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This week your baby's crown-to-rump length is around 8.4 inches and your baby will weigh approximately 1.2 pounds. Although it weighs a little over a pound at this point, your growing baby is still tiny. Your uterus can easily be felt 1.5 to 2 inches above your bellybutton. The fetus does not appear to have much room in the uterus anymore, but as your pregnancy progresses, space gets much tighter!

Because your uterus is expanding and putting a great amount of pressure on your abdomen, you might get stretch marks. Your weight gain may also be taking a toll on your body at this point. Many pregnant women experience backaches, bladder problems, sore feet and fatigue that affect their daily routines. You might also have some nasal stuffiness or nosebleeds.

Your baby's face is basically complete now. The fetus's eyes are close together on the front of his face and they are still shut. Your baby's ears have moved into their final position on the sides of his head. Where they are now is where they will be when your baby is born! Hair will continue to grow on his scalp and his eyelashes are well developed. Most of your baby's features look the same as they will at birth. Because your growing baby is getting plumper, he no longer has room in your tummy to do cartwheels and somersaults.

Now is a good time to ask about prenatal classes being offered in your area. Many local hospitals offer classes for expectant women and their families. You should aim to complete the classes approximately one month before your due date.

You may sometimes get a stitch-like pain in your side from time to time. It's simply the muscles of the uterus stretching.
the unborn child is covered with a fine, downy hair called lanugo. Its tender skin is protected by a waxy substance called vernix. Some of this substance may still be on the child's skin at birth at which time it will be quickly absorbed.

The child practices breathing by inhaling (up to a liter/day) amniotic fluid into developing lungs.

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babylove5 - 2.6 hours ago
Wow supermom that's awful but I'm sure you weren't the first and you won't be the last. I hope you didnt drink castor oil to induce labor, thsts the worst at causing dirrhea. I considered it w my last but decided against it because of that. I know when I start having labor pains at home I always have to go at least twice before I go to the hospital.

supermom87 - 19 hours ago
Pooing is scaring for life I should know my 4th child I had him natural vbac delivery on operating table not only did I poo but it was a gassy diarrhea poo every time I pushed I passed gas and poo I literally cried because of it never cried because of pain I hope to never experience that again sorry if tmi I just been there and it so embarrassing its funny to me now but in the middle of delivery I just wished the operating table would swallow me whole and save me from embarrassment

sher-baby - 19.8 hours ago
Oh ya!!! I was Forsure double fisting it!!! I didn't have an epi and had my daughter out in about 3-4 who knows what the magic trick is..let's just hope everything goes smooth for all of us. I also fear poo'ing my self! Lol :-/ not that it hurts, it's just embarrassing!

floydianslip2 - 22.1 hours ago
Babylove, my oldest was stuck for about a half an hour, and I got very lucky with my youngest, he was born in 4 pushes. I had an epi with my youngest, but not with my oldest, so I always thought that the epi let me relax more and that’s why he was born so much faster. Lol, guess everyone has different results with that! Sher, that is hilarious, two bottles at once!

sher-baby - 22.3 hours ago
Feeling soooo tired today!!! But I promises my daughter we'd take her ice skating!!....wwwhhyyyyyyy!!! Ugh

sher-baby - 1 days ago
Ya I has 2 squeez bottles and was squeezing as hard as I could and was still burning like hell it's self!!!! I took the lid off one and just poured one was spraying and the other was pouring!!! Unreal! I has to freeze my pads too!! I'd wet them and make pad-sickles...not that was heaven!!!! Lmao!

babylove5 - 1 days ago
I am cleaning today and I Hv to make meatballs and veggie pizza for Xmas eve. Christmas morning we are doing a huge breakfast! Yum it's my favorite meal!

babylove5 - 1 days ago
Floy they give me a squirt bottle too and it helps some but with all that swelling and tear it hurts like crazy. I think if I can push him out sooner maybe the swelling won't be as bad. Are your babies stuck crowning for a while too? What's funny is the labor pain the mind seems to block some but after the birth I can remember the horrible pain well. When I see my doctor again next month I'm going to ask him if I don't get the epi what they can give me for pain to sew me back up. Maybe not having the epi will make it go faster. It wasn't as bad swelling and stiches with Luke when I didn't Hv a epidural but he was 35 weeks.

