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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sher-baby - 5.1 hours ago
preciousgift- I'm gonna give it a couple more weeks and see. I too notice I bleed more when I wear my waist cincher. If u are EBF then I'd wait until my baby is a master at BF'ing before introducing the paci. My son is on the bottle and loves loves loves his paci. We almost can't get him to sleep with out it...I guess that's good and bad because breaking that habit in a couple yrs will suck!!
machalaB - 8.4 hours ago
Dec baby, I think I may try walking but my main concern is m belly, I catch myself sucking it in at times lol, n preciousgift Sylas started sucking one while in the hospital, I give it to him sparingly though.
preciousgift2 - 10.5 hours ago
Sher 9 weeks is a quite a long time but if your Dr. is not worried, then I guess you are right not to worry yet. I have been doing the off red too and am in my 3rd week now. So I decided to stop using my clincher because I noticed I bled if I used it. Ladies when do you reckon is a good time to introduce a pacifier, with my 1st one I waited until 3 months and when I tried to introduce it he just wouldn't accept it because he was already sucking his fingers and still does until now. So I do not want to make the same mistake putting it off until too late...
sher-baby - 3 days ago
Dec baby- it's not a lot, never has been; even right after delivery. I've always gone through like 2 maybe 3 pads a day! But it has been on an off bright red...then for a few days it will be brown then bright red again for a few days! My ob didn't seem worried but I think I'll give it until week 12 if it hasn't stopped
Dec Baby - 3 days ago
O.K...so I realise now that my bleeding is not a continuation of postpartum bleed but my first period!!! This has never happened to me before in all previous 8 pregnancies! I am fully breast feeding and it usually takes 12 months to come back! I am so shocked right now! Machaela...I have put a small amount of weight on too boohoo! I was just looking at my skinny photos awww and thinking I'd better start cutting down on my calorie intake...I'm simply just eating tooooo much and at the moment, so not getting enough activity in my routine! I want to start walking (without my kiddos) but I'll have to wait a few more months yet as breast feeding is making it hard to leave the baby! I love breast feeding so I'm totally O.K with waiting for a while;) I work from home but haven't fully got into the swing quite yet! I'll catch up with work later;) Sher...bright red doesn't sound normal, is it a lot or just a little? 9 weeks of bright red bleeding sounds like a long time even if it's on off. How are you feeling?
machalaB - 3 days ago
Ive gotten mine Dec Baby. I enjoyed not seeing it those 9 months, lol..as for weight, im gaining but not complaining, n as my gma say 'nobody wants a bone but a dog'. But this belly tho...my. cesarean incision is fully healed so ive been wearing a clincher. Have anyone returned to work yet??
sher-baby - 3 days ago
Dallas got his shots today..he did really good, hardly cried. I haven't been on the scale since I saw I still had 17lbs to loose. I'm scared to weigh my self again! I still have a nasy jelly belly...I hate it!
babylove5 - 4 days ago
When I went to the Dr. the other day I weighed for the first time since birth. I still have 8 pounds to lose, I thought I lost it all...ugh! The scale is obviously wrong I can wear my same jeans. I guess I need to exercise! I hate the scale.
babylove5 - 4 days ago
I think I stopped at 4weeks. I'm 6 weeks pp and I shouldn't start my period since I'm breastfeeding. My hormones are starting to come back and I'm getting my sex drive back. I'm going to wait and get Jacobs shots at 8 weeks he's just to little. I wish he would drink one bottle a day without putting up a fight. It is stressful knowing I'm his only food source.
sher-baby - 4 days ago
I haven't dtipped bleeding. I've had days were it's really light and I'll think it's finally done but then it will be bright red again the next day...this has happend about 5 or 6 times, but it's never fully stopped. It's really annoying. On Friday I'll be 9 weeks PP!!!!
Dec Baby - 5 days ago
Sher, have you got your first period or are you still having postpartum bleeding?
I just started very lightly bleeding again after having nothing for a week! sigh...it's hardly anything but still, it has been 8 weeks! I thought I'd be well over by now!
