Monday, August 6, 2012

37 weeks...full term baby!

So excited that I made it full-term!! :)
According to, 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.

According to, Your baby continues to put on weight by about 1/2 pound each week. It's no wonder the womb is becoming very cramped. Your baby is gaining weight quickly because layers of fat pile on and help in both body temperature regulation and developing his immunity in preparation for life in the outside world. You may find you are carrying your baby much lower now (or soon will be) as the baby drops into the birth canal, readying himself for birth. Your baby is about 19 inches long and weighs from 5.5 to 6.0 pounds. The vast majority of babies born now will live with little need for intensive medical treatment.

How far along? 37 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 35 Pounds
Maternity clothes? Oh yes, all maternity.
Stretch marks? No…knock on wood!
Sleep: No bueno
Best moment this week: Hearing that my sister, brother-in-law and niece will be flying into town from New York on the 18th!

Miss Anything? Being comfortable
lots of major movements & rearranging... I'm sure she is pretty darn cramped in there! Lately I can even feel her fingers & toes moving!

Food cravings: Basically sweets and only sweets…real food doesn’t sound that good anymore
Anything making you queasy or sick: meat…although I made these amazing chicken enchiladas last night and actually enjoyed them.
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms: Week 37 is when I officially hit a wall. Being uncomfortable has a whole new meaning... I have been tired again like the first trimester & my stomach/ribs are pretty painful. I’m wondering if she’s dropped because my heartburn is a little better.
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: baby girl's arrival of course ... can't believe it is almost time!!

1 comment:

  1. Yay! You're almost there! I made it to 38... Can't wait to see pics of your little one!