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.
Would you like to announce the birth of your new baby? Do so by clicking this link: I gave birth!
Almost there! Did you know that we also have a month by month calendar for babies? You can find it in the menu under `Babies`: Month by month
lalapet - 7 days ago
hey still here :) I did castor oil belly rub and I applied it 'down there' its harmless might might stim contractions, took hot/warmish bath, BD'd with hubby now going to drink glass of wine to relax. Same here had one good contraction like 5 min-10 minutes ago, maybe it will continue? Hopefully not going back to work tomorrow, but I prolly will :(
dasha - 7 days ago
Hello girls. Still here... anything new lalapet? I see nobody's been on here for two days, so I'm hoping that you guys 'got lucky'... I had only ONE real honest-to-goodness contraction yesterday, and other than that, all has been quiet on the inside. He's rolling around as usual, and likes, it seems, to push against my hipbone when stretching, but other than that, I don't feel any progression. What gives me hope is that my 'spiritual mom' says she felt yesterday that labour is imminent. So I'm holding on to that intention with both hands... Here's hoping! Have a great day!
lalapet - 9 days ago
hey girls, I had bad low back pain, and period like cramps but not really contractions the WHOLE day today. My back did not hurt this entire pregnancy so Im really hoping its a start to labor. I bought castor oil, but kinda chicken to drink it, I did the castor oil belly rub instead, soaked my feet in hot water bc that relaxes your body which could help with starting contractions. plus it felt nice! Otherwise, I am still hoping for weekend baby, as my due date is monday.
AussieDanni - 9 days ago
Actually, it was yesterday i met the anethetist...its 3am here :p clearly i need more sleep ;) Bub tends to be awake at 3am, i use to be able to sleep through her moving, not now though!!
AussieDanni - 9 days ago
You will Dasha!! It is now my due date here....and bub is currently rolling around.....no joke i have had the highest movements from her the last 24hrs then i have had in days...and i am pretty sure i can feel her laying horizontal in my tummy now! She is far too comfy i think. Never mind. I met the anethetist today, so only a few days til she is evicted!
dasha - 9 days ago
Wow, Mommyohmommy! Talk about a quickie! Lucky you, in some respects! I'd love it if it was 1-2-3 deliver! Tho I imagine you must've had some, um, choice words for your doctor afterwards.... lalapet, let me know how the castor oil works out for you. I might consider it, but only once I hit the 40-week mark. But then, I don't feel like I ought to kick the little guy out of his home before he's ready.... hmmm.... decisions, decisions.... Congratulations HMS on your birth! Do send labour dust, please! Next week is spring break for my five-year old, so was kind of hoping to go into labour this week while he still conveniently had school, but may 'ship him off' to his grandparents as of Wednesday next week (doctor's appointment, where they'll decide how to proceed) for a day or two... I'd rather a)go into labour or b) be c-sectioned when I know that he is somewhere being taken care of and I'd only have to think of myself.... Found out that, lucky me, my doctor is off to Cozumel, Mexico today for two weeks, so sadly have no chance of being delivered by the man who has followed me... kind of sucks... but I see his replacement next wednesday, so at least i'll know in theory who will be there when its time! Still waiting, hoping for things to get moving on their own. Danni, see you here next week! :)
HMS - 10 days ago
Hi ladies!! congrats 2 all who had de babies!!! my baby was born on monday 17 Feb to 1h in the morning! went in2 labour sunday morning 9h. wot a long painful labour! im jus soooooo very happy my son is here best fln ever!!! ul mus keep well n goodluck!! sending labour dust ur way! xxx
AussieDanni - 11 days ago
Mommyohmommy - wow! That sounds like an exciting arrival! Glad you have bubba safe in your arms x
lalapet - 11 days ago
hahah wow mommy that's awesome, I am waiting for the weekend to try castor oil since I will almost be 40 weeks there is a thread on baby center the march 2014 birth club and over 20 women have sped up labor and delivered bc of castor oil :) That's awesome enjoy your baby! so jelly.
mommyohmommy - 11 days ago
Just wanted to share my labor story!