Anyone else got a period yet?
sher-baby - 6 days ago
Wow Babylove!!! Ur good..shame on ur DH!!! Men are animals!! I'm still bleeding so sex isn't even a option at the moment. And since dallas, DH and I have slept in the same bed MAYBE 5 times...the sad thing is, we both kinda like sleeping seperetly...I hope it doesn't impact our relationship....and I can't even remember the last time we had sex!!!!...I'm sure it's been more than 6 months. At the moment I feel sooo unattractive so i dont even wanna be naked in front of any one. My stomach is still gross and the stretchmarks!!! Ugh!!!
babylove5 - 7 days ago
Congrats Emefa!!! My lil guy weighs probably 10 pounds at the most right now. He was right at 8 pounds at birth. He hasn't gained a lot but he eats every 2 hours. My breast milk must be low fat.. Lol He is now 6 weeks and quite bossy. I go tomorrow for my dr appt. I can't believe it's been 6 weeks. Sher, I hear you! It's kind of like having another child, since you he to tell them what to do. My hubby was pressuring me to he sex. I gave in last night and it hurt at first from the stiches. Im stressed right now since we are moving, I hv to pack and breastfeed. Idk, how I'm going to be able to do all this. I hv no help since my hubby works. I'm excited to be settling down though. We just decided to stay in this area.
machalaB - 8 days ago
Congrats Emefa, n babylove im def gonna try that lotion, n I only use nursery water also, but I was sayin giving the nursery water by itself in a bottle for baby to drink, my ped said it was not good for them, im guessing its something new because my daughter was given nursery water n she is healthy as can be.
sher-baby - 8 days ago
**rant warning** so I really thought that rising this baby with a partner/DH would be a lot easier than it was raising my daughter by myself. So far, this theory is proving to be wrong. I don't understand how we've been doing this for 8weeks now and DH still doesn't get that he operates on the babys schedule....'I'm sorry, it's 10am!!! Get ur ass out of bed!'......' No there aren't any bottles made because there all dirty! Would u mind washing them?!?!'.....'oh your tired??....so am I and NO we can't nap yet' Like, why the EFF am I having these convos with him???....please tell me I'm not alone?? I could scream....some days I wanna tell him to screw off and leave!!! I can do it by myself....at least that way I wouldn't have to TRY to depend on him! Sorry ladies!!....he's just really pissing me off!!!
sher-baby - 8 days ago
Congrats emefa!!! That is. Big baby. Last week dallas weighed 5.7kg and he was just over 7weeks old.
emefa - 10 days ago
Thanks be to God.i had my little tiffany on the 16th of April,I thought I could have her naturally Bt it couldn't happen that way cos she was 4.3kg very big n my first child she is so cute
babylove5 - 11 days ago
Machala, The Burts Bee Ointment is actually lotion, and it is all natural. It is the only baby lotion that works on him and it lasts forever. I got a jar before birth and use it every day, I still have like 90 percent left. Its worth the money. As far as the water goes, I know it isn't safe to use water except when making formula. I always buy the nursery water for 1.00 already sterilized. Right now their tiny brains are developing and its so important to give them the right nutrition. The best formula is the Enfamil Infant. Im still trying to get Jacob to drink one bottle a day. I bought one container of it 4 weeks ago and I hv only used half. At this rate I will hv to buy one every 2 months. I use the Vaseline on his bottom it works better than destin and is really cheap.
machalaB - 11 days ago
Babylove so the burts bees ointment works pretty good? Sylas has dry skin on his face where the baby acne was, I bought Eucerin baby n by the time I got home to use it the panel says 3mnths n up, ugh anyway uve been using petroleum, its really clearing up the dry spots. Also I hear now that giving babies water causes their blood to be diluted n affects their electrolytes, have ne of u heard this?? I don't too much believe it tho, cuz Im sure formula is mixed with water...
babylove5 - 12 days ago
Butterfly I was 41 weeks with my fourth.I hope everyone had a happy mothers day!!! Congrats Precious!! My lil man is attached to my boob. He is always breastfeeding. I am having a hard time getting him to drink a bottle once a day but I need a break. He fell asleep last night with me, and he was still attached to my boob when I woke up. He is getting coordinated with his hand movements and is starting to like his baths. His skin is so dry I have to buy burts bees ointment from Target in the baby section to keep it moist. I love that stuff.
butterfly4 - 12 days ago
Sher-baby- I just want to deliver so bad I am so jealous of everyone who has had there baby already this is my 5th child I don't understand why I am so late and my belly is so big I literally carry it cause it hurts like its pulling my body it hurts so bad sadly I am still pregnant almost a week later and my doctor isn't talking about induction she keeps saying it will happen it will happen I feel like a elephant lol and was just trying to see if any ladies was in the same boat as me still waiting but I guess not. Wish me luck.
machalaB - 13 days ago
Happy (belated) Mothers Day!!
