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You are definitely considered full-term now and you are probably anticipating the arrival of your newborn. The crown-to-rump length of your baby is around 15 inches and your baby is now about 21.5 inches long total. Your baby weighs about 7.5 pounds and your uterus is about 8 inches above the top of your bellybutton.

Your official due date will be sometime this week and you probably have a prenatal check up this week to check for labor progress. Try to stay calm while you are waiting for labor to begin. You should have all of your bags packed and ready to go and your birth plan should be in place. Your labor coach should know what your wishes are and you should be able to get in touch with your labor coach at all times. Use false labor contractions to practice breathing and relaxation techniques that you will use during the actual labor itself.

Your baby continues to move further down the birth canal and this is measured in stations. Station describes the degree to which the presenting part of the baby has descended into the birth canal. The 0 point is a bone landmark in the pelvis, the starting point of the birth canal. If your baby's head is at a -2 station, it means the head is higher inside of you than if your baby were at a +2 station.

After your baby is born, she will be weighed and measured. Your baby may cry loudly or she may be dazed from medications. The doctor will suction your baby's mouth and throat with an aspirator. The nurses will dry her off and place a hat on her head to help keep her warm. Security tags will be placed around her arms and ankles and your baby will be swaddled in a blanket. You will be given the chance to hold your baby right after you have delivered. Shortly after, the nurses generally take the baby to the nursery for a bath and other routine procedures. Your baby will be given Apgar scores according to her condition at 1 and 5 minutes of birth. A total of 10 points can be scored. A score of 10 is unusual and most babies receive scores of 7, 8 or 9. A baby with a low 1-minute score might need to be resuscitated and usually the 5 minute score is much higher after he has time to adjust to life outside of the uterus. APGAR SCORE:
*Heart rate of baby-If your baby does not have a heart rate a score of 0 is given. If the baby's heart rate is less than 100 bpm, a score of 1 is given. If the heart rate is over 100 bpm, a score of 2 is given.
*Respiratory effort of the baby- If your baby is not breathing, a score of 0 is given. If breathing is slow and irregular, a score of 1 is recorded. If your baby is crying and breathing well, a score of 2 is recorded.
*Baby's muscle tone-If your baby's arms and legs are limp and flabby, the score is 0. If some movement is observed and the arms and legs bend a little, a score of 1 is recorded. A score of 2 is given to babies that are active and moving.
*Reflex irritability of the baby-If your baby does not respond to stimulus, a score of 0 is given. If there is a small reflex when the baby is stimulated, a score of 1 is recorded. If your baby responds vigorously when stimulated, 2 points are given.
*Baby's color- If your baby is blue or pale, a score of 0 is given. A score of 1 is given if your baby's body is pink and the arms and legs are blue. If your baby's entire body is pink, a score of 2 is recorded.

At the time of birth, the baby has a total of 300 bones. Some bones will fuse together later, which is why an adult has only 206 bones.

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babylove5 - 2.5 hours ago
I hope everyone is enjoying their precious babies! It's such a precious time and it goes so quick! I will just sit and look at Jacob and all his little movements. He is so sweet and I'm so thrilled to have him!

preciousgift2 - 4 days ago
Im so jealous of you ladies already having your babies, my EDD was yesterday and it passed without any activity. Just hoping something happens in the next few days because I so want to meet my baby. Went to the dr yesterday and she reckons she will have to induce me next Wednesday if baby will not be here by then, I will be 41 weeks then. I just hope it won't have to come to that...praying for a natural delivery.

babylove5 - 5 days ago
I still check in and I must say I am exhausted most of the time. Jacob wakes up every 3 hours at night and breast feeds every 2 hours during the day. He is a wonderful baby but if he gets hungry you better give him the boob... Lol My hubby will be holding him and he will open his mouth and start looking for his boob. My hubby finds it hilarious. It is wearing me out. I have had to start giving him 2 bottles a day because I'm getting so thin. My butt is almost gone my legs are turning into sticks and all I have are boobs. I am eating more but I am having a hard time keeping up with his demand for food. I'm glad to have lost the weight but I don't even know how much I weigh at this point. I don't want to be to thin my hubby hates it and has already said he misses my big pregnant butt... Lol. Hopefully it will all even out. My abs still have that gap but it's getting smaller with my ab clincher that I wear. I can see why it's so tight you can't eat much. I just want a 26 inch waist and I'll be happy. I don't want to say I'm done having children but right now my family feels complete. If I do Hv another it would be 2 years from now. I hv really enjoyed going on this pregnancy journey with all of you and sharing our issues. it's been great having other ladies that are going through similar things, and from different places in their life!

