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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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delarla - 2 days ago
Royal- I never have, but preggo or not that's not normal and I would call your doc.

Royal-P - 2 days ago
I have a question: has anyone ever experience numbness in their body while pregnant? my left side is numb

Royal-P - 2 days ago
congrats Mrscephas, that must have been amazing

Kekea - 3 days ago
Mrscephas congrats on your baby boy and your vbac!!!

mrscephas - 3 days ago
Had our August baby by VBAC last Friday. Malachi weighed 3.94kg/ 8lb 11oz, was out in three pushes with ventouse and small episiotomy. We're home now enjoying our bundle of joy.

mrscephas - 7 days ago
I've been admitted and hooked on monitors and baby's doing well and head down 3/5. So they've stuck a balloon up my cervix to get things going. I'll be reviewed in 6 hrs and if dilation is good, they'll break my water +/- hormone drip. Keep you posted. Xx

beckym - 9 days ago
Good luck mrscephas!

mrscephas - 9 days ago
Thx all. I'm putting my faith in God alone. - 10 days ago
Best of luck mrscephas

mrscephas - 10 days ago
Sweep done, waiting for any changes... Still braxton hicks every sort of half hour. I'm booked for balloon induction on this Thursday morning.

Kekea - 11 days ago
good luck mrscephas!!!

mrscephas - 11 days ago
I'm 39+4 and having a sweep in approx 12 hours time. We'll see how that goes, pray for me.

claraxx - 17 days ago
I'm so fed up lilpumpkins! Even people due after me are having their babies already. The constant texts from friends asking if there is any news is doing my head in! I should say yes I had the baby last month but didn't tell you!!! I want to hideaway till she is born. Sorry for rant 😞

lil.pumpkins - 18 days ago
claraxx- I'm in the same boat as you, today is my due date and still no baby. I was so hoping that he would come a bit early so that I can enjoy the rest of my summer before my kids go back to school in September but looks like my lil guy has other plans.

claraxx - 19 days ago
Really want to meet baby now. Come out!

lil.pumpkins - 21 days ago
3 more days till I hit my due date, ShoppNhelpsD looks like I might be in the same boat as you lol. I'm hoping that it wont be to much longer now. Is anyone else coming close?

lil.pumpkins - 22 days ago
eliciamadora- I am so with you on that, I have asked myself the same question. I thought for sure that I would go early and my due date is closing in fast and I think I'm going to go over.

eliciamadora - 22 days ago

beckym - 22 days ago
I'm not vbac, but I am going to try some of those things!

mrscephas - 22 days ago
So, the VBAC class went really well. Main focus being channeling your inner goddes and rocking the hips to guide baby down into the pelvis and birth canal as naturally as possible. Exercising slow, rhythmic breathing and listening to your body to work with the contractions, rather than tensing up and releasing adrenaline, then dancing in between the contractions.

mrscephas - 23 days ago
Really looking forward to my VBAC class tomorrow. Hopefully all the techniques will get us going. If not, then I'll have a sweep at 39+4 and see how things turn out. Either way, I'm not going over 40 weeks due to the GDM so we'll see how things turn out.

lil.pumpkins - 23 days ago
No I switched OB's late in my pergnancy because the first dr I had I didn't like him so I went back to the one dr I had with my daughter. Big mistake ever, he knew I was over due and he wanted me to stay that way for 3 extra weeks because he was going away I made him set up a date for me to be induced because there was no way I was even going to risk my child's life or my own the dr's are not sapose to keep you pregnant over 42 weeks. The OB I was sent to for me to be induced went over everything and he was really concerned for me and the baby because I was 2 and half weeks over due I'm just glad that everything turned out okay.