Sher-baby - 15 days ago
Happy Mothers day Ladies!!
preciousgift2 - 16 days ago
Hi, been catching up on the posts since I haven't been online for a while. So baby Erick Alvaro was finally born on the 30th of April at 00.25 am. Dr had asked me to come for a checkup on the 29th and a possible induction...it was my last day in week 40. When I got there she checked me and told me I was in early labour 2-3 cm dilated and should proceed to the hospital where I was booked. I however chose to stay at home until the contractions got more painful and closer together. Around 10.30 pm they were 5 mins apart and I then went to hospital. They got intense as they were processing my admission forms and when I got to the labour ward I was 9 cm dilated. My Dr was called and she arrived about 25-30 mins later, broke my water because it was still intact and I welcomed my precious gift after 2 pushes. So labour wasn't that bad for me though I got a few stitches. He is such a lovely baby and I'm so in love with him. My challenge has been my milk supply, it was low with my first and with this one. Got a supply of Sulpiride to stimulate but still I dont have enough to exclusively breastfeed. So baby started crying non-stop even while we were still in hospital. When I got home I made him a bottle of formula and so at night I bottle feed him and breast feed during the day...made peace with the fact that I can't produce enough milk for my kids with my first so I'm just happy if my baby is happy and full even if it means supplementing. Oh on sleeping, haven't slept uninterrupted for at most 2 hours at night, he sleeps during the day and unfortunately I just can't do the same but I'm happy all the same.
Sher-baby - 16 days ago
Lol butterfly!! Don't feel bad, most of us popped a month ago or more...were just still here chatting! Lol!!
butterfly4 - 16 days ago
am I the only one who is still pregnant? lol I am planning to do a walk around the track in the morning
KristinaA - 17 days ago
I finally calculated how many miles I walked on Sunday before I went to the hospital. 3.4. May have over-done it a little, but it worked, although I was in early labor before any of the walking.
Sher-baby - 18 days ago
Going on day 3 of dallas being crazy clingy and just real fussy! Ugh....it's really draining and I'm Sooo tired!
machalaB - 18 days ago
I def feel yall on the clingy thing, Sylas wont let me do nothing, swear he gotta be in my arms at all times. He's a momma`s boy..lol. I wouldn't have it any other way tho..
Sher-baby - 18 days ago
Yay!!! Congrats Kristina! I feel for you ladies that have to push SOOO long. I don't think drs should let ladies push that long...I've always pushed for a short time...3 or 4 pushes and my babies have been out. Enjoy ur time with ur sweet LO
KristinaA - 18 days ago
Hi ladies -- I'll post more later, but I did have the baby. I waited until about 7pm on Sunday night to go to the hospital. Contractions were still not 5-7 minutes apart yet, but they were intense! When I got there, I was 5cm so they kept me and my daughter was born at 12:49am on Monday morning. It was actually a pretty fast delivery b/c the cord was wrapped around her neck and her BP dropped in half so we didn't waste any time in getting to pushing, but I still pushed for an hour, harder than I've ever pushed. I'm so sore in my back and arms from all that pushing. But it's nice to finally be home w/ the baby :)
babylove5 - 19 days ago
I'm glad you're still pumping it's so good for both of you. I know it's annoying but worth it. I had to put Jacob in the baby bjorn carrier so I could clean yesterday. He wanted to be held all the time. 😳
Sher-baby - 19 days ago
So yesterday and so far today Dallas has been suuuuupppeerrrrr clingy!!! I can't put him down for anything without him screaming his face off. He's never really cried until now....hea fusses but not cry!!! Yesterday and today...diff story!!! Omg! I have to pump with him on my chest too!!! Ya, talk about akward!!
Sher-baby - 19 days ago
Ya I used coconut oil (smells awesome!!) after the prescription to get rid of what was left of it, but lots of ppl use olive oil too!!
babylove5 - 19 days ago
Dec baby I know time flies my little man is 4 weeks. He is filling out and my daughter calls his double chin 'chin and chins friend' lol. He still breastfeeds every 2 hours during the day. He will sometimes go 5 hours at night without eating. Baby lump I saw the pics of your little girl smiling she's so cute and looks like her sisters. I'm going to get some pics done of our whole family. I want to do them outside barefoot in a field of flowers. I'm not sure what's to wear. I was thinking white shirts and kakhis for the boys. Maybe a white dress for my daughter and I. Sher I hope Dallas is breastfeeding better.