Dec Baby - 6 days ago
Sher...I wish that the breast feeding was easier for you, it totally sucks when things don't go as planned...hugs to you

Dec Baby - 6 days ago
Hi girls, I still check in, it's just soooo busy with a family of 9. Sometimes it feels a bit like Groundhog Day! You all know that movie, right?! My little man is 4 weeks old and just started giving the most adorable smiles that make you melt!!! As far as my post body...lets just say I'm embracing my bigness...hehe! Even if I lost all my post belly, bum and thighs, I'll still have giant melon milkers, so I figure that I'm keeping everything in proportion haha @machalaB...I would love to have another baby so we won't be avoiding, however given my advanced maternal age it may take a while and possibly not happen at all, so I'm enjoying my treasure like he's my last:)

machalaB - 6 days ago
I feel u on the good baby thing, Sylas is such a cool kid, much easier than when Zyan was a baby. They both are joys tho. N yea my belly will be the first thing I work on after the incision is fully healed.

Sher-baby - 6 days ago
If dallas was my first, I would of had 3 by now!! Lol he such a good baby, and I kinda want more but I gotta make sure finances are in order a bit! My next thing to tackle is gettin a bigger car..boy oh boy, is it a tight squeez right now! I ordered my waist trainer yesterday...I'm hoping to go down to a 23' waist or smaller! I too still have a jelly belly and I don't know what weight I've lost yet because I don't have a scale. Pre preg. I was 139lbs and the day my water broke I was we'll see!! My daughter had asked me a few times if I'm sure there's not another baby coming yup, my jelly belly is DEFF there. I can squeez into some of my jeans but it's a fight! And my tops Dont look to nice with my belly so I still wear my maternaty tops. Oh and I HATE BF' really hasn't gotten any easier Ive just decided to do what I can do! He's still getting half and half so I can pump about 10oz in 24hrs and he's drinking about 20oz! It pisses me off because I didn't want to buy formula but I'm not gonna beat myself up about it!!! I'm doing my best..

machalaB - 7 days ago
O thats great to hear babylump, im all for moms who cN juggle school,swear ima nerd n want at least 2 more degrees. ive only lost 7lbs which is crazy because my son was 7.9 so I figured it would be more with the fluid n etc, but I blame the csection cuz im in bed alot n eating lol..but my maternity clothes are very tight still n prepregnancy clothes are in a jumbo tub packed I said I wasn't having anymore but I dont believe in tubals n bc is the worst(my opinion). But if its Gods will, there will be more.. n ive also enjoyed talking with u ladies shAring the good, bad, n uncomfortables lol.

babylumpp2015 - 7 days ago
Glad you're doing well! We're doing pretty good over here too. It's getting exhausting with 3 & I decided to go back to school so let's hope I can survive! It's going to be weird! And i def want more I need to try to for that boy, but I have a few things to figure out before that ever happens, hopefully everything falls into place soon, I have hope! & I've never heard of those belly corsets until this time around. Never used one but I must say for some reason this time around, maybe it's because I'm always on the go but in down 20 lbs, weighing in at 117 & fit into most of my old clothes! My first one took almost a year to be near normal & then we decided on number 2 so this is crazy to me not even 3 weeks post partum! Still have a little jelly belly though! Hope everyone is doing well, it's been nice getting to know all you ladies & share all our complaints!

machalaB - 7 days ago
Dont know if any of my week ladies are still checking in on here, but I hope you are all doi g very well and enjoying those babies. Sylas and I are doing great, Thank God. I got some type of belly clincher I haven't even tried to use, I swear im scAred everything is gonna hurt my incision. Someone asked me today when my baby was due, I laughed n said I had him the 6th. is everyone done with babies after these bundles or are u plannig on more..

babylove5 - 11 days ago
What does corcett training do? I have something I ordered online to cinch the abs close together. It really helps push the uterus down, the darn thing is big. 😣 One of my babies had cradle cap. I never could get rid of it but it went away on its own. Jacob has a few baby zits from breastfeeding.. Lol When I took him to the dr he was talking about tummy time and thought yeah right! He won't stay awake!

