Fed up? Most pregnant women feel the same in the final two weeks! Your bump has now reached its maximum size. Your entire abdomen probably feels like it is being pulled and squeezed – your body is clearly getting ready for the birth. Read on to find out when it's time to go to hospital (or call the midwife for a home birth) and two more key questions before the birth.
The size of the foetus is around 49-50 cm (crown - heel) and it weighs approx. 3250-3500 grams. The feet are approximately 8 cm long and the head has a diameter of around 10 cm.
Your baby is now roughly the size of a Watermelon.
Space is still very tight – your baby is probably not moving very much now but your baby should still be moving around. Perhaps you are already aware of your little one's phases of activity and sleep? If you notice a change in your baby’s regular pattern of movements, contact your Midwife or Doctor. Calm before the storm is not unusual, although you should still be able to feel your baby just a much as normal, even though it is sleeping so much.
The vernix caseosa has now all but disappeared – so much so that it can ease the baby's way as it slides through the birth canal. Your baby will take this time, if it needs it, to put some weight on.
It's getting more exciting! And there are three questions that you will particularly want the answers to:
1. What are the signs of labour?
There are a few signs that things might start soon, including:
These signs are a clear indication that the birth is imminent:
2. What do I need to think about or do before this happens?
3. At what point before the birth do I need to go to hospital?
If you have a midwife or doula, they can also answer many questions about childbirth and support you until it's time for you to go to hospital.
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