Dec Baby - 19 days ago
I use olive oil for cradle cap, massage a generous amount into the affected areas an hour or so before bath time...leave it to soften and when it's bath time, use a face cloth to gently rub it away! It's a bit of a greasy business and you may have to wash your little ones hair twice! I like this way because it's all natural, but mine have only had it mildly:)
Sher-baby - 19 days ago
OMG dallas had cradle cap on his head, ears, and eyebrows. I go a prescription because he had yellow crust all over his face and head. It did wonders...used it for less than a week.
babylumpp2015 - 19 days ago
Baby love I have been doing oatmeal and it def helps! Kristina can't wait to hear your birth story!! So little girl just developed cradle cap just on her ears any suggestion???
Dec Baby - 21 days ago
KristinaA...how exciting! I bet you have had the baby now! I hope you had a really good labour and delivery! It seems like it wasn't a long time ago that we were all waiting for our labours to get going...I went 7 days past my due date!
Dec Baby - 21 days ago
Hi girls! I can not believe my little man is six weeks old today!!! I don't know where that time has gone...I'm so happy that I can finally get him immunised and won't have to worry about him picking up some nasty disease! There have been some really sad cases of babies dying from an out break of whooping cough...when you read the stories of losing a baby at 4weeks of age, it just makes you cry! I totally hate putting him through the pain of getting jabbed with needles but I could not bare anything like that happening!
On a brighter note...my boy has just started to sleep through the night...JOY!!! He goes down at around 11pm and wakes between 6-7am! So far we have had three nights in a row, I really hope this routine continues! How are you girls going?
Sher-baby - 21 days ago
Oh Ya...being active will DEFF help. Hopefully ur at the hospital in active labor or had ur baby by now tho!
KristinaA - 21 days ago
thanks... still in early labor at home. Waiting for contractions to get closer together. I feel like if I went to the hospital, there's a 50/50 chance they'd either send me home or break my water and let me have the baby. I'm going to try waiting it out. But I'm not very patient. Going to walk the kids with my mom down to a Spring Fling festival thing...
KristinaA - 22 days ago
Baby is coming today! Contractions are strong and painful, 10-20 minutes apart right now, but had my bloody show. Finishing up stuff around the house and then going to the hospital...
Sher-baby - 22 days ago
Kristina-when I did it, I didn't contract for long at all...maybe got 2 or 3. But my water broke!!
babylove5 - 23 days ago
The one thing I recommend for breastfeeding is 3 bowls of oatmeal a day on top of what you normally eat. It helps so much with weight and milk supply! I have done this with 5 babies and always get back down to my original weight. You need at least 300 calories more otherwise when you stop breastfeeding you will gain weight. So that's why I say on top of what you normally eat. It works!😃
babylove5 - 23 days ago
Kristina as long as they start in ur back they are real and even if they stop you will make progress. I had that happen for days. Then when I would hv them I would press down like trying to push babe out and it made my water break. I was dilated from using evening prime rose oil vaginal. He was born a little bit after my water broke.
KristinaA - 23 days ago
Sher -- Hubs and I cannot find a comfortable position at this point, so I hear ya, and have tried that, and sometimes it seems to stimulate contractions, but then they stop :(
Sher-baby - 23 days ago
Soooo Kristina...this may be tmi so I apologize in advance!!! Lol...but, i too did a lot if walking and bouncing on my ball but one thing I did do was masterbate twice in the day my water broke!!! Lol so sorry again. DH and I were not having sex nor did I want to BUT I was able to masterbate and orgasim in privacy, where I felt comfortable. I would not feel comfortable having sex with DH....I just felt too gross. BUT if your having sex, than never mind what I just said!! HA...lol
KristinaA - 23 days ago
No baby yet. So bummed. Had good contractions 10 minutes apart for several hours last night, but no plug or show so I decided to try to sleep and see what happens but apparently the contractions stopped. I've literally had 5 all day. I took a long walk this morning, and walked faster than yesterday. I ended it w/ some lunges. I'm sure I'm trending on YouTube right now b/c I must have been a sight to see lunging down the sidewalk at 40 wks pregnant and dragging a little dog that couldn't keep up w/ my pace. haha.
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