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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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bkle - 445 days ago
4girls ---that's so weird you went backwards in dialation. Maybe the baby knows you've got your hands full right now and is being a good girl and staying until things are just right :-)

4girls want a boy - 445 days ago
My Dr did say that yesterday she had a lady she checked in the morning dilated 1cm and by 10:00pm she got a call from the hospital that she was dilated to 10 cm ..WOW

4girls want a boy - 445 days ago
Just got home from my 39 weeks appointment. Well last week she said I was 1cm dilated, this week she says im a half cm So all these cramp s have gotten me no where.Oh well I have sick kids to take care of so im not in a hurry.I just will have her when she is ready to come out.I just can't beleive im only a half cm. This is my 5 th child and I was always way more at this point, but went all the way to my due date.

4girls want a boy - 446 days ago
39 weeks today !

ElisiaDawn - 446 days ago
Let us know how you got on with your sweep, my sweep is a week today and feeling pretty nervous for it, im hoping I've dilated a little :) im having pains again today but im just going to ignore them as I know I have a little teaser haha! Yeah let's hope he doesn't come sat other wise I will need to teach my 2 year old some midwifery skills ;) hehe

leanne1985 - 446 days ago
Elisia, mine was the same just turned into upset tummy, which I'm hoping is my body preparing for birth however all seems to have stopped now. Hoping the sweep today will do something but I'm not hopeful. Lol Elisia! fingers crossed he'll either come before or just after Saturday! Good luck ladies! hopefully they'll make an appearance soon!

ElisiaDawn - 446 days ago
4 girls, I know :( im so ready for him to be here now I just know he will be late now haha! Soooo my other half is out on a stag doo sat night and my mum is babysitting my niece and nephew and my mum and partner are obviously my birthing partners whats the chances I go in to labour sat night :/ uhhh oh lol

HootOwl - 446 days ago
I am kinda jealous of all of you who are camping and clearing out. Not had any of that. I am exhausted however, but still just did all the skirting boards in Kendal's room on my hand and knees with my 3yo 'helper'. Today I am 39+1 which is when DS arrived. In just 3 hours and 20 mins I will be the most pregnant that I have ever been!

4girls want a boy - 446 days ago
Elisia I was just thinking the same thing. I just cleared everything out once again. I hope thats not the only reason im having cramps.

ElisiaDawn - 446 days ago
Yep my cramps just lead into an upset tummy. ... 5 days in a row this has happened now, im hoping im clearing myself ready for baby's arrival :) sorry tmi ! If I get cramps from now up until due date I won't think anything of it as it hasn't lead into anything yet :( 6 days left to the big due date for me! I have a sweep in 8days if I haven't gone in to labour before hand! Anyone else feel like their bumps have dropped?

4girls want a boy - 446 days ago
Tomorrow is my 39 weeks OB visit . I was having some major period cramps for two days . Then they stopped. I will get checked tomorrow, im thinking there should be a lot of change in my cervix from last week. I would be shocked if there is not. I am so ready to get this girl out and hold her, just not raedy to say yes to be induced...

leanne1985 - 447 days ago
Thanks guys, seemed to have stopped again now but tummy tightens every now and again but no pain. Fingers crossed it'll be soon! Am due on friday how is everyone else feeling? Have a midwife appointment tomorrow for a sweep hopefully i won't need one....... Hope all goes well with everyone and we have our bundles soon! X

HootOwl - 447 days ago
Leanne - I had constant period like pain with my first and delivered the next day. Sounds to me like you may well be in early labour :) Good luck!

ElisiaDawn - 447 days ago
Leanne I have been like that for a few days today, and I feel like im having mild contractions every 3-4hours so nothing too regular at the moment, im not counting them leading into anything but I hope they will.... fingers crossed it's the start for you? How many days do you have left? I have 6 but I also went 6 days over due with my DD :(

bkle - 447 days ago
Leanne--cramping is a good sign your body is getting ready for labor and possibly is an early sign of baby on its way. I got constant period like cramps before going into active labor. Good luck :-)

bkle - 447 days ago
mummytoharrison-- yay engaged baby is great news! Common' baby :-)

leanne1985 - 447 days ago
Been having constant period like ache all morning, didn't have it with my LB just wondering if anyone else has experienced this with other pregnancies? I'm going mad thinking this is it and it not happening! X

HootOwl - 447 days ago
Hello week 39! Baby girl is halfway engaged and today I have been hitting the holistic stuff with a chiropractic session, an acupuncture session and raspberry leaf tea to drink. Cmon little girl. ....mumma is so ready to meet you!

ElisiaDawn - 448 days ago
The finishing line is just in sight but yet so far haha!!

leanne1985 - 448 days ago
Congrats sherell!! Really ready for this baby girl to come now, 2 days till due date but not feeling like she'll be here before. hope everyone is keeping well and hopefully we'll all have our bundles sooner rather than later lol

4girls want a boy - 448 days ago
9 more days for meeeee ! I will be 39 weeks on thursday !

