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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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bkle - 84 days ago
4girls--- did they tell you if you were leaking fluid? or was it pee?

bkle - 84 days ago
I don't think ive ever pooped during labor and if I did no one told me haha So I was thinking that the other day that if I had him soon no worries about that during labor.

4girls want a boy - 84 days ago
Well at least we know we won't be pooing on our selves if we are going into labor I think I remember doing this with my last one and went to the hospital to get induced and I was dilated to 4 . I'm sure if they would of waited one more day I would of went into labor all on my own.

bkle - 84 days ago
4girls-- that's how its been for me since sunday, always on the potty and not to pee. At first sunday I thought I may have a touch of flu.

4girls want a boy - 84 days ago
I'm not sure if this is a sign of labor, and sorry for tmi, but I have been going to the bathroom, not pee like 5 times today .. Maybe thats why I had so many cramps yesterday..I really hope it's my body cleaning its self out getting ready for birth.

4girls want a boy - 84 days ago
I wouldn't mind going into labor at night . Every one is home .. Shesh seems like my kids are just on a roll today with messing up my house. I can't keep up with it.grrrr

bkle - 84 days ago
ive went into 'real labor' with All my kids at night. 1st & 2nd I realized something was different around 11pm then my 3rd I didn't think anything until my water broke at almost midnight. I seem to get consistant contractions/cramping at night during the day im getting them too, just more noticeable when the house is quiet haha. I wonder if ill have him in the middle of the night like the others hummm

4girls want a boy - 84 days ago
Me too was having cramps / back labor/ cramps every 5 mins for a few housr last night. Went to lay down and was tossing and turning. Then I must of fell asleep, and they went away.. I only seem to get mine at night.

bkle - 84 days ago
mummytoharrison-- they keep doing that to me. The other night it was hurting so bad and 2-3 min apart then nothing. Im still only at 36 weeks tho so its ok if he stays in longer, just going through all of that and for nothing sucks.

onj - 84 days ago
Mummytoharrison... that sucks, such a tease!!

HootOwl - 84 days ago
They've stopped again :( grrrr

bkle - 84 days ago
mummytoharrison---- yay---good luck keep us posted :-)

HootOwl - 84 days ago
I don't think this baby is far away. Been crampy all day long. Thank god hubby is off work for the next two days. (Probably jinxed myself now)

bkle - 85 days ago
With my first baby they stopped my labor then 6 hours later realized it wasn't going to stop so then they induced me because babys stats were looking bad; broke water and put some dialating stuff in my iv. Worst pain ever! Luckily it was 8 hour labor all together so 2 hours of induction. Im guessing if they didn't stop it to begin with id of been with baby within at least 6 hours.

4girls want a boy - 85 days ago
She never says anything about effacement or engaged. I'm thinking maybe some sex may speed things up. I'm sure my hubby won't mind. Not the most sexyest thing to do at this point , but won't kill me to try ..LOL I was induced with my last two , and its just not fun. They broke my water and gave me potocin , uping the dose every 15 mins. They had me laying on my back and the pain just got stronger and stronger . They checked my cervix every hour the pain got so out of hand that I needed the epidural.. Blaa I just don't want that , pluse the risk of needing a csection after all that is a factor.

bkle - 85 days ago
4girls--- YAY progress! I would say no to induction too, it makes contractions and labor worse because its forced. She will come when she is ready, stay strong. Have a happy nap, my 1 hour nap today was awesome! Any effacement baby engaged yet.

4girls want a boy - 85 days ago
Ok dilated to 1 cm ! My NST showed tuns of contrations, am still having them. My Dr said she will induce me next thursday in one week from now if I don't have her by then , but I told her no thanks. My labor will go way better if I go in labor on my own ...Ok well nap time for me I feel so sleepy..

ElisiaDawn - 85 days ago
4 girls how exciting good luck! Let us now what the doctor says! Im cramping again tonight but I know it's just the little one teasing me..... what a surprise ; ) if he does make an early appearance than I will let you all know! Good luck to everyone

onj - 85 days ago
Fingers Crossed, 4girls :) Keep us updated!!

4girls want a boy - 85 days ago
Well went for breakfast but didn't eat . I was having too many contractions and felt yucky ..So waited for everyone to eat came home and took a nap. So here the contrations are again. OUCH ! :( I am going to have my Dr to check to see if i am leaking fluid. I may be.

bkle - 85 days ago
4girls-- have a good breakfast and appointment. Hope everything goes great!

ElisiaDawn - 85 days ago
I know it's crazy isn't it :D I was having pains last night but again didn't lead in to anything else! My next midwife app is may 15th and I will be 3 days over due, I am booked in to have a sweep but im wishing he will be here by then :) 12 days left

4girls want a boy - 85 days ago
Onj no name yet? You don't know the gender ? FUN ! There was no way I could of waited ...Happy May 1st ! It will be a great month. As for hunger well I live in Vegas and places never close so im going out for very early breakfast with my husband , then I hope im able to nap when I get home before my appointment.. I just hope im not setting myself up for no sleep being that im cramping pretty bad this morning.

onj - 85 days ago
Hellooooo May 1st!! This is going to be a good month :) 4girls- Good luck at your appointment today! Maybe those contractions have done something!! I guess it's time to pick out a baby name. AHHHH. I can't believe I still don't know what names (boy or girl) we are planning to use.

