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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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maybejustdifferent - 35 days ago
Had my baby the day I complained on here lol. She was born dec 23 at 9:57pm, only 4 hours of active labour. great labour actually, didnt tear thankfully so recovery is quick. only thing is my entire family has the flu right now so im scared witless for my newborn to get it and tried with taking care of everybody. christmas was a bit unusual this year lol, didnt get out of hospital till christmas day so we are re-celebrating properly with family on new years eve. so glad to finally have her!

lissie**** - 37 days ago
hoping you have had your baby! :) My sister is still prego and expecting baby any day now :)

mel90 - 40 days ago
Have you tryed castor oil if you wanna speed up the process :)

MaybeJustDifferent - 40 days ago
Anyone else here? I'm 40+2, and in reallly slow labour right now, I'll be lucky if I have the baby by christmas!But I've got my fingers crossed for tonight.

matoks - 81 days ago
hello jojo,i welcome my cutie on 3rd of november around 2pm

jojo - 83 days ago
Congrats lissie won't be long.. I'm still here 40+5 today.. this lil lady is far too comfy x

lissie**** - 83 days ago
congrats ladies on all the new babies! You've been a month or so ahead of me. Happy for you.

aksnods - 87 days ago
Baby is here. She was born via scheduled c section on Tuesday. Get to go home from hospital today yay. Emmy maelynn weighed 9lbd 1 oz. She is 21 inches long and perfect every day

jojo - 87 days ago
HAPPY DUE DATE DAY !!!!!! Yaaayyy :-)

baby ali - 100 days ago
helloo Sarah that's soo good, my son sleeps during day wide awake 8-9pm then sleeps 11-12am then wakes up during night for feeds which isn't too bad.

sarah6485 - 103 days ago
Babyali no she sleeps through 11-6 still does aswell πŸ‘she real feeds through out day with on off naps then come evening she is awake til 11 then she has last bottle and goes down for night. She does her 6 bottles in the day she's just gone to 5oz as clearing the 4 quick. She is still so content. People reckon where I was so active during pregnancy and only rested come bed time I've made her have my routine lol I am lucky though as with having 5 others take care of she has made things easier for me by being so good :)

sarah6485 - 103 days ago
Lori congrats :)

LoriandRichie - 113 days ago
Shae Anneliese was born October 9th at 2:35am weighing 8lbs 13oz and 22 inches long. She's absolutely beautiful!

Baby ali - 117 days ago
Sarah- lol I no thought this pregnancy will put me off for good lol hubby's trumatised tho n dsnt want anymore, ur babys really good my sons good now colics gone but need to wake up during night every 2-3 hours n feed him he's dsnt have much milk only 2-3 ounces so u can imagen😰😰😰😰😰 do u need to feed ur baby during 11-6 wen she sleeps??

sarah6485 - 120 days ago
Baby Ali I thought you wasn't doing pregnancy again haha I think we all get that urge to have another once we forget the pain and aches we went through and see what we get at the end :) I have to say having 6 children now I don't have the urge for more as I'm pretty rushed off my feet now as bella is 19 months still a baby herself love her. She has taken so good to esmè she adores her always kissing her and esmè well she is just amazing has slept every night since she was born I have not lost any sleep she is such a good baby sleeps 11-6 no colic feeds burps sleeps that's it lol feel very lucky to have such a content baby. Hope your well baby Ali esmè be 3 weeks old Tomo

Baby ali - 124 days ago
my son is so cute he's a month old now his Colic has gone thank god xx

Baby ali - 124 days ago
girls xx I have to say I want another baby lolzzz but not yet tho 2-3 years time will have the last one πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

Mzholston - 125 days ago
Congrats MOM and lots of labor dust Lori!

leanbean - 126 days ago
LORI~ Can't wait for you to get your little bundle here. Good luck. Praying all goes perfectly.

leanbean - 126 days ago
MOMII~Congrats!!!!!! So glad you're doing well!

