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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ashleymoore03 - 3 days ago
well.. these migraines have had me hospitalized for 3 days now.induction via cervidil yesterday at 4:30 pm, taken out at 4:30 am. didn't work at all just caused really bad cramps n back pain. so they gave me cytotec at about 6 am, I am finally progressing. potocin starts in an hour, contractions are 3-4 mins apart. hopefully will see baby by 2 or 3.. prayers please :/
BabySchofield - 3 days ago
mommy1134, my Dr. gave me a due date of May 25th...I know I concieved August 25th, there was no other possible day I could have concieved...the due date I came up with myself was May 19th, but baby could have implanted after August 25th so I know my baby is going to be here between today and next weekend...unless she decides to be stubborn of course lol
mommy1134 - 3 days ago
Due May 24th 2013! Not much longer to go I was wondering if any May 24th or around that date mommy's knew when they conceived their little one!! Trying to figure our date out! Doc never told us
3lilprincesses - 3 days ago
I hope you ladies are all doing well, I know I've already had my little one but I still drop in to check on you all. Be blessed :-)
mamamia6 - 4 days ago
Hi week 39!! Had my precious baby girl Rain on May 12th. At 6:07am on mother's day!! She weighed in at 8lbs 8oz. She is 21 inches long. She is happy and healthy. I know I don't pst much but I always read posts. I will be posting my birth story when I get some time and sleep:-) Wishing all you ladies much baby dust and happy healthy babies:-) :-)
lizzy831 - 4 days ago
my doctor did want to induce me today but he had to go out of town. he said if i didnt have him before tuesday that he would induce me. he put me on bedrest due to high blood pressure. i go back to see him tuesday. they did a NST and baby was fine.
ashleymoore03 - 4 days ago
Lizzy plz let me know what they say. I'm at the hospital, they are keeping me overnight for observation. my headaches have went on for about a week now, they said its migraines n the neurologist says I can't have any meds til I deliver. hoping they will induce me in the a.m. so exhausted n ready for baby to be here. sorry ur miserable too Lizzy. hope u feel better soon
lizzy831 - 5 days ago
ashley this is my 6th and i feel the same way. i didnt get to go to my docs appointment last week. i have a feeling my blood pressure is through the roof. going today, going to ask about the headaches and body aches all over. i feel miserable. i feel like someone could take my legs and do a barbie twist in any direction with them. my hips pop every time i walk.. . sorry hun you feel miserable too, hope baby comes soon.
lientjie - 5 days ago
Hopefully this is my last week!!! I'm so tired of being pregnant!
ashleymoore03 - 6 days ago
This is my 5 th baby n I have neeeeveeeer felt this horrible at the end of my pregnancy :( I would never wish these migraines on my worst enemy. I'm not one to complain I'm just needn't someone to talk to who understands, n thought this was the perfect place. My husband bought me a new truck today n I can't even show my appreciation or enjoy it because of how I feel... Just wan cry right now :(
mwana4 - 6 days ago
I Started having some contraction since yesterday. It appears to be 6-15 minutes apart. I haven't lost my mucus yet. I plan to do some walking today and see Whats next..
lizzy831 - 6 days ago
when is my baby coming? i am getting anxious.
crooney - 6 days ago
Mysurpise- have you had a c-sect before? Now im nervous. I had one before and healed quickly. What happened to cause your itense pain and swelling? Im sorry you had to go through all that :( congrats on your angel though! I hope my baby is big!
Dragonsoccermom*teamBLUE* - 6 days ago
Mysurprise- swift healing dust to you! I'm sure it all feels worth it... Hang in there & snuggle that baby!
mwana4 - 6 days ago
Oh Mysurprise I am sorry that you had to go thru all that. I am glad you are ok and the baby. I hope you heal very soon....
mysurprise - 6 days ago
Hi Ladies! I ended up having a C-sect on 5/7, Nicholas Tyler was born at 8:01am, 9lbs 4oz, 21-1/2 inches long, no wonder why my last few weeks I was miserable lol I was in the hospital for 5 days, came home Saturday, back in the ER Sunday, my Mother's Day ruined from intense pain, I walked out with a catheter, I'm so swollen from the trauma of the surgery, I didn't pee for 17 hours! Baby is now a week old, he's FANTASTIC! :) His 1st doc apt is tomorrow, and I go to the doc to hopefully get this thing removed on Thursday. Lots of luck to you ladies :) Hope everyone is doing well and is healthy!
mwana4 - 6 days ago
Congrats to you Irish, Christine, and mgoodly. Send us lots of labor dust over here....
mgoodly - 6 days ago
I gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Rosaria Noelle' on Mon 05.13.13.. Ill update everyone with my birth story once I get out of the hospital.. Its a long story... Congratulations to the ladies who gave birth and lador dust to the births coming up.. Be blessed..
christine1602 - 6 days ago
Baby Jethro was born yesterday safely at home. We are doing well. I know I don't post much but it has been fun to follow you all on your journey. Good luck all!
irishgirl44 - 8 days ago
baby luca john was born sat am at 2.25am weighing 8lbs 4 quick 2nd birth no time for drugs very proud of myself amazing experience. wishing you all healthy deliveries baby dust x
mwana4 - 8 days ago
Hi everybody and Happy Mother's day to you all.