ShoppNhelpsD - 24 days ago
Lil.pumkins 2 and a half weeks over due?! Wow! Question: Had ur placenta had any calcification going on? I read yesterday in wk42 that someone was 20 days over due and her placenta had calcification. (If thats the proper way to use that word) She thought she may have had her dates wrong but turned out she was over due. So curious if yours had too. Went in to see the doctor for a different reason and they checked me again today and still only 1 centimeter dilated. BOO! Its fine. Baby will come when it's ready. I dont want to be induced... I just want a healthy baby. 🐣

lil.pumpkins - 24 days ago
I know the feeling I was induiced with my youngest I went 2 and half weeks over due and I'm really hoping it doesn't happen with this one. I also have my appointment with my dr on Wednesday morning hoping that I hear some good news that our lil one will be making his way here soon the wait seems to be very long now I know I still have 6 more days to go but I so want him here badly. I hope to hear your good news soon and good luck in case your lil one does come anytime now :)

ShoppNhelpsD - 25 days ago
Congrats lil.pumkins! We are all getting close... although my due date is tomorrow and I seriously think im going to be over due by a few day min. Im due tomorrow and have an appt on Wednesday to see how im doing and to talk about a possibility of being induced. Which I am not really in favor of unless medically necessary. Its officially my due date! Still pregnant over here! Lol Off to week 40!

lil.pumpkins - 25 days ago
39 weeks today eeek so close and so excited and don't want to wait anymore lol...ShoppNhelpsD sounds like things are moving along nicely for you not much longer left to go by the looks of it that you might have your lil one before me. Kekea I will for sure keep you posted I'm really hoping that my lil guy will come by next weekend or if I'm lucky he will come sometime this week. Its going to be a very busy next 2 weeks as my MIL is moving and we still have shopping to do for back to school etc, I hope all is well ladies :)

ShoppNhelpsD - 26 days ago
Thanks kekea! I really feel like it wont come till next week at this rate lol but whenever it comes ill be happy for it to arrive healthy... but ur right it could literally be anytime. Signs or no sign. My son came and I had not had any signs of him coming previously that week or day.

Kekea - 26 days ago
Glad you ladies had good appointments. We all know that labor is so unpredictable. You can go from little progress to having a baby before the night is over. I'm looking for you guys baby announcements soon and I'm hoping for a safe labor and deliver for all of you guys and your babies.

ShoppNhelpsD - 26 days ago
My appt went okay, baby got monitored for 20 min. At that time i was contacting every 7-8 minutes which felt like braxton hicks. And I was 1 centimeter dilated and 30% effaced. So its moving along but nothing that tells me I might have it this weekend. I was hoping for friday night or Saturday. So far all I've had are leg cramps... painful leg cramps...

lil.pumpkins - 27 days ago
it went well lil one was very active so the dr was having a blast trying to get his heartbet lol he said everything looks good and it shouldn't be to much longer now till our lil one comes.

ShoppNhelpsD - 28 days ago
My appt is tomorrow! And I'm due on the 10th hopefully all is good & baby is born healthy on its own... Lil.pumkins how did ur appt go?

lil.pumpkins - 28 days ago
I have my dr appointment this afternoon so I'm hoping that maybe I will get some good news today, I believe lil one is sitting low now I'm starting to feel alot of pressure when I'm walking around so those could be some new signs that lil one is making his way. I'm feeling really tired again and hoping its not to much longer to go.

ShoppNhelpsD - 29 days ago
I drink so much water during the day that i guess that's why i have to pee do much at night. .. 4 more days till my due date. .. have an appt friday let's see What they say hope all is good.

beckym - 29 days ago
I get pee envy, when I'm in a stall of a public restroom, I had to rush to get there with the urgency of a large baby sitting on my bladder, only to find that I had to pee for a cool 5 seconds. As I am sitting there, not as satisfied as I thought I would be, I hear the pee stream a few stalls down, sigh as I look at my invisible watch because I know they have been peeing for at least 20 seconds, and realize that would only be me if I had to pee so bad I could scream, which isn't a trade off.

lil.pumpkins - 29 days ago
lol ShoppNhelpsD I go throw the samething, I feel like I go to the bathroom like every 5 minutes. It also doesn't help much when lil one loves to move and kick around.

