Wednesday, November 19, 2008

37 Weeks

Happy Full Term Day to me! Milo has 3 weeks to make his way out of here, then he gets his eviction notice! Oh and that hand on the bottom of my belly... its covering up my lovely stretch-marked stomach that keeps popping out of every shirt I own.
According to Babycenter: Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his 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 blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable. You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge. If you see some "bloody show" (mucus tinged with a tiny amount of blood) in the toilet or in your undies, labor is probably a few days away — or less. (If you have heavier spotting or bleeding, call your caregiver immediately.) Also be sure to ask your caregiver about the results of your Group B strep culture. That way, if the result isn't yet on your chart when you get to the hospital or birth center, you'll be able to give the staff there a timely heads-up if you need antibiotics.

It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. If you can, take it easy through the day — this may be your last chance to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby's movements, too, and let your caregiver know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though her quarters are getting cozy, she should still be as active as before.

Ok, seriously there are so many things wrong with this weeks produce! First of all, this has got to be a downgrade from last weeks MELON! And secondly, wtf is a swiss chard anyways. You have to do better then this, Babycenter!

1 comment:

Mommy Moreno said...

aghhhhhhhhh - FULL TERM!?! :D I cant wait to meet little Milo!