Your baby is now almost fully grown and can be considered full term. S/he is now more than 19 inches long and weighs a little less than 3 kilos.
Although a couple of weeks more will allow the lungs and the brain to mature completely, your baby if born now, will be able to cope well with life outside the womb.
If you have had a previous C-section or have some medical considerations such as a breech baby or placenta previa, your doctor would want to discuss a planned C-section. In such cases, your doctor might plan a date about 7 to 10 days before the expected due date.
Signs and Symptoms
Throughout your pregnancy week by week, especially in the second trimester, you might feel your baby hiccup often now and these will be felt as rhythmic, knocking movements in your abdomen. You might also start feeling more frequent Braxton-Hicks contractions which might now feel a little uncomfortable and be more noticeable.
You might want to plan a hospital tour or visit to familiarize yourself with the labor room and the delivery area. This will help you feel comfortable when you actually come to hospital for the birth.
People might tell you that you look like you’re going to ‘pop’ anytime now. This just means that you’re probably looking fully pregnant and ready to deliver. Just continue to do your prenatal exercises without fail so that you deliver with ease.
You might want to deliver your baby on a specific date for personal or auspicious reasons. This might not be the best idea as it is essential for your baby to be completely ready. Once ready, your baby will herself/himself initiate labor and support the birth process.
It is important that you read up on postnatal depression. A lot of mothers suffer from this condition, which arises as a result of hormones and psychological changes post delivery. Most mums do not even realise that they’re suffering. If left unattended, postnatal depression could lead to devastating consequences.
As you track your pregnancy week by week, watch out for any leaking from the vagina. As your baby’s head presses against the cervix, some fluid may leak out and give you a feeling of dampness. If you find yourself feeling constantly damp, then it could be amniotic fluid leaking. This means your baby’s sterile environment is compromised, so you must check with your doctor just to be sure.
Old Wives Tales
Elderly relatives might ask you to eat spicy food to bring on labour. Spicy food is said to stimulate and bowels and in turn, the uterus. We really do not know how much spice is actually needed to bring on labour. If you do actually go into labour, spicy food might cause heartburn, loose motions and vomiting which can make labour further unpleasant.
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