This week your baby is about the size of a coconut! At around 19-20 inches long, your sweet baby has pretty much reached the full birth height. Your little one will certainly pack on a few more pounds though and currently weighs around 5.5 pounds. The pounds will keep on coming; likely at the rate of around one half pound per week. Right now your baby is packing on the fat before delivery. Your little one is at about 15 percent right now but will reach around 30 percent by the time baby is ready for the world.
Baby’s body isn’t the only thing growing these days. Brainpower is developing rapidly these days. That growing mind is pretty heavy and is oh-so-conveniently positioned right on top of your bladder!
Your little one has fully developed kidneys and a functioning liver. Your child’s intestines are starting to store meconium, a sticky tar-like substance that will fill the first diaper. That first poo is made up of some of that amniotic fluid baby has been swallowing, along with lanugo, mucus, water, bile, and intestinal cells. It may seem a bit gross but it’s certainly not the last icky diaper you’ll be changing soon.
Baby might still be growing but you’re about as big as you’re going to get. At this point your uterus is 1000 times larger than when it started and you’re probably ready for it to go back to that size. Your uterus will be shrinking back to size in no time.
While baby has been busy working on that meconium, your body is busy making colostrum. The clear to deep golden fluid has been building in your body since the third or forth month of pregnancy and you may have even seen a leak here or there. This potent and powerful milk is the first milk your baby will drink, if you choose to breastfeed. Colostrum is sometimes referred to as “high octane” milk because it packs a punch with a powerful dose of antibodies and immunoglobulins. It’s pretty much the first vaccine your baby will get and it’ll help your little one expel that lovely meconium.
Since baby’s growing brain is positioned on your bladder, the term “frequent urination” may seem like an understatement. Not only is it frequent, but it’ll come on rather urgently as well. Don’t delay or the slightest cough, sneeze, or chuckle could result in some leakage. It’s pretty common. Be sure to empty your bladder completely by leaning forward when you urinate, practice your Kegel exercises, and wear a panty liner if you feel the need. Whatever you do, don’t cut back on your fluid intake. You and baby both need the hydration.
It’s very likely you have plenty left to do before your big day, but don’t fret. Make lists of what is left to accomplish and prioritize. There’s a chance you won’t finish it all before baby arrives, but those things will be the last thing on your mind once your sweet child is in your arms.
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