Sher-baby - 11 days ago
Congrats lexy !!

Sher-baby - 11 days ago
Thanks Babylove! I'm still bleeding and sometimes it's still bright red! I've never had heavy bleeding this pregnanacy but it hasn't slowed down much since giving birth. Ha! I wish I was loosing lots of weight!!! I'm going to start corcett training in a few weeks! I gotta get rid of this gutt!! Dallas has cradle cap!!!....uuugghhhh!!!! Yuck! It's all on his eyebrows and ears! He just had some baby acne first, but now it's cradle cap!! Ugh!!

babylove5 - 11 days ago
Congrats Lexy on baby Benjamin!!! Sher I love the pics!!!! Your children are so cute!!!! They look a lot alike! I'm losing to much weight breastfeeding! I started eating chocolate for breakfast!!! Lol Is anyone else already done bleeding? My baby is 12 days and I just hv fluid coming out now.

lexy-b - 12 days ago
Benjamin is here!!! I delivered him oh natural on monday at 5:21, he was 7lbs 11 oz and 20.5 inches long. I am feeling awesome but like most of your babies he has things a little backwards and wants to sleep all day and cluster feed at night. I am in love!

Sher-baby - 12 days ago
By the way...I posed new pics of my babies!!! Ooh I just love them!

Sher-baby - 12 days ago
It's funny u ask about babies sleeping at night!!! I nearly ripped DH's face off last night!!! DH doesn't wake up at night, which I don't mind BUT I ask that he works with me in trying to keep Dallas awake as much as possible during the days and evenings; in the hopes of him sleeping longer at night!! Dallas loooves to sleep. Yesterday he slept from 2-7pm straight! I had to wake him up to eat. If I could get that stretch of sleep from even 10-11pm to 5am, I'd be happy...but noooooo!!! I leave the house for 30mins after waking dallas up at about 7:45pm only to come home to him sleeping on DH's chest while he has his feet up on the couch! I said 'eff it!!!! I'm sleeping downstairs tonight and every night until you realize how hard it is waking up 3-4 times at night!' And that's what I did! I slept great! Lol...I woke up once to pump, made sure there was enough bottles in the fridge, and DH woke up to deal with him ON TOP of getting up at 5am for work!!!! :-) oh well!!! Maybe he'll understand how important it is to try and get their sleep schedule under control. I missed my lil baby tho! But DH needs to feel it I guess to understand!

babylove5 - 12 days ago
Jacob was 7 15 at birth. He lost and got down to 7 3, he is now at 7 10. He's almost back to his birth weight. I breast feed him 8 times a day and he poops every time he eats. I never hv seen a baby poop this much! I hope your babies aren't pooping every time they eat. It's odd how all women gain and lose their baby weight differently. I guess whatever works for you is the best way to go. I wish o knew a quick remedy to get the abs to close and go back together. All I ever do are minor ab crunches and that works after some time. How long do your babies sleep at night? Mine sleeps about 3 hours.

Sher-baby - 13 days ago
Dec baby- my boobs are huge too...and I had a reduction 4.5yrs ago! it looks like I'll be going back under the knife! I wish I had the money to do some other stuff while I was

Dec Baby - 13 days ago
Hi alanaw! Congratulations on the birth of your little boy! Enjoy him :)) My little man is 3 weeks old and I'm pretty much done with the post bleeding! I've been caught off guard a few times thinking I was all done and after a few days it reappears...but it's very light! Babylove...I have a huge separation in my rectus muscle, mine is a good hand space wide:( it usually takes me a good 12 months to get my body back! At the moment, I feel way out of proportion! My boobs are the size of melons and still have quite a huge jelly belly! I hate that it is actually hard to find comfy clothing that fits my new shape! I'm just going to keep mixing it up using my most flattering maternity tops...which is few and far between...hehe

babylove5 - 13 days ago
Congrats Alana! I hope you post your birth story! Babylump you are lucky she sounds like a excellent baby! Sher, Luke has done the same thing. He loves being a big brother and loves Jacob but he's not following the rules and having tantrums. He's only in kindergarten but it's exhausting. He acts up when he's jealous. Evan has been more needy. I just started doing abs, my organs are still up high and I still have water in my stomach. I can feel my abs but there is a gap right down the middle about 3 inches from where they were split during pregnancy. Once I get that gap to close up everything will go back in place but it's annoying until it does.

