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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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Hopin4ABoy31 - 11 days ago
Well it is all said and done!!! Naila (Nye-la) Ann Elizabeth made her debut on Sunday, March 15, 2015 after 6 short hours of labor! It was intense!!! It was really painful and really fast!! She is my third and my first labor was 17 hours from water breaking to birth. My second was about 19 hours. I was completely shocked! I went for the induction and breaking my water didn't do much of anything so they ended up giving me pitocin which I hate now!! I only got a little bit of it but it made my contractions come super fast and like one on top of the other! And they were pow-er-fulllll!!! I had one contraction that made me think I should tell them I need the epi now and by then it was too late! I went from 3cm to 6 in 3 hours then I went from 6 to 9 in one hour and about 4 contractions. I pushed for like an hour because my little diva struck a pose and had her hand lodged against her head on the way out. It was hard but I am so happy she is here!! I can hardly believe it. I just love looking at her and holding her. I went through with the tubal and part of me feels bad that there had better be no kids in my future but 3 is more than enough for me. I hope you ladies and your bumps and bundles are doing well!!

Dec Baby - 13 days ago
All the best hopin! Thinking of you!

Hopin4ABoy31 - 15 days ago
Congratulations Dec_Baby!!! I'm still at a -2 station dilated to 3cm and my contractions have stopped. I think I might have had one today! But I am going to be induced first thing Sunday morning and I cannot wait!! This will be my third and final little one. I'm getting my tubes tied on Monday.

Dec Baby - 15 days ago
Wow my pregnancy is almost over! I'm enjoying every last moment in case it's the only regret is I wish I'd taken a few more photos of these last months😉 My baby is fully engaged but still no contractions or a 'show'...I guess it can just happen anytime now!! Exciting!

joready2glo - 32 days ago
yes hes on iv drip now. could be a week or so before he comes out. my little girl was 12 days late so just hoping this 1 stays put a little while longer! baby is only a small bump but I have pgp so a bit sore. cant be doing with anymore hospital runs but he thinks I can run around as normal. still im not the 1 hooked up to a tube 24/7... .

Dec Baby - 33 days ago
joready...what a terrible situation! I hope you can get some help and support from family and friends! oh Not what you both need just before delivery! Glad your hubby is getting help though, sounds like they'll be hitting him hard with some strong antibiotics!

joready2glo - 34 days ago
absolutley bad timing. my husband had a back operationondec 1st and this week they have found he has an infection in his bone so hes back in hospital.......4 days before my due date.....he may have to go on a iv drip for a few weeks....arghhhh stressing!

blondiemom84 - 42 days ago
Thank you Dec baby!! Thanks for the encouragement! I am counting down the hours now! I need this baby to come asap! I think that I am just gonna try and enjoy my valentines day with hubby and really try hard not to think about it...I know that's a long shot but who knows, maybe I'll go into labor then. You are getting very close too. Hang in there and try and get as much rest as possible:-)

Dec Baby - 43 days ago
I feel for you blondiemom! I'm having moments like that and I still have 5 weeks to go! I had my O.B app and I'm starting to show that I'm a week ahead! My last Pregnancy was similar and ended up having a 4.4 kilo baby! So yeah...I'm feeling massive too😩 I guess you're counting away the hours just waiting for imminent signs...then the days and nights feel long hey?! My only advice is to go and make yourself a nice warm bath, add some salts, try and relax your strained muscles and then afterwards, prop up with as many pillows you can get your hands on! Oh and your other half should be at your beck and call for what ever hot/ cold drinks you desire! Keep us updated if you start to have any contractions:) I wish you lots of courage and strength for the days ahead!

blondiemom84 - 43 days ago
Today is one of those days where I just feel like bawling about everything. I am SO sick of being pregnant!!! I just want 2hrs of uninterrupted sleep! I Hate night time because I can't sleep at all. I know that my due date is still 5 days away, but honestly, I feel like I'm a month past my date!! I'm so huge and miserable I can hardly walk.I can't take it any more.

blondiemom84 - 44 days ago
Well hello at last to the final week of pregnancy!!! I have been sharing some info with you all on the success I've had with chiropractic and getting my breech baby to turn. I just saw her again today and baby is still head down thanks to her amazing expertise!!! If any of you women know your baby is breech and don't want a cesarean, I would recommend going to a good chiropractor well trained in the Webster technique. Its not too late. Mine got my baby to flip in only 3 adjustments!! Good luck mommies!!