On Monday night I broke down and took 2 tbsp of castor oil (it actually isn't that bad, just like drinking some tasteless tar, haha); please note I was already having contractions every now and again, nothing regular, and it was after 12am so technically it was also my due date. At 3am, I woke up to a real contraction, threw up (yuck, at least it was only once!) and cleared my bowels. I wasn't having much action so I went back to bed and woke up again at 5am to go to the bathroom one last time. Started having real contractions at 7am, noticed at 8 am that my water was slightly leaking so I started getting the kids ready and everything at the door. Then at about 9:30 the contractions started hitting full force, I got to the hospital at 10:30 where my water completely broke as soon as I sat down to pee in the cup for them (which I never got to do because of the constant contractions and pain, haha). I was still only dilated to a 4 and with my previous very long labors they didn't see much happening quickly. Boy were they wrong! I was being admitted and answering the fun questions whiling signing papers and just wanting something for the pain because it was absolutely unbearable, the doctor came in at 11:05 as they were drawing my blood and didn't even bother to check me (Uhm, WHAT?)and left 30 seconds later. In the middle of a contraction I told them I needed to push, the nurse said she'd check me and then said I was already at a 10 and to not push. I told her there was no way that was happening and she was coming, they started yelling for the doctor (who turns out wasn't even on that floor!), and with one push the two absolutely wonderful nurses delivered my 7 pound girl at 11:11am. I dilated from 4 to 10 in just about 35 minutes, which resulted in no pain meds, no stirrups and not even a doctor! I must admit though, I very much prefer having an epidural rather than not because I actually got to enjoy those labors, but I am glad I did experience one birth without it since this was my last baby!
AussieDanni - 11 days ago
Dasha- nice to know we are in the same boat! My csection is booked for the 4th. I really wanted to give her a chance to come out on her own, so i don't get to see dr again. Cause of my level of fluid she can easily turn, i have felt her head up in the mornings then head down in the arvo. When i think she is finally engaging, i get a whole lot of wiggling and her head is somewhere else! I think she is going to be a cheeky kid!
My daughter is such a good kid, but yeah, funny enough, i would say the last week especially of a night she has turned into little miss impossible. I try the calm approach, she tells and tells me what she isn't going to do. Then i try warning her she will lose things and even make her lose them and it just makes her worse. Last night i told her when she tells at me and doesn't do what we ask we are going to stop talking to her. It drove her nuts but she said sorry and hugged us. It is awful, it breaks my heart. But we think she is acting up cause she knows the baby is almost here. I'm lucky that my other half tends to just go with what i want and he is better at staying calm. I find my temper starting to rise when she is yelling and stomping her foot at me so i have to walk off cause i don't want to lose it! I have been trying to make a big deal of including her and praising her when she is good and explaining what we need to do and what is happening. Think this is just a tricky age too!! Your son is only a little older then her isn't he? She is 4 shortly, and very head strong!!
dasha - 11 days ago
Update: you know you're closed and not going anywhere when your OB pulls out his hand, gives you a rueful smile, and knocks on the wall saying: 'like this'. So it seems, Danni, I will be here with you for sure for a while. He says he hopes I don't go today because I'd be in for a ridiculously long labour, and that if I haven't gone by next week they'll order me a scan to check my fluids and schedule me a c-section. He doesn't want to induce me, because of the previous c-section he says can lead to a greater risk of rupture... so poop on that! Seems my body likes making babies, but doesn't want to let them out! BOOO!