floydianslip2 - 1 days ago
Sher, I remember that burn too! You know what helped me out? The hospital gave me this squeezy bottle thing, so I’d fill it with warm water first, then squeeze it so that it sprayed me as I was peeing. It was heaven! Maybe try something like that? Babylove, YAY! So glad everything worked out and you’re good to go! Sharper, sorry about the failed glucose. I’ve never failed one either. 5 points doesn’t seem like much, fingers crossed for you to have good results on the next one! So last night DH got to see our little guy in full action. I was laying in bed and had my phone on my belly and DH was talking to me, the phone was bouncing and shaking all over. DH just laughed and said he doesn’t think that looks very comfortable.

sher-baby - 2 days ago
Sharper-lol@the dr pepper and biscuit!!! Hopefully u pass your next sugar test. I'll be going for mine some time in jan.

babylove5 - 2 days ago
Oh I forgot the baby was going wild the other day and I couldn't figure out what he was doing he has turned breech. His head is straight up with his feet above his head he looks very uncomfortable. He needs to get back to head down. The good news is I'm not in pain on my pelvic bone from the head but he has to get back down there.

sher-baby - 2 days ago
That's great news Babylove!!! Congrats. They say the average weight gain at this point is 15lbs, so 18 doesn't sound too bad to me, but I understand changing what you eat just so that your baby isn't too big so I get it!!! I feel like my baby will be a lil big too...his movements are very strong, sometimes it takes my breath away. Last night DH was talking to was really cute. He was kicking like crazy and DH was like 'do you think I'm scaring him??' Lol...I was like no...maybe he's just getting excited!

sharper53 - 2 days ago
Failed my 1 hour glucose test. :-o Now I have to take the 3 hour one next Tuesday. I never failed the 1st test with my first two babies. I am kinda nervous. I think it will be fine though. They want it at 140 or less and mine was 145...probably the dr pepper and the biscuit I had about 1 1/2 hours before my test. I couldn't help it, I was hungry! This next test is a fasting one, so hopefully I will pass! I think I would know if my sugar was up?!

babylove5 - 2 days ago
I went this morning for the ultra sound and the cervix has returned to the length it should be. My baby weighs 1 pound 13 ounces almost 2 pounds! He is so long and his stomach is quite plump. I am good to go. I quit picking up My toddler as much and it seems to have worked. I have gained 18 pounds and they said the baby is looking bigger than he should but as long as he's health that's what counts. I am going to stop eating chocolate and chips and I should be fine. I don't want him bigger than 8 pounds and I'm eating to much. I am hungry though.

sher-baby - 2 days ago
Soo I hate complaining while pregnant only because I know there are soooo many woman that would so anything humanly possible to be in my position. Having said that, I also know that growing a human is a lot of work mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. So can I just say, my back is completely busted today!!! I don't even have to move and it....just....kills!!!! Woow!!! Any whoo moving on! I don't remember swelling up that bad after my daughter. I DO however remember the BURNING when I did finally have my first felt like I was peeing out razor blades sideways!!!!! Omg!!! Excruciating....prob worse than the actual labour and pushing it's self!!! For me at least. That's why my sits bath is a must!!!!

floydianslip2 - 2 days ago
I’m so late to chime in here, but good luck babylove! I always have swelling after birth, but I’ve had episiotomies with both so I’m not sure if it’s from that or just a normal part of childbirth. I just used tucks pads, sitz baths, and ice packs for relief. As far as holidays go I’m almost ready! I just have to make one more run today for some more wrapping paper, finish my wrapping, and head to the store for all of the things we need for Xmas dinner. I imagine that this weekend I’ll be cleaning like a crazy woman!

sher-baby - 3 days ago
Yes good luck Babylove! My Xmas shopping is all done and wrapped, so I'm all set! My mom lives next door to me so we don't have to pack anything to go to her house for Christmas dinner....then we just walk back home! I would like to get DH some more for Christmas but I need a job first! until then, he'll need to wait a lil bit.

RJean - 3 days ago
Oh, and good luck tomorrow babylove. Heres hoping that everything looks well with your cervix!