Baby ali - 126 days ago
Sarah- lol i feel still connected with pregnacy commenting on week 40 lol

LoriandRichie - 127 days ago
Congratulations MOM!! I'm still anxiously waiting. Enjoy your baby boy :)

MOMIIB - 127 days ago
Our sweet boy weighed in at 8lb 4oz 20.5in long, we are in love! Should be going home tomorrow :-)

sarah6485 - 127 days ago
Haha I think we should just stay in week 40 lol lol

Baby ali - 128 days ago
oopixi- I wish I was skinny wouldn't mind having a belly it will go after few months, got sister Inlaws wedding end of this month so dying to lose some weight am controlling wat I eat but got no time to exersize with 3 kids and a colicky babyπŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜– my stomach gone down Abit which is goodπŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

melody123 - 128 days ago
Guys, I'm on Facebook if anyone wants to connect with me, will need to stop using week 40 at some point lol

sarah6485 - 128 days ago
Melody I'm same still have a stone to go but I'm so busy It will soon shed I wish I did have a instructor and a nanny as I could well do with one lol and I eat bad lol

melody123 - 129 days ago
Well said Sarah on the body issue, I have a stone to loose and its in no rush to go!! After a month only 4 lbs has left me lol I don't think my sweet tooth is helping, I'm hungry all the time!! But we can't get hung up on how we look as we are human not robots and I don't know about u guys but I don't have my own personal chef/ nanny or fitness instructor ..... I also bleed due to most contraception being progesterone based only one pill is available that is oestrogen based to me, it's a mini pill so if I forget I'm in trouble, it only has a 3 hour window!!

sarah6485 - 129 days ago
Can I also add girls I know some of us are upset with our bodies after birth but just remember it took 9 months to grow so give yourself a good 9 months to return back to normal. My tummy goes down gradually over a few months and returns back to normal

sarah6485 - 129 days ago
Oopix I know 2 people had snip and no problems and was a in out job no side effects πŸ‘ think men just tell horror stories lol. I too have a high sex drive and have still got the urge which is great as after last baby I just wasn't interested so nice to still feel something lol. Hope my bleeding stops by 3rd week I had injection after last baby and ended up constantly spotting for next 3 months was so annoying I just don't get on with contraception at all hence the snip is on the agenda now plus 6 kids is well enough for us haha

sarah6485 - 129 days ago
Baby Ali I too had those problems with contraception and sorry to say the implant also made me bleed heavily constantly bit worth a go

oopixiesticks - 129 days ago
I hope my bleeding only lasts one more week! But now I'm hoping I don't bleed more because of that depo shot :( :( I want to wear those tummy control shorts to help my stomach go back down but with a pad on it's like hell! I been using the belly band but I don't feel it's going down much more :( wish I was a bit chunkier so it wouldn't be so noticeable but I'm small and have barely any boobs so I look weird to be left with a belly. Sarah- I wish my husband would get the snip too but he's telling me it's going to make him pee without being able to hold it? I don't know some guy told him that. And I go and u want me to get a surgery to get my tubes tied and who knows the risks of that ! Melody- I wish I couldn't think of sex lol but I'm too horny all the time and my husband has been begging since we got home from the hospital! But I looked in the mirror and it scared me away lol .babyali- what formula do u use? I used similac organic the liquid formula for my daughter every other formula constipated her and my oldest daughter was so constipated off of enfamil gentlease the powder is harder on their tummies I've noticed

Baby ali - 129 days ago
hello ladieS- my son has colic not bad as my last child now regretting not breastfeeding ONLY, slowly going of breast and doing formula through out the day n night. as for bleeding my stopped at 3 weeks which was last Monday. as for sex i am ready but will wait till 4 weeks lol hubby is dying! Lolz. for comtraception I am planning on geting the implant for 3 years, I had the coil last time and it didn't work for me bled heavily for 13 months then got it taken out and fell pregnant with this baby after 4 months of trying, Dnt like the injection or the pill makes me put on sooo much weight and as for condoms i dnt trust them.

leanbean - 129 days ago
MOMII~ So excited for you! Good luck tomorrow!

