Your baby has grown to approximately 6.5-9.2 pounds this week putting your child at the size of winter melon! Your little one has officially reached full-term status. Should your baby arrive early, they are fully capable of being born without a hitch. Of course, baby will continue to grow, whether inside the womb or out.
Growing continues and your little one is continuing to pack on extra fat to keep warm. When you meet your sweet child you’ll see plenty of dimples and little fat rolls that show off just how much your child has grown.
As your baby anxiously awaits meeting you for the first time, their daily routine is to practice the skills they’ll need upon arrival. Breathing in and out, sucking on their tiny thumb, blinking their eyes, and rolling around in your belly are all practice for the big delivery day. Interestingly, your child’s head, shoulders, abdomen, and hips will all be the same size circumference at birth.
At this point in your pregnancy, you’re likely counting down the days until your baby’s big arrival. Sleep is probably becoming more and more elusive, but look at it as preparation for those mid-night feedings and changings. Anxiety about your baby’s arrival may be causing some intense dreams, which is perfectly normal.
At 37 weeks, you likely find yourself in the nesting stage. This natural instinct kicks in to prepare your home for baby’s arrival. It may mean putting the final stages on baby’s room or even tackling that cabinet reorganization project you’ve been meaning to get to. Embrace the chance to take care of household tasks now so you can enjoy time with your new baby later.
If you’re carrying a boy, you may find yourself feeling hungrier and eating more. Boys tend to weigh a bit more than girls at birth and that extra food they need means it’s a bit more cramped quarters for them, but they’ll appreciate the nutrients. You may not feel as many kicks with a boy, but you’ll likely feel plenty of other movement at these late stages of the pregnancy.
You should expect an increase in vaginal discharge as your body prepares for delivery. If you experience a “bloody show,” which is discharge tinged with a small amount of blood, you can expect your baby to arrive within a few days, if not sooner.
Nine Months From Now...
At nine months old, your little one is likely a master crawler. Baby-proofing is a must so if you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to invest in outlet covers and baby gates. Your child will love investigating and discovering to soak up as much knowledge as possible.
Communication skills are developing and your child may even say some simple words like “dada” or “mama.” Your child will love to make noises and will even do them just to see you smile. Your baby is getting smarter by the minute. If you ask them for the ball, they may hand it to you and your child will be drawn to learning more and more.
Separation anxiety becomes more difficult these days. Leaving the room or turning off the lights may cause your child to cry out. Visits from strangers or generally people they don’t see often may cause a bit of anxiety, but exposure to new people will help your child adjust. The same anxiety may occur when you take away something your child wants. The good news is babies at this age are easily distracted so the fit will be short lived.
Encourage your child to learn and explore in a safe way and don’t be afraid to say “no” to help your child learn boundaries. Introduce new textures and experiences. Hold your child by the hands and guide them around the room for a short walk. Your baby will be thrilled to enjoy these new experiences.
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