Summer27Rayne - 44 days ago
I am just over 39 weeks. I had consistent and painful contractions for about 8 hours from 4am to around 12pm. I eat lunch and they stop almost completely until about 3:30pm. No more contractions. I am a little bit dissapointed, I was thinking this was the real deal.

mzmommyche - 58 days ago
Hey guys, I just finished up an article about what to expect when expecting - birth story edition! check it out and hop you like it!!! :) - 86 days ago
Thankb you went well my baby girl weighed 9lb3oz and is huge for me as I am only 5ft3in. Im dealing w baby blues also:( Im focusing on my perfect baby and loving husband:) - 87 days ago
Thankb you went well my baby girl weighed 9lb3oz and is huge for me as I am only 5ft3in. Im dealing w baby blues also:( Im focusing on my perfect baby and loving husband:)

Dec Baby - 90 days ago
Congratulations Deebo on the birth of your precious baby girl! Don't worry about all the things you couldn't Christmas will be so different! You just gave your family the most awesome Christmas present ever!! All the best for these next few busy weeks...I wish you a speedy recovery physically and mentally! Take one day at a time;)

lissie**** - 92 days ago
deebo I'm laughing at your COME OUT comment!! I totally remember feeling that way! Bless your heart!

lissie**** - 92 days ago
jlholla hope delivery went well!

lissie**** - 92 days ago
That sounds like a difficult delivery!!! Big baby like my last one was too! I hope you are healing up well and tearing wasn't too too bad! Congratulations though hun on a sweet baby girl! Big hugs!

deebo - 93 days ago
My water broke on the 22nd.. I had no contractions at all, and finally went into the hospital around 11pm. After waiting forever, by 4am they had me on an oxytocin drip.. I got an epidural around 8am.. Around 3pm I started feeling a lot of pressure, pain and urge to push... my epidural failed me.. And the doctor and anestathist were in the OR. Nurses told me not to push for almost two hours, I was in agony. I delivered my 9lbs 10oz baby girl without pain relief at 4:56pm.. We were home for Christmas, and I have barely slept. I am suffering a lot of pain every time I feed her, and have a bit of baby blues. Christmas is my FAVOURITE time of year, and I want a total do over. I did no baking, and barely any decorating. So depressing. my daughter is beautiful and healthy, and I need to keep focusing on that. - 93 days ago
Deebo-u and I are in the same boat m-this is the 1st commnt ive left but ive been rdng this forum since may. Im an older mom @45, and this road has been hell for me-at least-i will be induced tmrw..and just want all this OVER!

Dec Baby - 96 days ago
haha're lucky! Soon you'll be holding your precious baby...but I remember too, that it's hard to think about that when you're totally sleep deprived and in pain! All the best for a good delivery...not long to wait now:)

deebo - 97 days ago

lissie**** - 114 days ago
Aw Mel congratulations!!!! I had my baby 8:25 am on December 2 also! :)) Hope you are healing well and things are going smoothly with baby!!!

mel90 - 116 days ago
Had My Bby Yay..She Was Born Today At Dec 2 At 10:42 am I Forgot How Much Contractions hurt

2xmommy2b - 118 days ago
Well maybe the lo will stay put until the older one gets better! I tried it and no luck!

lissie**** - 119 days ago
it couldn't hurt!!! For me sex and walking get things going. I've been avoiding baby coming though and now my oldest has a fever of 106. I have no idea what I'm going to do.

2xmommy2b - 119 days ago
Thanks for the comments back ladies...sorry to post then go MIA - holidays were really hectic with family in town and staying with us UGH! it was a good visit but thankfully they're gone now! Has anyone heard of making cumin tea to induce labor? I have a friend who swears by it and wants me to try it tonight - eek! thoughts?

lissie**** - 124 days ago
I wrote a big reply the other day 2xmommy2be. Guess I didnt' submit it! dang it. I think probably wont make it means that from what dr has seen in the past most woman that are presenting like you goin into labor before your set induction date! So it's likely you'll go into labor naturally. Which would be awesome. But with labor you just never know!!!