MOMIIB - 129 days ago
40wks today, scheduled CS for tomorrow at 0830am. Can't wait to see our son!!!!!!!! :-)

sarah6485 - 129 days ago
Oopix I'm getting sore from pads now it's so annoying bleeding can last 4 weeks. As for sex I've always started when I'm ready. I'm yet to sort contraception I too hated the shot well to be fair hated all contraception as always got side affects. Hubby is considering the snip now

sarah6485 - 129 days ago
Baby Ali I've had previous clingy babies bless you can be hard when have others to watch and take care of

melody123 - 129 days ago
Oopsie, il start a hello on the baby bit and see if anyone comes over to say hi back, I'm still spotting slightly some day like you I don't want to wear anything anymore, as for intercourse I don't even think about it until I have my 6-8 week check, besides I just can't go there if I'm still spotting - 129 days ago
oopixie my son is a month old and for the most part the bleeding is done. i had a little bit of light bleeding a couple days ago and nothing since. i think you are supposed to wait to have sex until after your 6 week checkup, but i didnt...i waited until i was ready....still havent even made my appt yet (oops lol)

oopixiesticks - 130 days ago
Also wanted to ask how many days does this bleeding last? I can't seem to remember I'm tired of wearing pads! What's the earliest to resume having sex? I tried a few days ago but I was anxious. Also got the 3 month birth control shot and am regretting it! I have been feeling itchy and my face feels numb not sure if it was from the birth control or the epidural or if I'm just crazy!? Didn't want to do birth control but they push it so much on me I just wanted to get them to stop bugging me so I took it. I don't want anymore kids and if I do til be at least 4 years from now these 3 kids were planned so I don't feel I can get accidentally pregnant without birth control

oopixiesticks - 130 days ago
Are you ladies going to move onto the baby development chat? My boy is 3 weeks today he feels so much heavier now and bigger growing out of his newborn size pajamas. I'm breastfeeding only still about every 2 hours he loves to sleep and poop lol and barely cries when he's awake so it's been pretty easy going from 2 to 3 kids then it was from 1 to 2. My daughters don't mind him. Will probably switch to formula when he starts teething that's what I did with my last daughter she started biting real hard and I'm scared for that this time. So far my boy is an angel compared to how my daughters were as a baby they were so dramatic second one cried all the time and just wanted to be carried all day.

Baby ali - 130 days ago
Sarah- same here my milk dsnt satisfy my son at all so will b feeding him formula from now, i can't seem to put my baby down always wants to be carried he cries wen I put him down, it's becoming abit stressful now as I cNt do anything but seem to be spending all my time on himπŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–

sarah6485 - 132 days ago
I am lucky she seems to always sleep between 11-6 am or 11.30- 5 am so I'm happy with that :) I have been doing breast and bottle but my milk still doesn't seem to be coming in properly and she is a very hungry baby she was 7.3 at birth and 5 days later was 7.11 :-0 so gaining very well but done a full week off breast with her but going to just move to formula now as that satisfies her properly. Least she has had my first weeks worth of the good milk πŸ‘ - 132 days ago
well, malcolm went for his one month checkup today. when he was born he was 6lbs 9oz 19 inches long. he is now 22.5 inches and 10 lbs 12oz! no wonder i feel like im always feeding him! lol...ive started supplementing with formula and the dr gave us a few tins of free formula :)

Baby ali - 133 days ago
Sarah ur very lucky x my sons got bit of colic so does cry, and wakes up every 3 hours for feeds, hoping he settles πŸ˜”

sarah6485 - 134 days ago
Touch wood esmΓ¨ has been sleeping 6-7 hours a night so I'm not suffering on that side of things I'm so lucky she is such a content baby rarely cries πŸ‘β€οΈ

elequin - 135 days ago
Hi mash, dropping in from wk 13. I've had that feeling with both my two kids prior to this preg. I could virtually fall asleep in a second when it hits - a wave of fatigue and emotions all at once. It tends to settle after about 3 months apparently.

Baby ali - 135 days ago
I would love to sleep one night without waking up or being disturbedπŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

melody123 - 135 days ago
Hey guys, pretty peeved I can't log into my usual account, this has old info on it but may have to update if I carry using it, I'm not exclusively breastfeeding and tbh thinking about fazing it out at some point, I don't have the time in the day to sit and feed her esp as she's increasing her intake lately, I say if you can continue breastfeeding good on you! Mash- I've never experienced your 'release' feeling before but have heard of it, hormones really mess us around don't they! On a diff note, I'm soooo tired, actually really tired, the adrenaline of giving birth has worn off and I'm not on that high anymore, exhaustion is creeping in.....and.... I look like crap, peeps have stopped saying how well I look lol

sarah6485 - 135 days ago
Hope everyone's well my breast feeding has taken a turn for the better today πŸ‘so glad my breasts and the feeds feel loads better makes it easier to carry on with :)

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