dasha - 11 days ago
Ah Danni. That sucks. I'm sorry that you're going to have to hang on a while, but as you said, as long as she's safe, thats the most important thing.... I have a feeling I'll be right here with you until your c-section date (which is when exactly?) ... I get to see my doc this morning, so will know if anything has progressed since last week. Had some real contractions last weekend, but nothing since. Just lots of uncomfortable-ness... Do you think its alright if I ask my doc for an ultrasound to make sure my fluids are ok? They haven't done one on me since Hallowe'en.... my bestie had to be induced two weeks early due to low fluids, and my great-aunt lost an 8 pound boy at 41 weeks because of it too (tho i know that was back in the 70s, when they probably didn't test for such a thing, I can't help but be a little concerned). Can you try all those exercises and tricks to make your little one turn and prepare herself? Maybe that way they can do a sweep at your next appointment, and you won't have to wait as long? Mind you, by the time our NEXT appointments roll around, we'll be 40 weeks for real... and you'll be almost 41, won't you? You're a few days ahead of me on here... Yeesh. The wait is unpleasant to say the least. Am starting to understand why a friend of mine simply booked a c-section for her 40-week mark instead of waiting it out.... If my doctor said to me today 'hey, would you like to have your baby tomorrow, say, around one o'clock?' I'd be hard-pressed to resist... even tho I know what is best is to just leave him cook til he's ready... Is your daughter starting to behave oddly at all as the birth approaches? Our son has been an angel the whole nine months, but is now starting to just NOT listen to us, and now its causing arguments between my husband and I in regards to how to handle it. I spent about an hour this morning in tears because my hubs came down on me for not handling Noah's behaviour 'correctly'... I tried EVERYTHING before threatening consequences, I swear I did... Sigh. Ah well. I guess I'll go jump in the shower and get ready for my appointment. Have a wonderful day, and if you possibly have any advice for me, that would be great.... I need a second opinion that comes from a MOM. Thanks!
AussieDanni - 12 days ago
Congrats mommyohmommy! Love that name!! My Drs appointment wasn't very good. Couldn't do stretch and sweep as bub is in a dangerous position if my waters break, her head is above my hip so they are worried about cord prolapse. My cervix is thinning and in around 2cm but that's not very exciting! She measured 42 weeks on a scan they did, and ny fluid is at the top end of the safe scale so all these things together make it very unlikely ill get to go naturally. Even if i go into labour, because of the risks, they will probably take me to csection. I just want her here safe so end of day it is ok, but just frustrated that i will now probably have to wait for my csection date and not try and make labour happen. I don't want to put her at risk :( Never mind!! Just wish i hasn't of booked my csection after my due date now! If i had of taken the other date i was offered bub would be here!
dasha - 12 days ago
Congratulations mommyohmommy! Yippeee for you and your family! Paisley is a lovely name, and Grace was my grandmother's name! Great choices. Enjoy your sweet darlin'.
mommyohmommy - 12 days ago
Paisley Grace was born today at 11:11am on her due date! 7 pounds and 20 inches long!
dasha - 12 days ago
My goodness! So much news here in Week 39! Castor oil, eh? Eeeeeeew. Mind you, I did mutter to myself at three a.m. that I'm almost ready to let them induce me, I'm so over being pregnant.... but hey. Have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning, and we'll see what he has to say. Congratulations to you Beee. We're all jealous! :) Its odd, tho, and I'm wondering if others feel the same, that I feel really quite good during the day, just a little tired, and once six pm hits, I just want to sit down, I have tons of low pain and cramping, and when LO moves now, its like all my abdominals get taken along for the ride, and is soooo not cool. On the upside, being off work now allowed me to watch Harry Potter with my 5 yr old last night! He cheered anytime anyone got sorted into Gryffindor, and got so excited at EVERYTHING he was seeing, it was just amazing. Am loving spending some one-on-one time with him before LO gets here. Lets all have babies today, ok?
