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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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brookebaby3 - 199 days ago
Austin- yay!! So the rub did work lol keep us posted

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 199 days ago
Yay austin! Okay, I'm off to week 40...

austinjean*teamblue* - 200 days ago
Water broke. In hospital now

austinjean*teamblue* - 200 days ago
Water broke. In hospital now

pr406 - 200 days ago
Gosh I've been so busy with baby that I still haven't told my labor story yet!.. I will try to find time tomorrow though. I gotta get some sleep now. Lots of labor dust to all to you all that are still waiting!

austinjean*teamblue* - 200 days ago
The castor oil rub didn't work ={

3scompany - 200 days ago
OH! I ordered a pretty pushers labor/delivery gown on sale from zulilly and it came in I'm ready with that. I always wanted to use something more comfy with the others, but I never did. Since this will probably be my last and they were on super sale, I went for it. : ) It'll probably be another 2.5weeks for me, but at least it is in!

austinjean*teamblue* - 200 days ago
Brooke im gonna try that right now!!!!!

3scompany - 200 days ago
Wow! So many babies already! Congrats! I'll probably be one of the only ones in week 41. Both of my other kids came at 41weeks 3days.

brookebaby3 - 200 days ago
I have up on trying to promote labor. As low as Abby is, she is just comfy here. It will be a huge suprise and what ever.. I'm just going to enjoy these last weeks of her moving and being inside of me growing.

brookebaby3 - 200 days ago
Austin its a castor oil pack. You pour the oil onto a warm towel and set that on your belly. Not only can it start labor but it heals the skin and is really good for your liver.. I just found that out the other day :)

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 200 days ago
Maybe a foot rub and chocolate chip cookies will bring on labor? ;-)

austinjean*teamblue* - 200 days ago
I heard rubbing castor oil on your belly is supposed to cause contractions..... maybe ill try that

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 200 days ago
We got our daughter her flu shot today. We're all immunized and ready for baby...

austinjean*teamblue* - 200 days ago
Hahah my family is asking me if i am gonna need a wheel chair lol I'm gonna try to walk as much as i can! but i am happy because i get some family time nd my gma is out from ohio and this fair is the thing i look forward to every year! =)

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 200 days ago
Austin, no way could I handle a fair at this point. Kudos!

brookebaby3 - 200 days ago
Austin are the specks grainy feeling? After my check I had specks in my discharge and its super watery. I asked my doctor and she said its mucus and tissue breaking down, the specks are caused by lubricant. I was going to as if anyone has really watery discharge. I've been losing my show and plug the past few days and I'm sure its gone now but I still have a little mucus and lots of water. It doesn't leak but I'm wondering why its so wet!! With my son I was gushing water and they said my bag didnt break but they could not explain why I had so much leaking. I had him 2 days later..

austinjean*teamblue* - 200 days ago
No labor.... ugh but lots of walking to do today we have our state fair!

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 200 days ago
Tmi, but I am having a lot of cervical discharge. Yuck.

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 200 days ago
Austin, hope you called your doc to see what they thought. Maybe you're in labor by now, though!

austinjean*teamblue* - 201 days ago
i feel really off today... and im getting random contractions... gonna start timing them... and about 2 hours ago when i was driving i felt like i was kinda..... ripping from the inside a little bit?

baby.bray - 201 days ago
Congratulations dragon, butterfly and brittnay x x

kords mommy - 201 days ago
Austin- I don't know about your fluids getting lower but I have had the white discharge for a couple weeks now. It is normal. Could be the mucous plug also.

austinjean*teamblue* - 201 days ago
Okay so sorry for TMI but i have this white discharge that comes out and then my undies get really wet..... and when i pee i notice a lot of white specks in it. anyone else have this happen??? at my monitoring they told me my fluids are getting lower... they were at an 18 on monday and a 10 yesterday..... sooo idk

kords mommy - 201 days ago
Had a sweep this morning..fingers crossed!

sarennah - 201 days ago
Congrats butterfly, brittany and dragon!

