says!! :) I think I may be the last one to go!! I went for my appointment this morning. I was a 1 for the last 2 weeks and now this morning I was not even a 1!! How is that possible?!?!? So I go back next Tuesday....hopefully some good news then. I'm working until the 9th....but this office chair is killing me! I sit here from 8-5 Monday-Friday and it's starting to be a strain! I hope everyone is doing well!

Paulasoon2b8 - 8 days ago
Who's next????? lol am done work Septembr 30th, doctors appointment October 1, 2015. TMI but loose bowels for 2 straight days and lots of mucous coming out...but no pink in it yet. If doc says I am minimal 3 cm dilated on the going to say lets book induction. The prelabour has gone on for awhile now....I may just need my membranes broken for it to complete.

TaraR - 9 days ago
I agree!! This is my first boy and he is a stubborn little thing! I'm working up until I have him as well and I'm just tired and do not want to work.

RowdyRandi - 9 days ago
I know how u feel overjoyed. My first was born at 36 wks. My first was a girl so seems for me the boy is a procrastinater lol

overjoyedmommy2 - 9 days ago
This is the longest I've been pregnant. My two boys were born at 38+1. I'm not overdue so I'm not worried and my doctor doesn't let you go over 40 so anytime within the next 10 days. Maybe because it's a girl this time it's different. It just sucks working until I deliver.

TaraR - 9 days ago
Good morning! How is everyone doing? I had contractions...front and back all weekend. I go to the Dr in the morning to get things checked out.

Kekea - 11 days ago
Congrats 1morefor4!!! Not long before everyone has there babies in there arms...

1morefor4 - 11 days ago
Hi ladies. Sorry it took so long to get back on but my baby girl was born in the wee hours of Thursday morning. The story is much to long to write in the weekly posts but I did do an update in my blogs. Please if you have time and want to know what happened go to my profile and read the birth story/timeline blog. We just got home a few hours ago and are resting as much as a person with 4 kids can rest. Sending lots of labor dust to everyone still waiting.

TaraR - 11 days ago
I've been a little 'stopped up' for the last couple days. Just went to the potty and things have loosened up. Maybe a sign?!

RowdyRandi - 11 days ago
haha well lets hope the l&d floor put enough people on staff for this weekend

TaraR - 11 days ago
I had some pressure last night...little bit of cramping. Today is horrible lower back pain! Just super achy!! I'm with you Paula! I wonder how many will go this weekend!

Paulasoon2b8 - 11 days ago
Waiting for 1 more's post...must have had baby by now ???

Paulasoon2b8 - 11 days ago
I've been having pre labour for a couple days now...first day for 6 hours....not overly painful...but steady...yesterday not for as long but definitely more crampy then day 1 so far this morning some decent cramping. Wonder how many of us will go in the next couple days with this eclipse and full blood moon😁

RowdyRandi - 12 days ago
I think I'm extra frustrated cuz my last baby came at 36 & 6 so its like hello what is taking so long in there.

RowdyRandi - 12 days ago
I've been having contractions just none that are strong enough to move this along lol. Stupid braxton hicks!

TaraR - 12 days ago
RowdyRandi...I think we are in the same situation!! LOL My little Mister is just comfy and apparently in no hurry!! I had contractions at 34 weeks and now I feel nothing but a little bit of back pain!!

RowdyRandi - 13 days ago
Saw dr today. No big news to report. 50% effaced, 1 1/2 cm dilated, pelvic station -2. This kid is starting to overstay his welcome in my opinion

RowdyRandi - 13 days ago
treadingwater im totally buying some of that tea! I've had no cervical change for weeks. I've tried just about everything that seemed safe except that. Definitely not gonna try acupuncture or castor oil lol

Paulasoon2b8 - 13 days ago
Looking forward to the update 1more...I went to doc today....cervix still high was hard to check but said still feels around 1 progress from last week...I was so sad...this is a first for me...I opted out of making an induction date...booked an appointment instead for October 1 hopefully some more natural progress will occur by then

1morefor4 - 14 days ago
Had my midwife appointment. I gained another pound so I'm up to 34 pounds gained total. She is guaranteeing that labor will start sometime today. I was 3.5 cm 50% effaced and Lilly is still a little high at -3 station. She did a sweep and a stretch to about 5 cm. I'm headed home to eat and walk to get contractions really moving. She said my bag is bulging so hopefully by tonight I'll be admitted to the hospital. Already having lots of bloody show.She said she wouldn't call it a complete 5 because she stretched it so she would only call it a 4. But the hospital admits you at 4 so i just need to start contracting regularly. I'm going to start exercising and walking up and down my apartment building stairs to help get active labor started.

1morefor4 - 14 days ago
Way to go treadingwater. Hopefully your little one will be here soon.

Kekea - 14 days ago
just checking in on you ladies. Im loving the progress. Recovering from this csection is no joke. We were released from the hospital yesterday so we are in the process of trAnsitioning. Considering how traumatic her birth was my baby girl is doing well. She wouldnt nurse for the first day but now she is going like a pro. Praying for a safe labor and drlivery for you all.

treadingwater - 14 days ago
Hi ladies, I just wanted to let you guys know that I have been drinking raspberry leaf tea and cinnamon tea and it seems to be helping with dilation! I am now 5-6 cm dilated and losing my mucous plug like crazy.

1morefor4 - 14 days ago
RowdyRandi--I keep asking myself the same question. My 38 week appointment is tomorrow and I should be having my membranes swept so we'll see if that triggers anything.

RowdyRandi - 15 days ago
Ok thanks ladies guess it was still just braxton hicks. So annoying! Why won't this baby get out?!

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