Week 36 of Pregnancy
Your little one is now about six pounds in weight and measures slightly more than 20 inches in length. Growth will slow down now in preparation for birth, so your baby will be able to fit the narrow passageway to the outside and so they can store up the energy needed for delivery.
You are doing the 'full term waddle' by now! This is actually your body's way of getting you ready for the big day. Your hormones are triggering the connective tissues in your body to loosen and soften. Your physician will also start seeing you weekly by now if you have not already. You will have blood pressure checks as well as cervical checks.
Most of us do not plan for Cesarean delivery, but during your preparation into childbirth be sure to consider all avenues. Be sure during one of your weekly visits to ask your physician about labor and delivery, ask as many questions as possible so when the time comes you know exactly what everyone is talking about and what birthing technique you prefer.
Week 37 of Pregnancy
Congratulations! You've got what is officially considered a full-term baby, even with three weeks to go. Your little one is still growing at about 1/2 pound a week but if delivered early their chances of survival are great!! Right now, your little over achiever is busy rehearsing for their big debut into the world, inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid (to get the lungs ready for that first breath), sucking their thumb or hand (to prepare for that first suckle of milk), blinking, and stretching.
Your baby is not the only one getting ready for the birth, your body is preparing as well. There are checklists you and your doctor will be looking for, baby's position, dilation, and effacement or thinning of the cervix.
Week 38 of Pregnancy
Who knew nine months could fly by so fast? It seems like only yesterday you got the good news about your pregnancy, and now, motherhood is only weeks (or days) away!
Your baby is producing surfactant, which will help him take those first breaths while you're producing colostrum, the precursor to breast milk.
Your bladder is now flat as a pancake since your little one has made it a resting place. Even though your trips to the bathroom are more frequent, do not stop drinking! Now is a very important time to stay hydrated. It is also time to go over notes or books you may have from childbirth classes. Labor positions and techniques to deal with the contractions are good things to think about while you're on your 20th trip to the bathroom!
Week 39 of Pregnancy
Your little one doesn't feel so little right now! You may already be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. Now that you are considered full term it is difficult to tell the difference. These contractions also known as 'false labor' can turn into real labor in a matter of minutes so be sure to pay attention to your body and if you feel as though it's the real thing, start to time your contractions carefully.
Your baby's lungs are almost fully developed and are growing stronger each day in preparation for D-Day! The lungs are busy producing surfactant to keep the air sacs from sticking together when they take their first breathe. You will know it has worked when they make a loud "I am here" cry. If your baby does not let out that loud cry, do not worry, some infants do not cry at birth. The important thing is that breathing gets started, do not worry the crying will come!
Week 40 of Pregnancy
It's the official end of your pregnancy - though your baby might not have gotten that memo. Hang in there! Adults follow schedules, Fetuses...not so much! Your little one has worked hard to be delivered and survive in the outside world but don't be surprised if they want to hang out in your warm comfy womb a little longer. Your doctor will keep tabs on you and the baby and will help you decide what is best for you and baby.
All systems are a go as far as baby is concerned, there is full organ development and they have enough fat to keep warm outside in the world. Like a little camel your baby is storing extra fluid to stay hydrated during birth and the days after while your breast milk comes in.
Thank you for sharing your pregnancy with Nuby. We cannot wait for all the stages you and your baby will go through. We look forward to providing you with tips, answers and suggestions to see you through these stages.
This website provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.