Well today is the big update on 36 weeks!!!! We are here, the 9th Month!! Wow time flies when you are pregnant, well most of the time flies when you are pregnant. I think if you ask any pregnant women when they are 36 weeks pregnant they would say to you "I'm ready to meet this baby already"
From here on out I go once a week to the my midwife. I am so glad that I found a practice that LOVE it is important to feel comfortable when you are pregnant with the care that you receive.
What is going on with baby H this week:
Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He/She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He/She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his/her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his/her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.
At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely he/she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly
I had a check-up this week and everything is going well. The baby is head down which is great news and they are estimating that the baby is going to be in the 8lbs range.
Have a great weekend!