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Your baby's crown-to-rump length at this time is approximately 14.4 inches and the total length is approximately 21.5 inches. The average baby weighs a little more than 7 pounds now and is preparing for birth. You are probably as big as you are going to get and may be uncomfortable now. Most women gain between 25 and 35 pounds during their pregnancy. Your uterus is about 7-8 inches above your bellybutton now.

Although your baby continues to grow and develop inside of your uterus, there is not much room for him to move about. All of your baby's organ systems are now complete and the lungs were the last to fully mature.

If you are uncomfortable with your pregnancy at this time, you are not alone. Most women are ready to deliver their babies. It would be very unusual for you to not be uncomfortable at this time. Your uterus has grown a lot and now fills your entire pelvis and abdomen. Try not to ask your doctor to induce you, unless it is medically necessary. Your cervix is ripening in preparation for delivery and your bladder is under a lot of pressure. You may feel nervous about the upcoming labor. You will know when you are in labor because contractions will get worse when you move around and they will also get stronger and more frequent. Other signs of labor are the breaking of your water or a bloody show as the mucus that plugged your cervix becomes dislodged.

Most of the lanugo on your baby should be gone by now. Your baby still may have some on his shoulders and in the creases of his body. Your baby's toenails have reached the end of his toes. The umbilical cord is about a half inch thick and may be wrapped around him. The umbilical cord still supplies the baby with nutrients that he needs. After delivery, your baby's umbilical cord will be clamped and cut. After it is cut, he will be an independent human being and must perform all of his body functions on his own. Your baby will get antibodies from your body that give his immune system a boost.

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Baby ali - 2.4 hours ago
Sarah- my two girls r rebels at the moment 3 year and 2 year old, they throw things on the floor right in front of me wen am sitting down and run away just so I try n pick it up lol they no I can't pick things of the floorπŸ˜–πŸ˜– they find it funnyπŸ‘€ they Laff at me wen am struggling to pick things upπŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“

Baby ali - 3 hours ago
fnouf- only 4 days till ur due dateπŸ˜ƒ not long now

Baby ali - 3.1 hours ago
ladybug- congratulations! lots of mummies r having their babies now πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ just few of us left waddling around lolz. hope you and baby r doing wellπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

ladybug85 - 4.9 hours ago
Violet Isabelle was delivered via c-section on 8/19. She was 8 lbs 6 oz and 19 inches long. She's perfect and we love her so much already! Congrats and good luck ladies :)

sarah6485 - 8.5 hours ago
I definatly think the kids will be the start of our labours haha. Yes I think we are all getting tired and anxious now so it's no surprise we snap get upset and wana scream and cry. I swear kids know we can't do much while we are this big haha

Baby ali - 8.6 hours ago
fnouf- I no how u feel am the same feel very emotional and angry, had an argument with hubby the other night over a little thing, swore my head off at him and told him to get out my houseπŸ‘€ poor man didn't no wat to do LOL told him am gonna leave him and go to my mums if he dares pisses me offπŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜– and even the kids r really pushing me to become a horrible emotional insane women😰 they r running wild and I have no energy to do anything, feel like the house is a mess although I clean it everyday and it gets to me, feel like crying wen kids mess it up again and again, i just can't cope with the emotions, Sarah- I do feel sorry for our kids it's not their fault that we can't cope with our pregnancy hormones😩😩😩😩 hopefuly not long till these babies come out and we r back to normal LOL

fnouf - 14.8 hours ago
gah emotional mess today! Just ripped this ignorant old bat a new one at Aldi, it was really busy and she took a parent and child space instead of waiting for a normal one meaning I had to squeeze Isabelle in and out of her car seat. Then I keep randomly crying. My Dad just felt my wrath too! Katie asked for Ice cream but I said no cus she already had some in the freezer and has a carrier bag full of sweets and chocolate left from Easter as I don't like them eating too much junk so takes ages to get thru it. So just to make me look like a twat my Dad decided to buy her a box of ice creams. I swear I nearly punched him too lol. My husband has done nothing wrong but he is definitely on my hit list. I know its hormones but still finding it hard to chill. Anger, tears, jealousy (no idea why) gaaahhhhh hormones need to do one!!!!

sarah6485 - 16.5 hours ago
Yes our babies most likely won't fully engage until we are in labour mine don't engage until I'm in established labour. And tell me about it baby Ali defo know it's Friday as kids seem to be little devils come the end of the week and test my patience I'm surprised it's not our kids playing up that sends us into labour hahaha

