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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ElisiaDawn - 354 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 - 355 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 - 355 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 - 355 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 - 355 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 - 355 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 - 355 days ago
mummytoharrison-- yay engaged baby is great news! Common' baby :-)
leanne1985 - 355 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 - 355 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 - 356 days ago
The finishing line is just in sight but yet so far haha!!
leanne1985 - 356 days ago
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 - 356 days ago
9 more days for meeeee ! I will be 39 weeks on thursday !
ElisiaDawn - 356 days ago
39 weeks today :D 7 more days left! Come on baby!
sherell - 372 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 - 385 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 - 387 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 - 390 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 - 395 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 - 395 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 - 396 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 - 396 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 - 397 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 - 398 days ago
CONGRATS Caniac!! Welcome Chase Michael! Wow! What a story!! Countdown is on....40+1 today :)
kentsmommy - 398 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 - 398 days ago
congrats ladies on your babies! im 2 days overdue now with baby 3 arrgh hopefully getting a sweep today!
CaniacMom - 398 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 - 399 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 - 399 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 - 399 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 - 399 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 - 402 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 - 402 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 - 402 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 - 403 days ago
due in 2 and a bit days and keep having false labour :(
emily82 - 405 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 - 405 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 - 420 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 - 421 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 - 422 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 - 423 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 - 423 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 - 423 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 - 424 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 - 424 days ago
Mommyohmommy - wow! That sounds like an exciting arrival! Glad you have bubba safe in your arms x
lalapet - 424 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 - 424 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 - 424 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 - 425 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 - 425 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!
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