Sher-baby - 13 days ago
Congrats Alana!! I hope u and baby Aubrey are doing well!

alanaw - 14 days ago
Well, I made it to week 40 and two days past my due date, I had my baby boy Aubrey, on the 11th! Wish you ladies luck, I read your comments each week, :).

Sher-baby - 14 days ago
My daughter had an off couple of days..loves Dallas, loves being a big sister but for a lil while she was just not listening or behaving! I'm hoping that's all done and over with now! I'm recovering ok I think. I'm still bleeding and my cramping has stopped BUT I still have a belly!!!! I hate looks soooo gross! I know it hasn't even been a month yet BUT eew!!! I'm starting yoga tomorrow and hopefully i can slowly build back up my core strength. But I hate hate hate my stomach right now! Anyone else dealing with this??

babylumpp2015 - 14 days ago
I really am so thankful and truly blessed with this little girl she is making this too easy. I have to wake her to eat or she sleeps all night, one night I was so tired we fell asleep at 10 and didn't wake until 6 am & I had to nudge her to eat. She's usually awake from 730-10 in the morning then about 1-2 in the afternoon and around 630/7 til 9 at night. Only cries if I'm changing her. My oldest two are doing great loving on her and especially my 5 yr old is a big help. My 3 ye old seems to be extra Whiney and she's the one who makes sleep difficult she loves being a big sis but she is having a tough time with when I feed the baby she needs to wait for her snack or whatever she is wanting at the moment. Sher I really feel for you & hope u can stick it out & hope he gets better. & baby love I hope Jacobs jaundice is almost gone! How's everyone recovering? I still get intense stomach pains every day every few hours.

babylove5 - 14 days ago
Jacob sucks real good for about 6 min then he gets slower, until he falls asleep and uses my breast as a paci. He always poops while eating too! 😖 I get frustrated trying to get him to wake up. He sleeps about 90 percent of the time. I take him wed to see if his jaundice is better. How are your other kids doing? Mine are having tantrums and being a bit rowdy because they are jealous.

Sher-baby - 14 days ago
My lil guy looooves to sleep!!! I've noticed that he like to be awake usually from 1-3am, which isn't too bad but during the day, he still sleeps 90%of the time

babylumpp2015 - 14 days ago
Baby love- she will always finish her round of eating but she will fall asleep probably 75% of the time. I'll burp her when she's done and see if she wants anymore or its just time for a nap. She's been having longer stretches of awake time the past few days & it is so crazy but this little babe is ALWAYS smiling. I'll have to post some pics on my profile it is so funny how much she smiles.

Sher-baby - 15 days ago
Thanks ladies, I'm really trying to pump and bf as long as possible. At the moment I'm able to give him about 1.5-2oz in each of his 3oz bottles...but that is a struggle!! I hope all you guys have it easier than me with BF'ing.

babylove5 - 15 days ago
Sher it's good you are still pumping. The breast milk is so good for your baby and it helps you recover your body. With Tyler I had to pump since he did not like breastfeeding. I did it for 6 months. I would pump every 3 hours during the day. Babylump does your little girl fall asleep a lot on the breast?

babylumpp2015 - 15 days ago
Congrats machala!!! Sher so sorry you're having such a rough time. This one has been my easiest to breast feed which I'm so thankful for because I couldn't afford to supplement for the life of me! But my boobs are starting to pay she's never had a bottle or anything but the boob but ouch they are getting sore! I remember my first was so frustrating to breastfeed I tried it all and after about 10 weeks even with pumping my supply ran out and she was on formula. I hope this little one keeps it up the good work and hope it gets easier on you soon!