ShoppNhelpsD - 30 days ago
I am having some heartburn right now, I never have heartburn & its mild to barely noticeable when I have had it... having to pee so often at night is a pain... it seems I only have to pee when im laying down at night ugh! Such a pain to know I'll have to pee a minimum of 5x before I can consider getting comfortable in bed & think about going to sleep..

ShoppNhelpsD - 30 days ago
Hello everyone in week 39! Any day now! So far no contractions what so ever, still have my mucus plug, braxton hicks have been present for me since the begining so nothing different there, ligament pain under my belly button are painful & and slight nausea came back a couple weeks ago in the a.m. but now I notice it when I wake up from a nap too. Some loose stool even though I honestly feel backed up. I pray everyday 'please dont let me poop on myself during delivery' lol. Lil.pumkins I am done packing bags! Just finished! Im sure I'll go through it all again tomorrow & double check everything. Even packed things for the dad (I told him to pack his bag but has yet to do it), all I need is shorts or pants for him. I'll grab those day of when I feel contrations.

lil.pumpkins - 30 days ago
Good luck ShoppNhelpsD hope your lil one comes soon as well, did you get your hospitals bags all packed and ready or you still working on it?

ShoppNhelpsD - 32 days ago
I guess it's officially tomorrow! I'm 39 weeks! 😄 Baby could be here any one of these days now 🐣

ShoppNhelpsD - 32 days ago
Wow lots of ladies in week 39! Good luck to u all ill join u tomorrow! Any day now !

lil.pumpkins - 42 days ago
congratz flybear :) - 43 days ago
Congratulations Flybear!

flybear - 48 days ago
We had baby Henry! :) He's so precious. Good luck to everyone still waiting!

sleepymom - 92 days ago
had my baby yesterday, vaginal delivery with an epidural, no tearing, meconium in the amniotic fluid but luckily no complications from it, cord wrapped around the neck twice. glad labour is done. baby seems happy and healthy. i feel pretty good. the afterpains are uncomfy this time around.

KristinaA - 126 days ago
Good luck today, Kristi! Today is the last day before my due date. With my last baby, I was already in the hospital by now. This time around, no signs of impending labor. Boo. I stepped up my normal .45 mile morning walk to 1.34 miles this morning. Hopefully this little girl gets the message that I want to hold her in my arms, not my belly.

KristinaA - 128 days ago
Kristi -- the cleaning is a good sign. I cleaned 1 bathroom of my house for 8 hours straight and went into labor w/ my daughter 2 days later. That's the nesting instinct.

KristiW - 128 days ago
I am still here as well! Scheduled induction an April 30th! I am 2cm dilated. I've bounce on a ball, had a maternity massage focused on pressure points, drank rasberry leaf tea and stayed active with hubby. NOTHING. Cleaned for 8 hrs straight yesterday....UGH:( But only a couple days left!

KristinaA - 129 days ago
39w3d 1 cm dialated, and cervix still too high and posterior for a membrane sweep. Induction scheduled for May 12 in the unlikely event that baby stays put for 41.5+ wks. Midwife recommended Evening Primrose Oil. Will have to get me some of that!

KristinaA - 129 days ago
I'm still here. Despite walking over 8 miles last week, and lots of clary sage oil for like 3 weeks now. 4 more days until due date. Still hopeful I'll have this baby sooner than later...

babylove5 - 147 days ago
I know how you feel, my family is a hour and half away and I don't see them often. It sounds like the father only cares about himself just based on all his choices. That's a bad situation and unfortunately you can't make someone care but you can get child support and plenty of it. Im not sure about letting him in the child's life either, especially if his wife already doesn't like the baby. I would request supervised visits to ensure the safety of the child. I'm exhausted breastfeeding is wearing me out. I give him one bottle at night so I can get some sleep but I'm still only getting 5 hours. His jaundice level was high but they decided to leave him alone since he's eating well and has plenty of dirty diapers.

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