ElisiaDawn - 448 days ago
39 weeks today :D 7 more days left! Come on baby!

sherell - 464 days ago
hi girls, so i jus got home frm da hospital today. baby gioni was born april 17th at 2;01 pm at 6 pounds, 13 oz. he is jus perfect.

kentsmommy - 477 days ago
Hi Emily. Congrats!!! I'm so happy for you and your family:) How exciting. As for me... still preggers! I have an appt on Wednesday where I'm guessing that they will schedule an induction. I'm so bummed about that. I really hope little man comes on his own. I had a prior induction with my first and it was so long and painful so I'm not ready to put myself through that again. But I'll do anything I have to for a healthy baby! I am on facebook:) I'll send you my info through the private messages.

emily82 - 479 days ago
Kentsmommy! Yes, sorry this week flew by! James Ivor Lucier Cameron arrived March 29 at 12:12am - waterbirth at my midwife's clinic. We are all very much in love! Wishing you all the best with your labour & delivery...won't be long now!! Love the name, Kai Landon is so cute! I think the boys are taking over...hehe. :D I'm not sure if they fixed the photo uploader on here, but I'll try and share some pics. Are you on facebook?

kentsmommy - 482 days ago
Emily - You must have delivered! Congrats! I'm still waiting. I had an appt today and she said that I'm high and closed tight. Guess my little guy is comfortable where he is. Oh well, it can't go on much longer:) I hope that you are enjoying your little one.

kentsmommy - 487 days ago
Hi Emily. Yes, we are going to name him Kai Landon. How about you? I'm feeling pretty good today so I think I have another few days at least. Although I think I said the same thing the day my daughter was born! Renovations are tough but you'll all be back home before you know it.

emily82 - 487 days ago
Kentsmommy, sounds like we're in the same boat..haha. I can wait too, our house reno's aren't done so it's not ideal - but we'll be bringing the baby home to my parents place where we are living until our house is ready. Do you have a name picked out? More summer sounds like a pretty good deal :)

kentsmommy - 488 days ago
Emily - I had a similar tease on Sunday night. Contractions were 10 min apart for 2 1/2 hours. I called the doc and she said to come on in so I showered and got ready. The contractions disappeared in the shower and didn't come back until late Monday. We really thought that was it. Ha! Oh well, I feel pretty good otherwise so I can wait. The longer he waits, the more 'summer' time I have off on maternity leave with the kiddos so I'm okay with it:)

emily82 - 488 days ago
Thanks Kentsmommy! I'm still here. Little guy is teasing us though, I had contractions last night from 7pm-midnight. I went to bed with them but they never got stronger, and were not there when I got up. figures. haha. Keep us posted on your little ones arrival!! good luck :)

kentsmommy - 489 days ago
Can't be long now Emily! I'm 38 wks today. I just got back from an appt; the baby dropped so I'm thinking it will be sometime this week if this little guy is anything like his big sister. Good luck!

emily82 - 490 days ago
CONGRATS Caniac!! Welcome Chase Michael! Wow! What a story!! Countdown is on....40+1 today :)

kentsmommy - 490 days ago
Caniac - I read your week 37 story - AMAZING!!! I can't even begin to imagine! Congrats:) As for me, I still have two more weeks although I think I'll go early. The BH have been unbearable the last few nights - surely they are doing something. Either way, I'm doing well. I'm content if the little man wants to stay put for a few weeks just as long as he doesn't come while I'm standing in the bathroom:) Amazing story- thanks for sharing!

tazzysmumma - 490 days ago
congrats ladies on your babies! im 2 days overdue now with baby 3 arrgh hopefully getting a sweep today!

CaniacMom - 490 days ago
Jasmine Rose is such a pretty name! How much did she weigh at birth? As for me, I gave birth to a healthy little boy, Chase Michael, on March 11th. I posted about it in week 37 at the time, but it probably got missed because everyone was moving up to week 38. I will have to get around to updating my profile soon.

emily82 - 491 days ago
Congrats Pinkpuff! Welcome Jasmine Rose, Beautiful name!! Right back at ya Caniac! Are you ready?! I hope we can share new born pics soon, are you guys on facebook? Wishing everyone a safe and swift labour & delivery! Bring it!! hehee :D

pinkpuff20 - 491 days ago
Thanks Caniac! Her name is Jasmine Rose and she's giving her big bro a run for his money in terms of who was the happier newborn. She's a peanut, but she's eating and sleeping great and doesn't cry much at all :)

CaniacMom - 491 days ago
Congrats Pinkpuff on your baby girl's safe arrival! What did you name her? Tazzy and Emily, sending truckloads of labour dust your way. I'm sure you are both getting anxious to meet your little ones.

pinkpuff20 - 491 days ago
any babies yet emily or tazzy? if not, i hope it's soon! my little lady made her arrival 9 days early in the wee hours of wednesday morning. 21 hour labor after I awoke to my water leaking at 6am tuesday.

emily82 - 494 days ago
Tazzy, #3 for both of us! Cool! keep us posted! (or me haha) Sending you peaceful, smooth positive labour vibes! Hoping these babies bring in SPRING!

tazzysmumma - 494 days ago
baby 3 for me too!! lol! i keep saying ooh i think hes on his way then everything stops! coming to terms with going overdue now. stubborn 3rd babies arrgh lol x

emily82 - 494 days ago
Tazzy I think I have too....since xmas I've had braxton, but this past week it's been painful, like the beginning of labour - then it just stops out of nowhere. I'm wondering if its because it's baby #3? I never had false labour before, even freaked my partner out because It felt like stuff was happening. oh well, won't be long now!!

tazzysmumma - 494 days ago
due in 2 and a bit days and keep having false labour :(

emily82 - 497 days ago
6 days to Due Date! I wouldn't mind him to be on time or even late, still completing our home reno's! Can't believe our babies are almost here!!! woohoo!!

tazzysmumma - 497 days ago
any ladies waiting around here with me for it all to start? 5 days to go and soo hoping it will be any day now. x

lalapet - 512 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 - 512 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 - 514 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 - 515 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 - 515 days ago
You will Dasha!! It is now my due date here....and bub is currently rolling 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!

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