RJean - 3 days ago
My MIL sent me some cute N and 0-3 mo clothes, so I will probably pick one N size and one 0-3 mo size to bring to the hospital. My oldest was 9lb and he didn't fit into any newborn clothes....than my second was 7 lb and didn't fit into any 0-3 mo clothes that I packed. I won't even try to guess how big this boy'll be and will just bring both. :) Anyone else gearing up for the holidays? I am cleaning my house like a mad woman so when I leave to visit family for Christmas, my house won't be a complete disaster. But packing clothes, plus incidentals (like medicines), plus presents is proving difficult. The past two days all I have wanted to do is sleeeeep.

babylove5 - 3 days ago
I know ill be needing the sitz bath too but my hospital always gives me one. Does anyone else have swelling and have a hard time peeing after giving birth? Tomorrow is my ultra sound to check if my cervix is still the same length. I am not able to be on bed rest so it better be! Ill get to see my fat baby!

sher-baby - 3 days ago
No take home outfits picked out yet..we're probably going to wait until after our shower to pick something. I've started my list tho of what to take to the hospital! Item #1 my sits bath!!! Incase I tear like I did last time!

sher-baby - 3 days ago
Ya I thought it was great too!! DH told me not to buy anything until after the shower!! Oops!!!

babylove5 - 3 days ago
Sher that's great! I have a hard time finding deals everything is picked over at the consignment shop. I have 2 take home outfits one is blue and one is yellow with ducks, they both have the hat and built in feet. Does anybody else have their take home outfit?

sher-baby - 3 days ago
Soooo...I got 5 outfits, 10 onesies, and 9 sleepers for $66.00!!! I'm sooo happy about that.

sher-baby - 3 days ago
I just went to a children's second hand store and they has 60% off!!!! Whooooo hoooooo!!!! So not only is it already really inexpensive as it's all second hand, now it's even better! Onesies were only $0.60....YAAY!!!

babylove5 - 3 days ago
I still haven't gotten my ready to grow stroller. I am not in love w it for almost 300.00. I am going to just have to get it though there are not any other strollers out there as small and versatile. I wish I liked it more. Ty seems to be doing better we are all stuck here sick except for me.

babylove5 - 3 days ago
I don't have either of my boys on medicine and probably won't put them on it unless I start getting complaints from the teachers and/ or they aren't learning.

sher-baby - 3 days ago
Hmm...I'm not sure if this assessment will include a neurological assessment as well. I'll prob have to just ask! All this stuff is sooo confusing and I'm sure it's even more confusing for our kids. Hopefully in the end, they are all happy and healthy. On another note, I've been up is 3am! The on/off insomnia during this pregnancy is going to kill me!! I guess it's a good thing I haven't been working full time or else I'd be a zombie!

babylove5 - 4 days ago
My boys and daughter met all their milestones as far as I can remember. They may hv been behinf on a few. To diagnose my children the neurologist did a test on a computer with monitors on their arms and legs. I also had to complete a survey about their actions and behavior along with their teacher and turn them in separately. This is to make sure that the parent and teachers evaluation match and the mother is not pushing for medicine. It was scary because out evaluations were identical.

sher-baby - 4 days ago
Rjean-ur son is still really young, have I heard of PDD?? pervasive developmental disorder. Our pediatrician looked into this with my daughter but ruled it out. Ur some seems very young to have a ADHD or ADD diagnosis; whether it's formal or informal. He's a boy (generally very active) and he's 5 (also, generally very active)! I also really fear getting wrong diagnosis's resulting in incorrect treatments and etc!

sher-baby - 4 days ago
Did all your babies with low blood sugar reach their normal milestones on time?? (Ie. cooing, recognizing faces, smiling, laughing, rolling over, finding their hands and feet, baby babble, eating solid foods, crawling, walking, etc.)?? My daughter was right on time for everything...developing 100% on point. As soon as we noticed a delay in her speech at her 24 month check up (she was suppose to know 25 words and she knew only maybe 10..) it was like BOOM!!!! Everything started going to shit!

RJean - 4 days ago
What a conversation to jump into! My oldest son has an informal diagnosis of ADHD Inattentiveness (or ADD). He is so super smart, but he struggles with eye contact, and has some other social and anxiety issues which are compounded by his inattentiveness. His therapist and I totally agree on the issue of medication-same as sherbaby. I am not going to medicate a 5 yo moderate ADD child. Maybe when he's older and needs it more. As a side note, my ds was also born with really low blood sugar and really high jaundice levels. It took a couple of days to regulate his blood sugar and over a week to get rid of his jaundice.