Sher-baby - 15 days ago
I'm taking Domperidone and fenugreek to try and increase my supply as well as pumping and nursing frequently...I think that's really the only reason Im able to produce what I'm producing!! It sucks!

babylove5 - 15 days ago
Sher I agree breastfeeding is a lot of work. I breastfeed Jacob every 2 hours for 20 min. He gets 2 ounces each feeding. I got lucky this time because Jacob is a excellent at nursing. I Hv only had 2 that were great at breastfeeding, I feel like all I do is breastfeed. I'm back to eating more food and that helps my supply. At night he goes 4 hours in between feelings and I give him 2 ounces of enfamil newborn at night. The already made formula has trans fat!!! Wth...I use the powder no trans fat.

machalaB - 15 days ago
Thanx Sherbaby. Are there any remedies you can try for increasing your milk supply??

Sher-baby - 16 days ago
OMG! Breast feeding/pumping is sucking!!!!! Uugghh....NOT how I had planned!!! I can only pump about 8-10oz per day and dallas is drinking 3oz every 2-3hrs!! When I nurse him, he's never satisfied and the pump has my poor nipples RAW!!! I'm pumping right now as I type! Ouch!!! I'm Sooo jealous of u ladies that can BF no problem!!!

Sher-baby - 16 days ago
Oh wow, Congrats Machala!! I'm glad you and baby are doing well after an unplanned csection!

machalaB - 16 days ago
Babylove, I had him on Monday, just came home thursday, gonna post birth story in a is your recovery coming along??

babylove5 - 16 days ago
Machala and Lexy I hope you're not going nuts from pregnancy yet. I Hope you are having a few real vontractions. The pain always starts in your back then moves to the front. I hope you make it to the hospital in time and I can't wait to hear your birth story.

lexy-b - 17 days ago
Alana you're not alone! This is my 3rd too and doctors thought the whole time he was coming early... good luck with your delivery!

alanaw - 18 days ago
Week 40…didn't think I would see this, with my third. Hope everyone is feeling well! :)

beckym - 37 days ago
Sher-baby, if they are not consistent,then those are just Braxton hicks contractions, and it is good you are having them, that is your body preparing for the big day, exercising those internal muscles, so when the big day does come, it will be a little easier on you and possibly minorly faster. I always welcome those contractions because I go no pain meds for the last two and I like all the natural help I can get, I love when they let me walk around the hospital, always try to stay as calm as you can, it helps the contractions do what they need to do instead of fighting them in a pained panic which doubles the time your body needs to work. I'm from week 15 but not a lot of talking going on, a small handful of people this time around, and I love peeking in at week 40 where the finish line is. I can't wait to join you ladies!

Dec Baby - 39 days ago
40 weeks +2 days...still no contractions😩 this baby is gonna be huge!!

sher-baby - 48 days ago
Congrats joready! I'm 36 weeks today and we still haven't decided on a name!! I've still been having frequent contractions but not consistent; there anywhere from 5-10mins apart. I'm hoping things either pick up or bugger off!!! Im going on day 3 of my uterus doesn't know what it wants to do.

Dec Baby - 48 days ago
Blondie is in week 42 and still waiting for baby😉

Dec Baby - 48 days ago
joready, congratulations and welcome Henry Luke! So glad it all went well...I'm jealous that you have your precious little treasure...hehe enjoy him! Love his name too...I can't believe that we actually don't know what we're having and we're still trying to work on names😁

joready2glo - 50 days ago
p.s any news on blondiemom84 yet anyone?

joready2glo - 50 days ago
hi decbaby, hubby doing loads better and great news......I had a baby boy on wed 4th march! 8lb 10! we named him henry luke and hes perfect. went into labour early wed morning. in hospital at 4pm and he was here by 7pm! so glad I didnt get a sweep nor got induced! so so happy!

Dec Baby - 56 days ago
Hi joready, how is your husband? Hope he is feeling better and ready to help you with labour?! I wonder if you'll end up having a sweep...hopefully you don't have to wait too much longer😉

joready2glo - 56 days ago
didnt get a sweep. another midwife said they dont usually do them until 40plus7 so having one on thursday! then if no baby will be getting booked in for an induced at 40plus 12! x

joready2glo - 57 days ago
40+3 today and still no signs of baby coming. getting my first sweep today, see what that brings! xx

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