Baby ali - 17.9 hours ago
fnouf- oh right, she did say with the 3rd it will engage during labour. oh well it's the waiting game now it can't stay in there forever lolz My kids r playing up now they r soo naughty dnt listen to a word I say which is annoying me and really pushing my patience!! aarrggh god help

fnouf - 19 hours ago
the nipple thing did nothing for me either. Unfortunately 4/5 engaged means not very. 4/5 is how much of the head can be felt above your pelvis so 1/5 means almost fully engaged. I was 2/5 on last visit the Thurs before last so don't think it means much. They say with 3rd baby you probably won't fully engage until you are in established labor. Pretty sure baby has popped out of my pelvis again anyway lol. I have midwife this coming Thurs so we'll see lol

Baby ali - 1 days ago
LOL nipple stimulation and sex is doing nothing for me LOL waste of my sooo called energy😩😩😩😩😩😩

cheerlover2003 - 1 days ago
Yea! I don't know how true it is but I have heard of ladies hooking up their breast pumps early to do nipple stimulation and that it actually works for them. I haven't tried it before but maybe if I still haven't had my baby by mid next week I might be desperate enough. I am just sick of going to work by now and I just want my squishy baby! ;)

sarah6485 - 1 days ago
I've tried nipple stimulation before and I not ever get a contraction from it sometimes I think thy tell us all this to keep us occupied haha

Baby ali - 2 days ago
had midwife appointment today everything's okay head is engaged 4/5 does that mean it's nearly there?? feeling a lot of pressure very low pelvic area wen I stand, feel very uncomfortable today hope I have the baby mid next week would be great got advised by the midwife to call hospital induction ward 7:45am on Saturday 30th and go in to be induced if I dnt go into labour b4 then. so I guess I know il defo have baby by 30th fingers crossed and lots of prayers :0) hope all goes well for all the ladies ready to have the baby. also midwife told me to rest but it's very unlikely with two children who need constant attention and looking after, she sed I look very tired and exhausted lol obviously!!!!! I can't sleep during night due to heartburn and leg cramps by the time I do sleep it's 3-4am then awake for 8-9am so yeah I do look like a zombie πŸ‘€ also got advised by the midwife on how to naturaly go into labour! sex and nipple stimulation LOL like I dnt no

sarah6485 - 2 days ago
I've been bowling tonight with the kids and then done the deed again so far lots braxtons and cramps again bet it it's all stopped again by morning though :-/ Aslong as it's doing something gradually πŸ‘

cheerlover2003 - 3 days ago
Thanks Sarah. I will try to do more walking. I was hoping being active with my 2 other kiddos was enough but I will have to get more serious or just more patient :)

sarah6485 - 3 days ago
Cheer lover stay active I had to have a big walk and go up some big steps to get it going properly as I had contractions every 10 mins for a whole day so went on a big walk and bam every 3 mins they started coming but as I say my friends first sweep worked mine took 2nd sweep to get it going good luck :)

cheerlover2003 - 3 days ago
My doc said she normally won't so them but because I am a VBAC momma and my cervix was 'very soft' and 2 cm she thought I was a good candidate. I really knew nothing about it so I almost said no but I also really want labor to start because I'm tried of these contractions that just fizzle away and do nothing.. But I'm still here, 18 hours after the sweep so I guess it's not working, although I read that it can still happen up to 3 days later due to a sweep..

sarah6485 - 3 days ago
I had a sweep last baby first sweep I lost my plug 2nd sweep started contractions and I had her that evening but yes you do have to be favourable for a sweep if your cervix is high and closed they can't do one. I tried to have one at 39 weeks and was high and closed but come 40 weeks I was 1 cm soft by 2nd sweep I was 2cm more effaced it definatly helped get things moving. My friend due same time had one sweep and had the baby 8 hours later πŸ‘

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 3 days ago
Never had membranes swept, but I hear it doesn't do much if your body just isn't ready to go into labor or your cervix isn't ripe. Doctor's appointment yesterday, he's been wanting to induce because of high blood pressure, but the baby just has not dropped at all! Have to go back again Thursday, but I have a feeling the baby won't drop until I go into labor. So far, cervix is still high and only 1cm. My body was much more prepared with my first baby :-(

fnouf - 3 days ago
had one with first, didn't do anything x

cheerlover2003 - 4 days ago
I'm feeling hopeful because I had my membranes stripped about 4 hours ago. This is my 3rd baby but first time I've done a sweep. Anyone else have any experience with a membrane sweep?