sher-baby - 4 days ago
My daughter is on an IEP too. Right now it's an informal IEP and after her assessment it will prob be a formal, forcing the school to create an educational plan specifically for her, sound almost like ur daughters IEP. I meet with her pediatrician on friday so I'm going to ask about the blood sugar thing. Ya, kids naturally have a lot of energy so it's hard to determine if a child is 'hyper' or 'just being a kid'. That's why for me, I don't plan on using any meds, even if they say she is ADD. If she's older, maybe 10-12ish and she gets another assessment and they say she's ADD, then maybe I'll consider it then, but at 6yrs it will be really really hard for me to actually believe she has ADD and is not just being a child!...who knows tho, I'll cross that bridge when we get there. Like all good parents, I just want her to be happy and healthy!!! I think she is super special and amazing in sooooo many ways, but she has some serious and scary struggles and I worry her self esteem will take the biggest hit!! :-( it scares me. I suffer from low self esteem; and I have for as long as I can remember! Same with major depression and severe anxiety...I have for years. I would hate for her to suffer like I do/have because of her struggles!!! Ugh! Being a parent is sooo hard some times...and here I go at it again!! Lol....

babylove5 - 4 days ago
It is very hard to link the low blood sugar to memory loss but when the sugar gets low the blood flow to the brain is greatly reduced. I have had times where it stops completely in order to keep me alive and I pass out. I am sure hers is not like mine. If she has low blood sugar it is minor but it does reduce blood flow to the brain in order to keep the other organs working. You should take her to a pediatric neurologist for ADD testing it is much harder to determine if a child has it without the hyperactivity. The assessment may or may not. My daughter is on a IEP at school and it requires the school to meet her needs for education because she has a learning disability. She has a higher than normal iq but she has a severe attention problem.

sher-baby - 4 days ago
That's interesting because my daughter was born with low blood sugar and we had to stay at the hospital for a few days until it was higher. I just thought that was normal for preterm babies. She was on point with developing and meeting all her milestones until she hit 24months...then it went down hill from here!!! Her long term memory is amazing...she remembers details from her 2nd birthday party and she's 6 now, but show her the letter 'K', tell her it's the letter 'K' then ask her what letter it is, she might get it. Wait 2 mins and ask her again....she won't get it!! She's like that with her letters, numbers,'s sooo bad! Scary to. Now that she practicing writing her numbers and letters, she can trace them perfect but on her own, there all backwards except number 4, 50% of the time!!! She's not hyper at all, she's energetic forsure but not hyper and does seem to struggle with paying attention. I don't think she has ADHD, maybe ADD but it's not all the time and doesn't seem like a compulsive thing...she just needs to be reminded. *sigh* who knows...she's on a waiting list for a developmental assessment, hopefully that can give us some answers. I haven't been diagnosed with anything as far as behavior or learning disabilities and her dad is just stupid. My brother has ADHD and I think possibly bipolar (seriously...but has to much pride to see a dr about it), possibly bipolar depression!

babylove5 - 4 days ago
Lol at her dad! I'm glad she had a good mom to make up for dad. My short term memory is not good from low blood sugar but I didn't get it until I was 10. I Hv forgotten important details and get them sorted. I can sometimes not remember my children's bday and where I park but I manage to do well. Two of my children have ADHD and one has ADD but my hubby and I both have it. Only one is on medication for it now. I don't like medicine but my daughter needs it. I don't take anything for it.

sher-baby - 4 days ago
I'm not sure how long she had her rash...she may not even know, but the whole this deff almost killed her for sure!!! But ya she lives a perfectly normal life...she's 60yrs old now and she's a perfectly normal, healthy, (miserable and 60yr old!

sher-baby - 4 days ago
Ha!! @ just redneck! My daughter is a splitting image of me..she's like my twin!!! but has her dads 'dumb' gene. Don't get me wrong, I'm not by any means call her dumb, cuz she's not...she prob a hell of a lot smarter than her dad!!! She does unfortunately seem to struggle with learning, it's really sad actually. She has an issue with shot term memory learning the simplest of things is very tough for her. Plus she has severe articulation disorder and is quite possibly dyslexic!! Poor munchkin! But what she lacks in a lot of things, booooooyyyy does she make it up in personality!!! She blows me away sometimes! Her dad is the dumbest thing on 2 legs!

babylove5 - 4 days ago
I have Italian and German along with just redneck genes. Lol All my babies have lots of black hair. My daughter was born with hair so thick all the nurses on the floor came to look at it. Only one of my children has the dark hair and eyebrows now. All the rest are blonde w blue eyes. My hubby and I both Hv dark hair and eyes. We must Hv alot of blondes in the family line.

