Week 38

Baby: Your baby is about 21 inches from head to toe and weighs about 6.8 pounds. Most of the baby’s downy hair, lanugo, and whitish coating, vernix, is disappearing. Your baby is getting its antibodies from you to protect against illness. Baby’s growth is slowing, but fat cells under skin get plumper for life outside the womb. Almost ready for birth, your baby would do well if born now.

Mom-to-be: You’re probably not getting any bigger, but you may be feeling more uncomfortable. Make sure you have a bag packed. It won’t be long now — 95% of all babies are born within two weeks of their mother’s due date.

You hear that, kiddo – you would do fine if you were born now… as in right now.  As in, why put off ’til tomorrow what you can accomplish today.

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The doctor’s appointment was a success… I’m now 80% effaced and the small one is at 0 station.  The doc said we were making great progress, and that he prefers to see full effacement before dilation begins as he says things tend to go smoother then (go us).  The small one is even facing in the right direction (anterior), and is fitting nicely in my pelvis, although the doc did mention that the shape of my pubic arch (?) will probably mean I’ll be pushing for a while when it’s go time.  Needless to say, the husband and I are elated!

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