With 37 pregnancy weeks completed my baby is full term now!!! It felt like forever to get to this point and now I could give birth in any moment! I feel my baby hiccuping a lot, wriggling and twisting but I feel I am still unaware of what my life will look like after she comes to this world!
I must admit that this week was the most challenging one in terms of fatigue – I was soooo tired.
What’s happening this week?
- Baby’s crown to rump length is 35-36 cm or 13.8-14.2 inches. Baby weighs about 3-3.1 kg or 6.6-6.8 pounds.
- Backaches, menstrual type cramps and increased pelvic pressure may be early signs of labor.
- For another week or so, the uterus is still the best place for your baby while the finishing touches to her development take place.
- The placenta has reached its full size and is spread out like a plate. It will continue to function for the full duration of the pregnancy.
- Parts of the skeleton, particularly the long bones of the arms and legs, have hardened, a process known as ossification.
- The hands may be curled into fists, grasping the umbilical cord or free-floating with fingers outstretched. The grasp reflex is very strong.
- The head may now be fully engaged. At this stage there are several normal variations in position and the direction in which the baby is facing.
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