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 201 days ago
Congrats Brittany!!

bentz5215 - 201 days ago
congrats butterfly snd brittany!!

brittanynoelle - 201 days ago
Hey everyone congrats to all the mommies who gave birth..we did it!!! Jax was born on 10/3 at 615pm weighing 7lb 11oz 21 3/4 long. I went in to the hospital at 5cm they broke my water and 1 hr later he was here. I did it all natural and surprisingly it wasn't as painful as it was with my daughter. I was able to breathe through my contractions. At the end his heart rate was decelerating and it was a big rush to push him p out. Since he was out so quickly he has some minor bruising on the right of his face but u can barley see it. I can't believe I have a son he's so prefect I love him soo much:) To all the mommies who are still waiting hang in there!!! Not much longer:)

dragonsoccermom*teamblue* - 201 days ago
Brooke- 7lbs 11oz, 19,25'

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 201 days ago
Congrats butterfly!

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 201 days ago
Still here. Had contractions for 5 hours, then they stopped. I guess the sweep released the right hormones, but not enough to convince baby to come...

butterfly4 - 202 days ago
Had my lil man on the 2ed weighed 9pounds even. 20 inches long. Labor lasted 5hrs did it all natural. His name is Ty'Lynn Leeum pic on my page.head full of jet black hair is so straight an pretty.

sweettart3 - 202 days ago
Dragon it's about time.yay for you. I'm so glad you're done.

brookebaby3 - 202 days ago
Congrats Dragon!!! How big was he!?

Bentz5215 - 202 days ago
Congrats dragon!!

threebagsfool - 202 days ago
Congratulations to everyone who has had their baby! Is anyone planning on going over to the babies side of the site?

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 202 days ago
Jewjew - no, it didn't hurt. It felt like an extended pap smear - maybe 30 seconds?

jewjew - 202 days ago
alex - did it hurt im due mine tomorrow and ppl have told me it hurts like hell but i do have a high pain threshold so hoping it wont be all that bad - just wondered how you found it

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 202 days ago
Ugh - sweep was this morning, and so far just cramps and diarrhea. I'm guessing this is what castor oil does as well. Should have seduced DH BEFORE appointment...

austinjean*teamblue* - 202 days ago

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 202 days ago
yay dragon!!! sounds like everyone has been having relatively good birthing experiences!

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 202 days ago
my midwife says that if I don't go into labor, they offer induction at 41 weeks 0 days. It's mandatory induction if I get to 42 weeks 0 days.

dragonsoccermom*teamblue* - 202 days ago
Kiernan Patrick was born @ 6:02pm. Right after i posted i was at 6, they checked me again & i was crowning. 2 pain free pushes & there he was. I'm not sore, barely bleeding. Perfect delivery.

austinjean*teamblue* - 202 days ago
I have monitoring today. Don't really wanna go because nothing changes. and they can't tell me anything any way. And i NEVER have contractions or anything... i wish something would happen where they just send me to hospital to have him. but iknow thats not gonna happen so i just need to wait it out. =[

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 202 days ago
Midwife also thought that because my daughter was sick last weekend, I might have subconsciously been shutting down my hormones because I was more worried about her/stressed...

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 202 days ago
Got back from doctor appointment. Still 3 cm dilated, so no change from last week. But I did get a sweep, and was ordered to take a long walk, then seduce DH tonight. Midwife then asked if DH was at work. I didn't think anything of it, but on the way home I thought - does she expect me to call him, and tell him to come home from work for seduction? :-) I wonder how he would explain to his boss? 'Doctor's orders'?

Alexianna1979*teamblue* - 202 days ago
Congrats pr!! I couldn't do it without meds, I don't think...

austinjean*teamblue* - 203 days ago
if anyone wants a good laugh here is my youtube vidoe of my labor dance!

pr406 - 203 days ago
Aww dragon :(.. have u had a bath yet?? I was 5cm then went into the bath and in 15 mins was 9cm!.. I hope u have him soon!!!!.. I gotta get some shut eye so labor story will have to wait till tomorrow :) thank you for all the congratulations :)

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