I am 39 weeks and 3 days. Four days left and we are getting very excited to see the baby boy. I hope he comes on time. My body hasn't Started to show any sign of labor yet, but I am not in the rush either. This is my last baby and I feel soo much attachment with him in my tommy. I feel like I am going to miss his kicks plus movement, and me messaging my stomach Everytime he moves. is anyone feeling the same too? Hope everyone is well.
kristynj - 9 days ago
BTW...i did not have my baby...yet! Most likely ill have her on Monday morning!!
kristynj - 9 days ago
Anyone else have their baby?
kristynj - 10 days ago
Irish-sorry the sweep didn't work! Hopefully the next one will! A friend got a nasty cold @36 weeks & the coughing/sneezing started contractions...so she had the baby early!! Brookee-good luck to u! Sounds like you're hanging in there!
brookeecookee - 10 days ago
40+3. Irish, I hear you on the cold. I got a terrible sore throat and a little cold a few days ago and decided it was best my little guy hold off so I could smooch him not sick. It has made sleeping even more terrible. But after a day of drinking green juiced veggies I'm bouncing back quickly. Finally having my first real signs of cramping/contractions today but still don't tjink he will be showing up anytime soon.
sugarbaby1980teamblue - 11 days ago
Irishgirl, I was hoping you were going into labor with that last sweep! If induction doesn't sound right then don't do it, follow your heart.
lisamarie29 - 11 days ago
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irishgirl44 - 11 days ago
sweep didnt work again. had a lot of pains yesterday even got my man to stay off he was so excited that he thought baby was coming. ive also got the worst cold ever at the moment so maybe baby waiting to come till after thats gone. going for another sweep today .i could get induced tomorrow at 12 if i want to but to be honest its not sitting right with me
sugarbaby1980teamblue - 12 days ago
Being induced Sunday night but praying something happens sooner. Can't wait to see who goes into labor first with all of us girls!
Pocahontas - 12 days ago
Kristyn and irish - so excited for you. Look forward to hearing the great news when babies are here.
irishgirl44 - 12 days ago
had another sweep last night had a show at 4am been a bit crampy got my man to stay off just in case fingers crossed i go tonight . i can have induction sat if i want im not sure tho x
kristynj - 12 days ago
Well had my last doctors appointment today...its official!! c-sect scheduled for Monday, may 13th! I was hoping for a minute the doctor would say I could try a vbac like she mentioned months ago, but after everything that happened the first time around, she said she thinks a c-sect would be the safest!! Doc said I could move it up if I wanted but I kind of want one more weekend with my little girl & hubby! I'm hoping ill go into labor before then, because ill know for sure my babes is ready to come out...but if not...may 13th it is!!! I'm scared.
sonic - 13 days ago
Wow ladies, you're still hanging in there. Am due May 11th, 3 days away and have no clue when this bub is going to show up. I feel like he's dropped but as this is my 2nd pregnancy, what do I know. Have appt with the midwife tomorrow so hopefully she can give me a heads up. Mother's Day here in NZ on the 12th, so that's when I reckon this little one will make his appearance. Like the rest of you, I'm over and just want my body back. I'd like to bend over without my knees going outwards. I'd also like to get back down and play with my 2 1/2 yr old son, whose nose will be put out of joint next week. I'm already thinking 'how am I going to do this with 2 kids'. Then I think, I will have my energy back so where there's a will, there's a way. Fingers crossed for you all out there and will be checking in again. Keep smiling ladies, there's light at the end of this loooong tunnel :o)
Dragonsoccermom*teamBLUE* - 14 days ago
Irish- wow, didn't think you'd make it this far. please don't go on moving day & good luck.
irishgirl44 - 14 days ago
brooke with my son i went to 42 weeks i was the last one in my group to go and the only one in week 42 you could practically see brambles going by in there ;-) heres hoping you dont go that long and that i go this weekend.. moving house next friday and with an autistic toddler its not going to be easy .. but hell its got to be done!
brookeecookee - 14 days ago
Today is due day! My cervix is closed and baby is still high. Looks like I have a long road ahead of me.
sugarbaby1980teamblue - 14 days ago
Saw the doctor today and still only dilated to 1 so she has decided to induce me on may 12th which is my due date. At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel here.
brookeecookee - 14 days ago
Bless your heart Irishgirl! I can only imagine having another baby to look after while being so pregnant, in pain, and exhausted. I keep my now 9 month nephew a good bit and am beyond exhausted by the time my sister comes to get him. And I kept my older sister's 3 and 7 year olds during my 2nd tri for 3 days and thought I was going to die from exhaustion. Bless all of your hearts, those of you who already have one or a few.
irishgirl44 - 14 days ago
oh i really hope i wont be here iam so uncomfortable and really want this baby to come now! 2nd pregnancy is def harder in the fact that i have another wee man to look after as well and he is getting frustrated with me not being able to get up and play with him.
brookeecookee - 15 days ago
1 day to 40 weeks! I can't believe I'm here! Totally shocked. I remember when I would look at the how far along and I was only a few weeks in, then half way in, but now at the end: Wow! I don't feel like my little buddy is coming anytime soon. Although I personally feel like I dropped, every person I come across keeps saying: whoa! you are huge but you haven't dropped yet. Well, I pee constantly, I can breath again, and my pelvis is back to beyond excruciating and feeling shattered to pieces. I'm hoping that means something. No contractions, though! I maybe have two contractions in a day for a few seconds if I'm lucky. So, pretty sure little buddy won't be here for awhile. It will be interesting to see who else is still here over the next two weeks!
irishgirl44 - 15 days ago
39 weeks 7 days to go ..come on already.. i am swelling up like anything over here!
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