Tuesday, 8 December 2009

37 weeks

At week 37, your pregnancy is considered full term, meaning baby is likely to thrive after birth. Baby spends these last weeks in preparation for the outside world… meaning careful refinement of the blink, suck, inhale and exhale. Meconium, which you’ll probably find in the first diaper, is accumulating in the intestines. If (okay, as) you worry about giving birth, consider what it’s like for the little one. During the journey out of your womb, baby will produce more stress hormones than any other time in life. Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, their lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

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 blondes or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

*How far along?: 37 weeks

*Total weight gain: Don't know

*How big is baby?: Watermelon or Swiss Chard. Is it me or are those two completely different sized foods?

*Maternity clothes?: Like I'm suddenly going to slip into some D&G? Yes.

*Sleep?: Ugh, these questions are starting to annoy me.

*Best moment this week?: Having a fab shower/housewarming.

*Movement?: Yes; the bebe has ants in it's non-existent pants.

*Food cravings?: Cupcakes. I blame Deb for making amazing ones for Saturday.

*Labor signs?: No.

*Belly button in or out?: Innie.

*What I miss: Not having a sore back; I know I'm lucky to have made it this long but blah.

*What I'm looking forward to: Cutting down our Christmas tree and lighting the menorah!

*Milestone: 9 months pregnant! Check out the new poll at the top of my blog to wager your bet as to when the bebe will arrive.

1 comment:

MrsSouthernBelle said...

Wow! Youre so close!!!!