Fed up? Most pregnant women feel the same way during 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 is time to go to hospital (or call the midwife for an at-home birth), and discover the answers to two more key questions before the birth.
The fetus is around 19-20 inches long (crown to heel) and weighs approx. 7-8 lbs. The feet are roughly 3 inches long and the diameter of the head is around 4 inches.
Your baby is now about the size of a pumpkin.
Space is very tight now – your baby is probably not moving very much now. Maybe you are already familiar with the activity and sleeping phases of your little one. If you do not feel any movement at all for a day, contact your doctor to make sure everything is OK. A calm before the storm is not uncommon, but you should still feel your baby every now and then, even if it is sleeping a lot.
There is very little of the waxy vernix coating left now – just enough to make it easier for your baby to slide through the birth canal. Your baby will use the time that remains 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 labor?
There are some indications that things might start soon. These include:
These signs are a clear indication that labor 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, she can also answer many questions about the birth and stay with you until it is time to go to hospital.
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