fnouf - 4 days ago
Yay, 39 weeks today! hoping not to give birth for another couple of weeks tho :-)

expectingmysecondangel - 10 days ago
Susie- thanks a lot for keeping me and my little angel in your prayers. I'm so thankful to God everything went well and now I'm back home recovering and enjoying my little baby with my family. My baby didn't even need special care or anything and he scored 9 in the Apgar test! That's how amazing our God is! :). Hope everything is still going great for you. My best wishes to all the mommies who are still pregnant, wish you all a safe and happy labor . <3

funtimemum80 - 10 days ago
Thank you susie, am getting ready I can feel it, heaven knows why I have to pre labour before actually going into labour, my body does this everytime....

susieq2582 - 11 days ago
Funtimemum80- good luck with your delivery. I hope all comes quickly and safely.

susieq2582 - 11 days ago
Expectingmysecondangel- so relieved all the prayers worked. Enjoy your beautiful baby.

funtimemum80 - 12 days ago
39 weeks, I have been waiting to be on the end of this line for a long time, I can't believe my pregnancy is almost over!!

expectingmysecondangel - 12 days ago
Thank you girls !!!! I can't believe pregnancy is over and now we are staring a new journal.

babylovers - 12 days ago
Expecting- I'm happy everything went good and blessings over your stomache for quick healings. I have no update I'm going in wedsday night and being induced Thursday morning times going by sooo slow. I am having contractions all day today but no labor.

ira456 - 12 days ago
Expecting, congrats! I'm so glad it all went well!!!!

expectingmysecondangel - 12 days ago
Thank you Susie and BabyLovers- everything went perfect!! Thank God!. My baby boy was born Friday at 8:30am , he weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces and measured 19 3/4. He's in perfect conditions! The general anesthesia didn't affect him at all!! :). We are so in love with him!!!. I'm still in pain due to the C Section but I would do it all over again for him. IRA!!!! Congratulations!! BabyLovers- any update ? :)

susieq2582 - 14 days ago
Expectingmysecondangel- I hope all went well today, and you are resting comfortably!

susieq2582 - 14 days ago
Ira456- Great news!!! Congratulations!!!!

ira456 - 14 days ago
My little girl is finally here! weighing 8 lbs 4 oz. We are so in love. The doctor broke my water at 8:30am and I started getting contractions at 3pm. She was born at 5:32pm.

babylovers - 15 days ago
Expecting - thank you so much I'm praying your labor and delivery goes smooth.

expectingmysecondangel - 15 days ago
Susie- so glad everything went well!! Yay!! Congratulations!!! Ira- thank you my darling . Same goes to you! Babylovers- sending labor dust your way!!! Just hang in there you will meet your baby soon. :)

ira456 - 15 days ago
Expecting- good luck tomorrow on your induction!!!! Hang in there babylovers, you are just days away!

babylovers - 15 days ago
I'm really getting impatient I'm thinking my little boy wont come until Wednesday when I go get induced.

ira456 - 15 days ago
Congrats Susie that's awesome!

susieq2582 - 15 days ago
I put his picture on my page too.

susieq2582 - 15 days ago
Anthony James arrived at 8:50 am. He is 7 lbs 9 oz and 20 inches long. I will type up my birth story now. I will be thinking of all of you ladies that are scheduled for tomorrow. My prayers are still with you.

babylovers - 16 days ago
Congrats Susie my prayers are with you for the greatest delivery.

expectingmysecondangel - 16 days ago
JDH- CONGRATSSS!!!!!! I'm so happy for you and so glad everything went well. Big hugs!! Susie- sending my best wishes to you! :)

susieq2582 - 16 days ago
Another punctual child for me...we will be heading to the hospital soon. Contractions since 1:30 and my water broke at 3:40.

babylovers - 16 days ago
Susie I'm praying its the real thing and that you will know if it is or not. Come on contractions. I'm awake too I can't sleep tonight I'm also having some contractions but nothing consistent enough.

susieq2582 - 16 days ago
JDH- I am so happy for you! Welcome to the world Miss Beverly! I'm up with contractions now, so I hope to be at the hospital in a few hours. Don't want to wake hubby if it isn't the real thing.

ira456 - 16 days ago
Congratulations JDH!

JDH - 16 days ago
Baby Beverly was born at 8:00pm 6' 7' & 20' long. Everything went so smoothly and I didn't even tear! The doctor broke my water at 5:00 and I walked a little, used the birthing ball some but mostly labored in bed. It was a wonderful experience and I already can't believe it's over! Good luck to you ladies with inductions/c-sections this week! You'll do great!

ira456 - 16 days ago
Yay Friday is so close! I hope you all have a smooth and easy delivery! I'm getting so nervous!

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