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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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ElisiaDawn - 86 days ago
Bkle- I had a few false alarms with my DD and because I had so many when it was actually the real thing I refused to ring the hospital, until my mum was like your definitely in labour..... 3 hours later she was here, so im nervous im going to do the same this time not think anything when its the real thing because of these cramps ive been getting! I just want him here now but I know the wait will ne worth it :) xx

bkle - 86 days ago
ive never experienced the tease contractions until this pregnancy. All other pregnancies when I was contracting and were timable that meant time for a baby. This week sure has been different. Im still hoping for a mothers day baby :-) we will see.

ElisiaDawn - 86 days ago
Arghhh how frustrating everything has just stopped :( all signs..... just gone looks like im here for a little longer ladies :) good luck to anyone having contractions and on their journey to meeting their little ones! we are all almost there! 3 days left until week 39 xx

4girls want a boy - 86 days ago
I have showed up to the hospital in a pregnancy dilated to a 3 . I want to be a 7 when I show up this time. We shall see how well I can do that.

4girls want a boy - 86 days ago
Thanks bkle. I just said yes because I didn't want to start a fight. She will never know .. I was up early and was having contractions for four hours and they were coming on strong. I thought we were going to head to the hospital so I took a shower. After the shower they stoped .LOL Gone ! ...Samantha I live almost an hour away from my hospital .. We have practiced the drive being that we have never used this hospital..Very scary for you needing a csection ..

SamanthaDawn - 87 days ago
I've been having a few braxton hicks contractions here and there, but nothing very painful. As soon as I feel a painful one I'm definatly going to go!

bkle - 87 days ago
Samantha-- that's scary. You live 30 minutes away and sometimes its difficult to tell if its real labor or not. Id be going in at the first pain real or not.

SamanthaDawn - 87 days ago
I will be so annoyed if they try to change the date, because they already changed it TWICE! The first day they told me was may 8th (a week before my due date) then they pushed it to may 12th, and now it's the 13th. (2 days before my due date) They can't make me wait any longer than that, or they better not! Because the whole reason I need this scheduled c-section is because the contractions of labor could rupture my old scars in my uterus! (Scary!) So I don't want to go into labor and they said if I do, or I think I'm in labor to come in ASAP for an emergency c-section. ...and I live 30 minutes away from the hospital.

bkle - 87 days ago
Samantha---10 days wow that is soon, so exciting its coming so quickly. Hopefully they cant change the date on you now that it is so close :-)

bkle - 87 days ago
4girls-- My mom and I were always off and on as well. My ex's mom has been more a mother to me then my own mom was which always made me sad. Your definatly the better person for watching her dog for her while she leaves on vacation at this important time for you. Im sure you wanted to share this with her, and it hurts when someone you want to share it with doesn't want the same. Sometimes people who aren't your blood are more excited then the ones that are blood family. For me there is still this feeling of why wont my sister call me, why doesn't she care; why does my ex's hole family call me almost daily to check on me but my own blood hasn't called in months! Im happy to have my ex's family, but there is still something deep inside that is so sad the support isn't coming from my own family.

bkle - 87 days ago
elisaxx and mummytoharrison--- good luck keep us posted :-)

SamanthaDawn - 87 days ago
10 more days till my scheduled c-section! I had an OBS appointment yesterday and when I was washing my hands, the smell of the hospital soap got me so excited to have my baby! (It always does) That smell takes me right back to when I had my babies and stayed in the hospital. The day is getting closer I finally feel like it'll soon be here!

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Oh and that she booked this cruise 2 weeks ago makes me even more mad !!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok enough )))) Mummytoharrison, and Elisia GOOD LUCK MAMA's ..

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Well dog is here , got here at 5 am . My four year old is up playing with him, and im contracting. Bkle I have had a struggling on and off relationship with my mom for ever. This is my first child that im having and we are even talking. I am very mad and hurt and really don't understand how a cruise is so much more important to her then being her for her family. My husband and I value family a lot and the only family here in vegas is my mom and step dad..I'm just very thankfull to have my church family that I have known for 11 years now. They are all excited for this baby to come

HootOwl - 87 days ago
Been having cramping every 3 or so mins for the last 2.5 hours. Might race ya, elisiaxx

ElisiaDawn - 87 days ago
All day yesterday I have been emptying myself, upset tummy and sickness! Im having mild cramps today and hospital doesn't think it's long for me! I am bouncing on my ball to get contractions stronger. I am almost 39 weeks so anytime for me now!

bkle - 87 days ago
im not 37 weeks yet but wondering how anyone can go to 40 weeks! Im feeling like such a wimp, the pain all the time sucks! But when I feel him move it helps me be more excited to be where im at. This later pregnancy stuff is ALL new to me and im glad to be experiencing it most days. I cant wait to meet my little baby :-) oh and I read up on the group b stuff and it looks like I have to have antibiotics 4 hours before having him any time getting antibiotics within 2 hours isn't as effective. My active labors are usually 2 hours so hmmmm how is this going to work? My plan was to try to labor at home as long as possible. I was hoping that I got there just in time to pop him out with the hope that the dr misses the birth. Very possible for me considering the last two babies the dr either didn't make it or came just as I was pushing baby out. Hmmmm this will be interesting.

