Saturday, May 22, 2010

37 weeks! Little swiss chard!!

I am 37 weeks today and officially (by most standards) full term! Woohoo! Let's get this kiddo out into the world! I am SO uncomfortable... I can barely walk because of the pain in my pelvis, and last night my hip and back pain was so unbearable I couldn't sleep on either side comfortably. Alright, baby, any time you're ready...

Here is what is happening with our kiddo this week:

Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

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