babylove5 - 4 days ago
What's weird is Ty only had been sick for 2 days and it automatically turned into scarlet fever. The other two don't have it. They all Hv the same father I don't know why only one of them has the gene that causes it to turn into s fever. I'm glad your mom will be ok. How long did it take for her rash to go away?

floydianslip2 - 4 days ago
I think that mine will have a full head too, I’ve been getting worse heartburn than I had with the other two pregnancies. My youngest was born with a full head of dark brown hair, we could put it in a little Mohawk and it was so cute! Then when he was 4 months old it all fell out! He was bald for months, then it grew in really blonde. DH and I both have dark brown hair, but DH was a blonde when he was little, so I guess it’s his genes shining through. I wonder if this one will do the same…

sher-baby - 4 days ago
Yup...I saw on dr. Oz that heart burn during pregnancy can mean a full head of hair! Plus...I'm black!! (Incase you couldn't tell LOL)so very rarely are black babies bald..ha!!! I'm mixed with 4 different nationalities so my hair was very fine when I was born but my DH is 100% I'm sure baby nameless will have lots of hair!

sher-baby - 4 days ago
Oh ya's just put her heart in a vulnerable position so she has to be carefully if she ever needs surgery Stuff that like that. I'm fully know why she has to take medication before going to the dentists but I know it was because it the fever when she was younger!! I'm sure your boys will be ok! And back when my mom was sick...they waited until you were almost dead before they went to a dr. So that too may have been why she was sooo sick! She missed almost all of grade 9 and had to redo that grade!

floydianslip2 - 4 days ago
Yeah, I’m probably being a little overly cautious with the birth plan, but it makes me nervous that I have no idea who my doctor will be and can’t discuss all of this with one in advance. I have some pretty specific things that I want I guess. Wow, I’d always heard that strep could be really serious if you don’t treat it, but I had no idea it could turn into all of that! Sher, I actually just read an article yesterday about heartburn in pregnancy. I always thought it was an old wives tale, but it’s not, it’s been proven! I’m not sure why, but that was so interesting for me to read.

babylove5 - 4 days ago
Floy I hope you get a doctor you trust. I'm afraid ill end up w a sleep deprived scatterbrained doctor. It could be one of 3 that are at the practice.

babylove5 - 4 days ago
His is a mild case and as long as the antibiotics work it won't affect his heart. If this rash isn't gone by Monday I will start to freak out! My other two boys must have better genetics because they don't have the scarlet fever just the sore throat and fever. I'm treating them all w antibiotics. Will your mom still be able to live a normal life?

sher-baby - 4 days ago
Oh yes...DH is coming too!!! He can be very squeamish so he prob won't look when the video starts!!! Lil a little kid! lol. I've been getting indigestion for the past 3 days!!! Ugh...I've never had it before and it sucks!!! I can tell the second trimester is coming to an end!!! My body is starting to hate me!

sher-baby - 4 days ago
So scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that's is caused my the streptococcal virus (pretty much it can start off as just the virus; strept throat but then the virus can produce this toxin causing scarlet fever.) some people will get strept throat but not scarlet fever, and some will develop scarlet fever. My mom was very sick with it and was hospitalized for months. Mind you, this was prob about 20yrs ago so things have changed a lot since then BUT what scares me is that it can cause rheumatic heart disease (that what my mom had/has) so you really really needs to make sure he's on an antibiotic to get rid of it complete. I'm soo sorry if I'm scaring you, but it's really serious. I'm glad it doesn't seem like he has a serious case of it, but please..make sure you keep an eye on it!!! Your other kids may get sick with strept throat and fevers but MAY NOT get scarlet fever...just watch for the rash...I'm sorry girl!!!

babylove5 - 4 days ago
The birth plan for me is to not have swelling so bad I can't use the restroom after I deliver. I want to push the baby out in at least 30 min. I am tired of it taking a hour. I made my hubby take prenatal classes and it was hilarious watching the video of the woman in labor she just spread her legs and here comes the baby. The men's faces in there were white.That was w my first. u should make your hubby do it.

babylove5 - 4 days ago
I am a little freaked out by the name scarlet fever. His case is very mild. He has red dots on his tongue, and the dots on his face look like red freckles you wouldn't notice them if you were standing next to him. The one on his back are about the size of a bean and not very red. He has a weak immune system from a sinus infection. The younger boys don't Hv any red spots so they just have some bacteria from what Ty has. They gave him a antibiotic shot. The other two boys are on antibiotics too because they Hv a fever but no spots. How did they treat your mom sher?

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