4girls want a boy - 85 days ago
38 weeks today.. I'm up at 6 am I just can't sleep. It's not like me to be up so early, but im having crazy dreams and im hungry and im having a few contrations that are pretty nasty . One dream I had today was that I was being induced ..blaa I don't want that.. Today I see my OB and I hope that im at least a half cm dilated . I would be happy with that .

HootOwl - 85 days ago
elisiaxx - it just hit me too that by the end of this month, I'll be a mum of 2. Eek. Oh, and I feel like I've been punched in the kidneys tonight. Soooo much pain

ElisiaDawn - 85 days ago
So ladies no matter what.... even if I go overdue I AM having a baby this month! I could run around like crazy im so excited hahaha

4girls want a boy - 86 days ago
Tomorrow is your big day Sandra Happy Birthday !

ElisiaDawn - 86 days ago
Samantha- 13th may is my due date :)

onj - 86 days ago
Ooh- good luck, Sandra!!

SamanthaDawn - 86 days ago
I'll be 38 weeks tomorrow. Scheduled c-section is in 13 days. (May 13th)

ElisiaDawn - 86 days ago
Good luck sandra :) - 87 days ago
Thank you everyone! Thursday seemed like an eternity away over the weeken. I cant believe ots almost here. I am really starting to feel the nerves kicking in. Ahhhh! Hows everyone feeling? Anyone else scheduled for csection induction anytime soon?

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Good luck Sandra !!!

HootOwl - 87 days ago
Good luck Sandra!

bkle - 87 days ago
Sandra--- good luck on your c section :-) Hope everything goes great!

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Oh my ,,,I will be 38 weeks in two days .. I am so sick with a cold . I hope I don't go into labor on these cold meds .. With all this coughing im thinking it may break my waters.

leanne1985 - 87 days ago
Good luck Sandra! And everyone else for that matter! Super excited although terrified of labour at the same time! I remember the last like it was yesterday. 9 days till due date fingers toes crossed she'll make an early appearance! X

HootOwl - 87 days ago
Holy heck! Week 38 already. Where's it gone?

ElisiaDawn - 87 days ago
Week 38 today! Hello to anyone in this week, can't believe I only have 14 days left, im going to be sorting out car seat this weekend and getting some sheets for the moses basket :) I am feeling good! - 89 days ago
The weekend is over which means the countdown to my csection this week starts!!!!!!! So excited, I know the nerves will be kicking in anytime now. - 91 days ago
Emmyjoe. I had no idea. Im glad you mentioned this I would have been so distraught going into that situation not knowing. Im really sad now though I dont want to go 1 to 2 hrs befor I get to see her and hold her. :( how many days now until your csection?

emmyjoe - 91 days ago
My first was 11 years ago after 26 hours!, I was the same, really groggy after surgery so i dont remember much. So with my second, 9 years ago, that's how it happened. i was more in shock than anything. I talked to my Dr and they still do it the same way, he says they have cut down on the time it takes to get mommy and baby back together. If all goes well it will be 1-1.5 hrs. before I hold her. - 91 days ago
Emmyjoe I really dont know to be honest. My first daughter was born emergency csection at this same hospital 10 years ago, but after27.5 hrs of labor I was exhausted and whatever medicine they gave me to allow them to perform the csection, as I went through my whole labor with nothing, it knocked me out. I remember being on a stretcher at one point with her in my arms but sadly I dont recall a lot once I passed out on the or table. I will have to ask my husband to see if he remembers. Hmm. We delivered our last daughter at 22 weeks whom did not make it and after going through that this pregnancy has been so nerve wrecking. Still at this very moment I get so scared. And I dont want to go that long without holding her and being able to love on her. That is going to suck. Yeah I dont blame you I dont like the thought of that either..

emmyjoe - 92 days ago
I'm glad you got your date set!! congrats!! Is your hospital the same way? Do you get your baby right away or do they have these same lame policies for c-sec?

emmyjoe - 92 days ago
So I guess i am really excited for the very end. When the docs are done with me and give the go ahead to daddy to give me my baby! That's the moment i'm dying for! the last hour on an operating table and recovery room, alone, no hubby and no baby in me or my arms... I'm so scared.

emmyjoe - 92 days ago
I hear ya sandra! I cannot wait to see her! but I'm so scared too! Scared of the pain and recovery, but mostly scared about how im going to act when i get my 60 second glimpse of her, then she's taken away to another room while they work on closing my incision :( I have already cried just thinking about it. her first moments should be in my arms, but they take her clean her up and monitor her and then give her to daddy until i'm out of recovery! I HATE IT! My husband says to calm down, and try to understand that he cherishes that time with his babies, and loves being the one to give her back to me. But me and my hormones are like blah blah blah!!! she's mine! don't take her!! - 92 days ago
Emmyjoe so exciting! I finally got my csection scheduled and im 7 days away. I wanted a date so bad and prior to having a date scheduled I couldnt rhinknof anything but how much I wanted to have her. But now that I have a date set I feel my stomach starting to turn I am so scared. Im scared of everything. Im excited I cant wait to hold her and kiss her and live on her but I am scared ahhhhh!!!!

emmyjoe - 92 days ago
5 days to my scheduled c-sec! excitement and anxiety running wild! :)

sherell - 101 days ago
omg, one more day until we head to the labor room on wednesday night. im super excited and anxious at this point. nothing to do now but relax sleep and relax sum more bcuz i wont be getting much of that in the hospital or wen we get bk home. soo im taking full advantage of my rest rite now. hope labor goes fast and smooth.

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