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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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ShoppNhelpsD - 4.2 hours ago
Kekea with my first I worked until I was 7.5 mo but this time I kind of have to since I make more money than my sons' dad and so im saving up for the 3 mos. I'll be off. Kind of stressful but we will get through it... Im not feeling like I will go into labor tomorrow or in the next few days so im relieved to be making it to my last day of work :) We are so close, wonder how everyone wise in my week is doing? . . I go to 39 weeks on Monday after that I'll feel like anyday now! ⏰

Kekea - 14.8 hours ago
Well try to get some rest to prepare for labor shoppnhelpsd. I worked until delivery day with my third and that was by far my most difficult recovery because I was exhausted from working while pregnant. Any day now for you so good luck. I'm going to be nervouse once I hit the 38 week mark because 2 of my kids were born at exactly 38 weeks and one was born at 38.4 and my oldest 39.2. I love and hate the waiting game. I know how you feel about the site too. With my 7 year old and 4 year old the site was so active, but with my one and two year olds it was even more dead than it is now.

ShoppNhelpsD - 16 hours ago
Im so tird too seriously im so glad tomorrow is my last day of work because this 8:15-5:45 work hours are taking a toll on me especially since im not going to sleep until 12:30/1am. Then getting up to use the bathroom ugh... i need a nap.. its 10am now and im fighting sleep.. well one more day then im done for 3 months or so... good thing my job is flexible about when i come back and how i want to transition back to work.. whether its one day a week or three. No one is on this site anymore, a few years ago when i was pregnant with my son who is 3 everyone left comments daily. Now tumble weeds lol I think people signed up and joined a Facebook group with the members here.... boooo to u guys lol i read the previous years in my weeks and that helped me relate to what was going on with me/them during those weeks.

ShoppNhelpsD - 16.5 hours ago
Getting closer.... 11 days until my due date so basically any day now. Im guessing anywhere from 5-10 days from now I'll have my new baby. And confirm its a boy or surprise its a girl.... i still think its a boy but everyone around me thinks its a girl... or just hopes it's a girl. I packed my toddlers hospital bag with things ive bought especially for the hospital to keep him busy or distracted while everything is going on: crayons,markers (hes never had markers for obvious reasons so this is a big deal), coloring book, read along books with cd/dvd, kenetic sand, stickers and a notebook... as well as pjs, blanket,change of clothes, & will buy new toothbrushes for everyone this weekend. I'm so bag consist of a blanket and a small bobby pillow, thats it. I cannot think of what i need. Plus the hospital gives u everything u need while there. I do need the coming home outfit and a taking puctures one too! Smh havent packed mine either hoping to do that this weekend need to go to the store and buy some of the things i need for myself. Well im gonna try not to stress out about things so much. Tomorrow is my last day of work and unless i go into labor this weekend i will be okay to take care of the bags this weekend. My sister is making me a baby basket with the little things i needed for baby and is returning all the 0-3 mo baby things i gave to her from my son. Hopefully i get it this weekend. Getting up from the bed is such a pain lately i have to roll over and its so uncomfortable. Sitting can be a pain too, feel too much pressure and its hard to breathe sometimes...

lil.pumpkins - 13 days ago
Congrats britniA that sounds very exciting. I still have a few more weeks yet I'm going on 36 weeks tomorrow :)

britniA - 14 days ago
7 days, and then I'll be having my baby ^.^

lil.pumpkins - 20 days ago
Thats good to hear, I'm pretty tired myself. The baby seems to be a night owl at the moment lol, I'm up most of the night with him kicking and moving around. And my 3 year old gets up really early in the mornings. I miss sleeping lol! - 21 days ago
Lil.pumpkins, I'm doing good. Exhaustion is starting to kick in though...still trying to figure out a sleep pattern

lil.pumpkins - 22 days ago
that is awesome news anything4nikki, my kids are getting overly excited now and can't wait to meet their new little brother. I'm doing great and how about yourself? - 24 days ago
Just checking to see how you ladies are doing. I can't believe Elijah is will be two weeks old on Friday!! He is doing good and I'm so in love with him. My other kids love him...they won't leave him alone and always want to play with

leylamuyesser - 25 days ago
Is anybody else extremely irritable and having a hard time falling asleep and then a hard time waking up? So anxious! It seems to never get easier! I wish you all the best.

flybear - 25 days ago
My c-section is scheduled for July 16th. It can't come soon enough.

lil.pumpkins - 28 days ago
congrats liltyke7 can't wait to hear your good news :) - 30 days ago
Liltyke,I'm glad to hear you are progressing!

liltyke7 - 30 days ago
wooohooo 2-3cm, 75% effaced. if I do not go by Wednesday then I will be induced Wed morning...I can't wait to see him!!

liltyke7 - 31 days ago
Anyone close? ready to be done?

liltyke7 - 38 days ago
oh yes pumpkin I am too early but I am ready anytime this baby wants to come!! LOL

lil.pumpkins - 38 days ago
36 weeks is a bit to early to have your baby.

liltyke7 - 42 days ago
anyone close?? I am 36 weeks and ready to go..i hope I have some progression at next appt.

KristinaA - 99 days ago
mamaford -- that is a great birth story. Congrats!

mamaford77 - 99 days ago
I was supposed to be induced April 18th due to pre-e. On the 13th, I lost my plug and began early labor. I waited around all day, but then started feeling pretty awful and went in. They didn't like my BP, so even though I was in early labor, they decided to start pitocin to speed things up. I labored and delivered totally naturally, other than a low does of pitocin. It was an amazing birth!

KristiW - 101 days ago
YAY!! Mamaford:) Healthy little baby:) I am so happy for you. I have a doc appt on the 23rd she will be checking my cervix as well. I can't wait. With both other girls I was 3cm and 100% by this time and I was still induced. But if I don't have her by the 30th then I will be induced. I had a very fast delivery last time so I am happy to be induced.

KristinaA - 102 days ago
I had my 38 wk appt today at 38w3d. They did a cervix check and said 'you usually have your babies late, right?' I'm a finger tip dialated and baby is at station -2. No worries. BH contractions continuing and I've known of women walking around for 2-3 weeks at 3-4cm dialated, and I was only 1 cm dialated when I went into labor last time, so I know I can go 0-10 quickly.

mamaford77 - 102 days ago
I hope they start to turn into something! I'll keep checking back in!

KristinaA - 102 days ago
Yay!!!! Mamaford :) One healthy baby/delivery down... a few more to come. I feel like mine will be this week now. Been having a lot more contractions as of last night :)

mamaford77 - 102 days ago
Simon Campbell is 5 days old now! He was born at 37+4, April 14. He was 7 lbs 7 oz, 19.5 inches. No issues at all and we were discharged when he was 2 days old. He's nursing like a champ and I couldn't be happier.

babylove5 - 122 days ago
Lexy I had that hapoen w my last I thought he would come at 37 weeks and he ended up waiting until 41😣. Needless to say I try not to guess.. Lol

lexy-b - 122 days 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 - 122 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 - 123 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 - 123 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 - 123 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 - 124 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 - 124 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 - 124 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 - 124 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 - 124 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 - 124 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 - 125 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 - 125 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 - 125 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 - 125 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 - 125 days ago
Doctors can be dispicable.

babylumpp2015 - 125 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 - 125 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. 😲 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 - 125 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 - 125 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 - 126 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 - 126 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 - 126 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!

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