AussieDanni - 13 days ago
Congrats beee! I have my Dr appointment this afternoon, stretch and sweep has never triggered labour for me, but in willing to try!! Otherwise I guess I will wait for my csection. Bub is on track for 5kgs (around 11lbs I think) so I am a bit scared!!! But ive had no more niggles, and she even feels like she has gone breech again so i don't have much faith of going into labour this week!! My first was 9 days late!
lalapet - 13 days ago
congrats bee! People at work surprised I'm still pregnant haha. Just feel crampy and tired today, yes I'm tired of being pregnant, with my third I just shouldn't be anymore haaha. I have these fenugreek capsules I took before to increase breast milk supply, and they not recommended to use during pregnancy d/t possibly starting uterine contractions, well I took 3 capsules yesterday and 3 today, that's not enough, but maybe I could get head start on milk coming in, haha, will take 3 more this evening, im not ready to try castor oil
Beee - 13 days ago
Baby arrived on the 17th of feb. Really a wonderful experience being a mother. Baby dust to you all
mommyohmommy - 13 days ago
I've never liked the thought of it but since I'm due tomorrow and don't go back to the doctor until Wednesday I think I'll give it a shot today. Plus I see a group of doctors and although I love the one I'm seeing this week he won't do sweeps or inducing until you're at least a week overdue. I had a sweep with my second and although she was born in less than 24 hours afterwards it made my labor absolutely unbearable from the start, so I'm not sure if I'd even want another one done. One way or another though, I want a baby soon! Haha.
AussieDanni - 14 days ago
I cant bring myself to do castor oil, the thought makes me gag :p lol. I have a dr appointment tomorrow and they will do stretch and sweep, fingers crossed that makes this girl come!! I am over people asking if i am still pregnant!
mommyohmommy - 14 days ago
Due on Tuesday and still no baby! My other two came before their due dates so I'm hoping for something tomorrow! Just getting so impatient, I may even try the castor oil!
lalapet - 14 days ago
no, im really disappointed haha, I was reading a thread on baby center as part of the march 2014 birth club about a bunch of people trying 2 tlbs of castor oil, maybe 4-6 hours apart 2 doses, and like 13 ppl had some bm, cramps and actually went into labor within the 24 hours. I think i might try it if I'm 40+ weeks
AussieDanni - 14 days ago
No, sadly nothing happening for me! Did anyone get to meet bub on the weekend?!
lalapet - 14 days ago
aussi you in hospital? keep us posted :)
AussieDanni - 14 days ago
My mil is on the phone at the moment, her and i don't get along. First question she asked my partner, Has she had the baby...he goes yeah, i thought i told you, whoops....she is an idiot, as if he wouldn't of told them. She just wants to get her meddling hands in my business whilst i am in hospital.
mommyohmommy - 19 days ago
Ah! Glad to be in week 39! My other two came within days of their due dates so I hoping the same for this little one!
hopeful28 - 22 days ago
I had my baby on February the 11th at 12:55 p.m. we just made it back home yesterday at 11:00 pm congratulations everyone
2timemum - 24 days ago
Hi ladies, I have 2 more days to go and no signs of labour!
Beee - 25 days ago
39 weeks today and 3weeks after cerclage was removed by 36weeks. Realy expecting my baby this week what should I do ladies.
hopeful28 - 28 days ago
Debra, congratsulations on your new baby that's good to here you and baby is doing well and that is even greater about the potty training I had to train to at once and they still mistakes its been two months
Debra - 30 days ago
Hey Guys! I had our baby girl Anna Rose via c/s last week thursday Jan 30/14. I went into labour early once already at 34 weeks, so it wasn't a big surprise when I went into labour again at 37w6days. She has been breech since 34 weeks, so they just decided to take her out then and there. She was 7lbs 4oz. She's doing really well and breastfeeding is coming along great. Our other kids are also adjusting to the changes really well. My 3 year old decided to potty train completely (yay!) at the same time! So I have one in diapers (double yay!) instead of two. I know I wasn't on here too much over the months, but I'm glad everyone is doing well- So happy for you Kitty!!
