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.
*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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beckym - 10 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 - 12 days ago
40 weeks +2 days...still no contractions😩 this baby is gonna be huge!!
sher-baby - 21 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 this...like my uterus doesn't know what it wants to do.
Dec Baby - 21 days ago
Blondie is in week 42 and still waiting for baby😉
Dec Baby - 21 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 - 23 days ago
p.s any news on blondiemom84 yet anyone?
joready2glo - 23 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 - 29 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 - 29 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
joready2glo - 30 days ago
40+3 today and still no signs of baby coming. getting my first sweep today, see what that brings! xx
Dec Baby - 36 days ago
blondie...those are all good signs that it's all going to happen soon! I'm 37 weeks tomorrow...l welcome any sign of labour from here on in! Hehe
My last pregnancy I had loads of contractions that went on for 2 hours, were 3 mins apart, a good 40-50 sec in duration...I remember thinking this is it, so I took a bath to try and relax...mentally prepare for the many hours ahead and I kid you not, everything stopped! It happened twice...so the next time I felt regular contractions, I was determined to keep the momentum...standing and squatting the whole time!
blondiemom84 - 36 days ago
I'm still here...pregnant and grouchy as ever. I'm really starting to doubt my body's ability to actually go into labor. So until this baby crowns, I don't think I will believe that its actually happening. I had contractions all day and most of the night yesterday, and then...poof...gone!!! Urgggg!!!
Dec Baby - 37 days ago
How are you going blondie? Are you managing with all the children? I guess with all the busyness, you'll at least be a little distracted! I think I'd almost kill my hubby if he left me for a boys weekend away!! Hope your labour gets going soon❤️
blondiemom84 - 38 days ago
I know I'm just being impatient. My last two were 7 and 9 days overdue so I'm sure I will be here for a while yet. My husband decided to take a nice fun ski trip 2 hrs away with a bunch of guys today and not take his own vehicle so he could drink...I really don't think he gets it. So here I sit again today, with my 5 kids, no baby, and no husband to help me. Its prolly my own fault since I've been a major bitch lately. I can't wait to get back to myself again. This sleeping sitting in the recliner is getting very old.
Dec Baby - 39 days ago
Hi girls! Blondie, you're almost there!...I went five days over with baby number 8! First time I'd ever gone over, all my others were 10 days early or bang on D day!
I went for a stretch and sweep @40w +3days...O.B was convinced My cervix would be short and maybe about 3 centimetres dilated! He was shocked to find after having 8 babies that it was long and he could barely get a finger in there! Hehe, anyhow his sweep did get things going and when you've had a few babies before hand, things can move along quite fast, so just be a bit prepared if you go down that road😉
I think walking helps too...the waddling motion helps the head to make better contact with the cervix...but don't wear yourself out for labour!
Thinking of you!
babylove5 - 39 days ago
Blondie, I used 1000mg epo vaginal morning and night, plus 1000 oral. Put a hole in the top and squeeze it out as close to cervix as possible. I also used the breast pump on both breast until contractions started and then I would stop. It took 3 days of this to get cervix to 8cm and then I went to the hospital he was born 1 hr later. You just hv to keep busy w trying to get cervix ready or starting contractions to keep from going nuts.! It will work just keep at it. You should be feeling those pains soon. Hv u had a membrane sweep that helps too.
blondiemom84 - 39 days ago
Baby love, I bought some evening primrose oil yesterday and took some orally and vaginally but nothing yet. I'm feeling very angry and depressed right now. I honestly feel like there is no end to my misery!!!! I can't even run away from it!! HELP!! I know it will be over soon but I'm not sure how to cope in the meantime😩😤😨 I'm pretty sure that the fact that its 0° outside only adds to the misery⛄❄
babylove5 - 40 days ago
Blondie, I had that happen with my fourth I hit 40 weeks and no baby. I started the evening prime rose oil inserted vaginally with a hole punctured in the top and a couple days later he was born. It helped my cervix a lot. Hopefully you will start labor today!
blondiemom84 - 41 days ago
Well, happy freaking due date to me. Nothing but disappointment today! I can't stand myself right now.Never been so miserable in my life. So now, I don't even have a date to wait for, just...WAITING... FOREVER
maybejustdifferent - 93 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**** - 95 days ago
hoping you have had your baby! :) My sister is still prego and expecting baby any day now :)
mel90 - 98 days ago
Have you tryed castor oil if you wanna speed up the process :)
MaybeJustDifferent - 98 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 - 139 days ago
hello jojo,i welcome my cutie on 3rd of november around 2pm
jojo - 141 days ago
Congrats lissie won't be long.. I'm still here 40+5 today.. this lil lady is far too comfy x
lissie**** - 141 days ago
congrats ladies on all the new babies! You've been a month or so ahead of me. Happy for you.
aksnods - 145 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 - 145 days ago
HAPPY DUE DATE DAY !!!!!! Yaaayyy :-)
baby ali - 158 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 - 160 days ago
Babyali no she sleeps through 11-6 still does aswell 👍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 :)
LoriandRichie - 171 days ago
Shae Anneliese was born October 9th at 2:35am weighing 8lbs 13oz and 22 inches long. She's absolutely beautiful!
Baby ali - 175 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 - 178 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 - 182 days ago
my son is so cute he's a month old now his Colic has gone thank god xx
Baby ali - 182 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 😃😃😃😃
Mzholston - 183 days ago
Congrats MOM and lots of labor dust Lori!
leanbean - 184 days ago
LORI~ Can't wait for you to get your little bundle here. Good luck. Praying all goes perfectly.
leanbean - 184 days ago
MOMII~Congrats!!!!!! So glad you're doing well!
Baby ali - 184 days ago
Sarah- lol i feel still connected with pregnacy commenting on week 40 lol
LoriandRichie - 185 days ago
Congratulations MOM!! I'm still anxiously waiting. Enjoy your baby boy :)
MOMIIB - 185 days ago
Our sweet boy weighed in at 8lb 4oz 20.5in long, we are in love! Should be going home tomorrow :-)
sarah6485 - 185 days ago
Haha I think we should just stay in week 40 lol lol
Baby ali - 186 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 baby😖😖😖😖😖😖 my stomach gone down Abit which is good😄😄😄
melody123 - 186 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 - 186 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 - 187 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 - 187 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 - 187 days ago
Oopix I know 2 people had snip and no problems and was a in out job no side effects 👍 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 - 187 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
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