Your baby’s as big as a medium squash, about 14.8 inches long! Baby’s brain is beginning to form grooves as it develops into a more complex organ – your little one may even begin to dream! Baby’s eyelids are opening now and lungs are forming bronchi, tiny tubular branches that carry air through the lungs. Mom, if you tested Rh negative, you’ll receive your injection this week to keep baby safe (if you haven’t already received it yet).
Your baby’s as big as a large butternut squash, about 15.2 inches long! Baby’s muscles are maturing, along with every other part of baby’s body, including brain and lungs. Baby’s also able to detect light from inside your belly! You may experience Braxton Hicks contractions. Don’t panic, mom – these are commonly called practice contractions and can last from 30 seconds to two minutes. However, if contractions become closer together or more painful, or if you being to leak fluid, call your care team or head to the nearest hospital to make sure you’re not going into labor early.
Your baby’s as big as a head of cabbage, about 15.71 inches long! Baby’s eyebrows and eyelashes are fully formed, and so are those tiny hands (with even tinier fingernails starting to grow). With less space inside your belly, baby is getting cozy and sleeping in 30- to 90- minute bursts. But that doesn’t mean mom is. Although you’re likely feeling extra sleepy these days, getting a good night’s rest may become more difficult. Try experimenting with different sleep positions or talk to your care team. Now is also a good time to sign up for childbirth education classes, if you haven’t already done so.
Your baby’s the size of a coconut, about 16.18 inches long! Baby’s getting pudgier, as an extra layer of fat begins to develop under the skin. Your little one can now make out distinct sounds, like voices and music. Mom, you may begin to notice stains on your shirt or that your breasts are leaking a creamy, yellowish substance called colostrum. This is the first stage of breast milk starting to develop.
Your baby’s as big as a Napa cabbage, about 16.69 inches long! Baby is beginning to breathe and lungs are continuing to mature but aren’t quite there yet. If you gave birth now, baby would need to be on a ventilator. Now is the time to choose a pediatrician for your newborn, if you haven’t already done so. Find a pediatrician near you.
Your baby’s as big as a large pineapple, about 17.2 inches long! The fine layer of body hair covering baby, called lanugo, is falling off, leaving hair only where it’s supposed to be – on baby’s head, eyebrows and eyelashes. Now is a good time to start thinking about what form of birth control, if any, you plan to use after your delivery – yes, it’s possible to get pregnant just a few weeks after your little one arrives!
Your baby’s the size of a cantaloupe, about 17.72 inches long! Baby’s bones are fully developed now, so don’t be surprised if you feel a few extra jabs and karate kicks inside your belly. Although you’ve still got several weeks to go before the big arrival, now is a great time to pack your hospital bag.
Your baby’s the size of a honeydew melon, about 18.19 inches long! By now, baby’s likely made the downward turn and is facing head down, called vertex. Your little one’s still plumping up with fat deposits under the skin to prepare for womb departure. Your OBGYN or midwife may send you for a Group B strep (GBS) test, to check for GBS bacteria. If you test positive, don’t panic – we’ll simply ask you to come to the hospital as soon as labor begins to get you started on antibiotics that protect baby.
Your baby’s the size of a canary melon, about 18.66 inches long! Baby is plumping up with more fat developing. Skin is becoming smoother and less wrinkly, getting primed for plenty of snuggles. By now, baby’s lungs are fully mature. Mom, your back may ache more and you may feel heaviness in your lower body as baby drops lower into your abdomen. We’ll see you every week to monitor your progress and teach you about signs of labor and when its time to go to the hospital.
Your baby’s as long as a bunch of Swiss chard, about 19.13 inches long! You’re in the home stretch and space in your belly is getting tighter – which means baby has less room to kick. You’ll feel more wiggles and stretches. We’ll continue to see you each week and will monitor your blood pressure to watch for preeclampsia, a high blood pressure caused by pregnancy.
Your baby’s as long as a stalk of rhubarb, about 19.61 inches long! Baby is still gaining weight (mainly fat to stay warm), but all organs should be fully functioning. Reflexes are working now too, and the brain is ready for life outside the womb. Your feet may swell more, which is a normal part of pregnancy. However, if you experience sudden or severe swelling in your hands, feet, ankles or face, call your care team, as this can be a sign of preeclampsia.
Your baby’s the size of a mini watermelon, about 19.96 inches long! You’re almost at the finish line, and baby’s grand entry could be any day now! Baby has dropped down into your pelvis, which may provide some relief. Your Braxton Hicks contractions may kick up a notch. Monitor your body, but don’t become obsessive. If contractions become more frequent and intense, it’s time to call your OBGYN or midwife.
Your baby’s as big as a watermelon, weighing between 6.5 to 8 lbs. and measuring about 20.16 inches long – full size! Although you’ll be meeting your bundle of joy any day now, babies like to set their own schedules. Try to rest and relax as best as you can. If you’re past your due date, talk to your care team about whether you’ll be induced for labor. Hang in there – you’re almost there!