hopeful28 - 31 days ago
Well looks like my back contractions was causing things to dilate and thin I just knew I was in labour 4am but I wasnt thank god because I was so tired from cleaning but I had my appointment this evening and I failed my nst test so we had to do an ultrasound and failed that because baby wasn't active enough and he wasn't doing good with breathing and we only have 5 ounces of fluid left and according to the doctor isn't good enough now we have to go to labour and delivery at 8 tonight for another nst test and if he still isn't good they are taking him out via csection If not I have him Tuesday at 9am
hopeful28 - 32 days ago
I Am so thankful to see week 39 I can't believe I made it this far and to think its going to be over Friday or Monday I almost don't want it to be for some odd reason I have been feeling pretty good usually I am going nuts by week 39
hopeful28 - 32 days ago
Kitty79 congratulations again but that sounds scary that's what I am worried about I hate csections but I Am glad you both are doing good and I know that have to be tough not to be Able to see UR other kid
kitty79 - 32 days ago
Sorry for wait but was kinda busy, lol!
Joseph Michael Manzella (Joey) was born Monday 2/3/14 at 4:12 pm via C-Section. All went well with him in delivery but I scared them a bit. The spinal made my Blood Pressure drop really low and I passed out. They gave me something that started a slow rise but they kept a close watch on me since it stayed low... My hubby was allowed in delivery room after I regained consciousness. He held my hand thru the surgery and just that contact brought my bp up, he's my rock my calm. Anyway... Joey was born perfect, lol. 8 lbs exactly and 19.5 inches, apgar score 9/9.
Same doc who did my first c-section did this one and apparantly I had such inimal scarring that she was able to use same incision sight and get rid of any scarring found without much issue... If I chose I may safely have another baby one day wich is good to hear, just in case.
Anyway- all is good. We had to raise Joeys blood sugar levels due to t gestation diabetes but within 36 hours we accomplished that. He feeds and sleeps well. I am absolutely in love.
Poor Nicky is not allowed to visit- no visitors under 18 right now no matter siblings or not due to a bad flu outbreak going on. So I miss him and he misses me... But we should be release tomorrow-Thursday so soon! Then the fun begins!!!
hopeful28 - 33 days ago
Hello baby2, I really hope things are moving along for you you have a lot of Patients because I would have got induced but most likely I want have my baby until Friday or even Monday because my doctor never called me witch is fine I been doing little last minute shoping like baby socks and blankets still need to get bottles lol and milk witch can wait since I am nursing the first few days and I also need to get my pain medicine filled I was suppose to do that so long ago but I knew he wouldn't come early but I have my doctor appointment on Thursday hopeful its the last one I can't believe they didnt Schedule my C-section yet
Baby2comin - 35 days ago
How are you ladies doing. Thoughts and prayers for you tomorrow Kitty. :) It'll be so nice to finally hold that sweet one in your arms. My little girl seems to be holding out for something. Today is my due date and nope, no baby yet. :/ Hmmm. I haven't been on in a bit. It feels a bit depressing seeing everyone give birth and be left behind. Who knew so many of us would deliver early. :) I'll join you all soon
hopeful28 - 36 days ago
How exciting baby2!!! I hope you had your bundle already and I hope your delivery goes smooth and painless : ) and kitty79 just stay relaxe and calm durning your csection I know it's this will be my fourth and I was nervous with all of them I wish I could have it vaginally : (
kitty79 - 36 days ago
Joey will be here in 2 more days!!! Scheduled c-section Monday at 3:30pm. Excited and nervous!
Baby2: come out baby come out!
The due date from members in week 39 is from Tuesday 17 December 2013 up to & including Monday 23 December 2013. See the full timeline here
Not on the list? This list is updated twice a day.
The list shows members who were online within the last 14 days at the time it was generated.
It may take up to 12 hours before you see your name after you've made changes to your due date or if you haven't been online for 14 days or more.