bkle - 87 days ago
4girls-- I still cant believe your mom left for vacation and asked you to watch her dog. Id be so mad right now, but seems like your taking it well. When my mom died we ended up with her horrible dog. Poops all over the house/barks/bites people but for some reason I don't have the heart to just give her to someone else. Even today we steam cleaned our 3 year olds room because her dog names 'princess' pooped in there and im always paranoid scrubbing it by hand gets it clean. I told my husband im starting to hate dogs because of her.

momofour - 87 days ago
Bkle... Yeah I agree... I love love love baby baths! And for sure often.. You need to keep that sweet baby smell... Not old milk & spit up in their neck rolls.. Ewwww....

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Hang in there bkle your body is working for it . It's a nice night so me and the family took a walk to the park . I have only had two contrations tonight, but one lasted 2 min long it was strong. My moms dog is coming over at 5 am tomorrow morning so im sure i won't be sleeping at all after that. Her dog barks every 5 min , and thinks its aloud on my bed . My husband will yell at it to get down so ya that keeps me up to. Oh and if I shut the door is barks and scraches my door . Oh and if you put it out side its barks and then my dogs start to bark.... Ya not happy about the dog. One week of this.

bkle - 87 days ago
cramps/feeling of got to go potty all the time; I can tell its going to be another long night for me ugh.

onj - 87 days ago
My kids get a bath every second night. SOMETIMES, if it's a weekend, I'll give them the bath during the day to occupy them for a while. I love baby baths though, and don't have as strict a schedule when they are babies. I find it soothes them, so sometimes they get extra baths for that reason. But I have read that 1-2 times a week is enough to keep them clean, as long as they are getting well wiped after feedings, changings, etc. 3 weeks seems a bit extreme.

bkle - 87 days ago
Us too, every night all the kids bath. My older ones shower in their bathroom and we keep our 3 year old in the bath as long as possible. Usually that's when I clean the bathroom and brush my teeth is when she is playing in the bath. I too bath my babies asap, just be careful of the cord. And they get wiped down a LOT with a soft wash cloth during the day after feedings and everything. I think its plain laziness why they waited this long to bath him.

SamanthaDawn - 87 days ago
Bkle-- Wow!! I was told not to actually bathe mybabies until their cords fell off. (just wipe down with a wet cloth and wash hair-without putting them in a baby bath) BUT their cords fell off around 6 days old. and the moment it fell off I was like yay! bathtime! I can't imagine waiting 3 weeks, I LOVE them smell of a freshly bathed baby!

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Right ewww ! I think the first bath is so exciting . Pictures, and they just smell so sweet after . I think my babies got a bath two days after they came home. Just have to be carfull of the belly. Bkle that is so weird I wonder why they waited so long. I give my little girls a bath every night , except today they had a day time one. We try and keep them busy in the bath for as long as we can helps them sleep.

bkle - 87 days ago
Im not much into talking behind backs but I must vent this one. My ex's sister In-law had her baby almost 3 weeks ago and just now gave him his first bath! I didn't understand why my ex's sister was saying they were bad parents and shouldn't be having any more kids but geez im starting to agree with her that if they cant or wont take care of the baby they shouldn't have anymore. I know we all parent differently but its borderline neglect not bathing your child for that long. ewww

bkle - 87 days ago
4girls-- same here, except I took an hour nap hehe. I deprive my 3 year old of tv so when I offered to let her watch curious George she was so happy and content. My nesting has been gone gone gone! Im so tired getting laundry done is a challenge, its like you said just trying to keep my eyes open for the kids. Last night I actually got 4 hours of sleep straight, it was so nice!

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
I have been so sleepy these last two days. I wish my husband would come home and let me nap. I am cleaning , doing hair stlyes on my 4 year old and two year old . I gave them a hour bath just playing with them , just to stay awake.Folding clothes .. bla Not nesting just trying to keep my eyes open

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
She said its part mucus plug and part pee.lOL My fluid was great on the ultra sound.

bkle - 87 days ago
4girls--- did they tell you if you were leaking fluid? or was it pee?

bkle - 87 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 - 87 days ago
Well at least we know we won't be pooing on our selves if we are going into labor ..lol 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 - 87 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 - 87 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 - 87 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 - 87 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 - 87 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 - 88 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 - 88 days ago
Mummytoharrison... that sucks, such a tease!!

HootOwl - 88 days ago
They've stopped again :( grrrr

bkle - 88 days ago
mummytoharrison---- yay---good luck keep us posted :-)

HootOwl - 88 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 - 88 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 - 88 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 - 88 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 - 88 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 - 88 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 - 88 days ago
Fingers Crossed, 4girls :) Keep us updated!!

4girls want a boy - 88 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 - 89 days ago
4girls-- have a good breakfast and appointment. Hope everything goes great!



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