Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Baby Watch

39 weeks on 12.20.08
Originally uploaded by CatrinaD
As of tomorrow, my birthday, I'll officially be 39 weeks pregnant. I'm SO ready to have this baby! I wouldn't mind sharing my birthday at all. But, if he decided that today was his arrival date, that would be even better. We have a doctor's appointment today and I'm just PRAYING that she says I've started to dialate.

The car seats are ready to go. The hospital bag is packed. My family is on their way here for the Christmas holiday. Everything is set to go.

All we need is a baby!

From Fit Pregnancy:
You are now 39 weeks pregnant.
You have 1 Weeks, 1 Days to go!
Your due date is December 31, 2008.

Your Growing Baby
You're in the home stretch! After nine months of growth and development, your baby is ready to be born, or nearly so. At week 39, your baby is fully developed and anywhere from 17-23 inches long and weighs 6-10 pounds. Don't be frightened if your OB-GYN says your baby is large: It's extremely difficult to judge a baby's weight accurately from the outside. Your baby is adding neural connections and growing hair and still gaining weight. Researchers have theorized that when babies are ready to be born, they send a chemical signal of androgens to the placenta, which increases the production of estrogen and leads to labor. If so, it's proof of the old saying that "only a baby knows when it's ready to be born."

Your Changing Body
Don't be surprised if you get discouraged now. Relatives may be calling regularly to find out if labor has started. Ignore them and make plans every day—see a movie, take a walk, read or simply lounge around at home. Relish this peaceful time while it lasts! To get some relief from your weight and aches, do plenty of hands-and-knees cat stretches and pelvic tilts. Soak in a warm bath, swim, or just float in the pool to take a break from gravity.


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