2xmommy2b - 126 days ago
So my Dr agreed to induce me on December 2nd (wooohooo cuz I'm sooo ready!) but said I probably wouldn't make it to this date - just wondering if anyone else has been told they 'probably won't make it' and what that meant for them? My 6 yr old was a week late so I'm convinced I'll have to be induced with this baby too but looking for feedback - doc said I'm almost 3 cms dialated already...

ASergeantsWife - 142 days ago
40 + 4 and soooo ready to have this baby. I have never made it this far an after premature labor twice really didnt think I would this time either. I guess she has to come out sometime. Induction date set for the 18 th at 4 am but I would LOVE today :)

jojo - 150 days ago
Happy 39 weeks woo hoo :-)

blondeabby - 153 days ago
Thanks everyone:) so glad she is out! We almost lost her her shoulders were stuck. I posted a pic on my profile:) she looks like a month old baby and she is 3 days old in the pic!

afshanm07 - 153 days ago
Thanx u ladies and congrats blondeabby my birthday was on 18. bless u guys. Thanx glowingwith2. Bless u too on ur baby boy as well.

glowingwith2 - 158 days ago
Yay!! Afshanm, I am so happy your baby girl has arrived and healthy! I remember your tough times, I'm happy everything turned out ok. And fast labor too!! Blonde, wow! I bet she's so cute! I love full looking babies. My little man still has chicken legs! Snooks, keep us posted! I hope something changes for you soon. I can't wait to hear it's your turn.

snooks - 159 days ago
Congratulations ladies!!! Im still hanging on in week 40. Sigh. Currently 12 days later than both my girls. OB will discuss induction at apt on Fri. Sure hope to go naturally in the meantime.

blondeabby - 159 days ago
On October 18th at 6:25am weighing a whooping 10.3lbs Paige Willow was born! She is the sweetest most darling baby! She attracts everyone to her. It is very amazing to see:)

blondeabby - 159 days ago
Congrats Afshanm!! What name did you choose?

afshanm07 - 162 days ago
Sorry guys for late reply had my baby on 39 weeks on wednesday she was 7.9 pounds healthy and boy fast delivery within 2 hours got my epidural after ten mins was 10 centimeters and baby was natural birthday worth it. with all pains i had in 9 months and bleeding episodes i say to myself god saved her for.this day for me to hold her. Good luck girls with ur babies was a pleasure to talk and.get encouragement from u 9 months may god be with u and ur family amen. If we do have babies again keep posting. Best of luck

glowingwith2 - 162 days ago
Everyone else hanging in there? Snooks? Afshanm?

glowingwith2 - 162 days ago
Blonde, so exciting!! Update when possible!! :)

blondeabby - 164 days ago
Induction Day!!!

blondeabby - 166 days ago
I went to the hospital yesterday because of blurred vision. Stayed 2 hrs and got sent home. All tests came back normal:) Still waiting... I go see the ob today at 12 ....hoping she will take pity on me and induce me:) At the beginning of my pregancy I had 3 dreams with her being born on the 17th. I am hurting so much now. Only can sleep 2 hrs at a time:( Totally exhausted......not sure how I will be able to get her out:(

afshanm07 - 167 days ago
Same pain here snooks im tired myself

snooks - 167 days ago
I made it to Thanksgiving dinner. Enough already. Time to have this baby. Feels like a bowling ball between my legs and lots of pain and pressure. Scared to go into labour when I'm alone or just with my girls. Tick tock.

blondeabby - 168 days ago
Ok body ...get this baby out!!!

Madelmar17 - 170 days ago
My beautiful baby girl is here! Born Oct 7, 8 lbs 6 oz, 19 in long. Very short labor and delivery. Blessed and happy! - 179 days ago
On Friday, the 26th I had my c-section and at 7:36 a.m. Ansley Catherine Williams was born weighing 7 lbs 9 oz and measuring 20 and 1/4 inches. She is beautiful! Sorry for the late post!

MOMIIB - 185 days ago
Thanks ladies! Well tomorrow is my due date.... crazy... still nothing going on....looks like I will be making it to my CS on Friday am. 40 wks tomorrow, will post after his birth. Good luck ladies, blessings your way! :-)

giftfromjesus - 186 days ago
hi guys. I know you don't know me, but I've been on here for 3 months and reading people's comments off and on. I'm due in 3 days. I will try to remember to keep you guys posted and also post a birth story.I just want to encourage everyone.

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