Ahad, Disember 28, 2008

38 weeks pregnant


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38 weeks pregnant

38 weeks pregnant

You are now 38 weeks pregnant (or in your 39th week if that's how you prefer to count it).

How your baby's growing

Your baby is now ready to greet the world. At this point, the average full-term newborn is still building a layer of fat to help control body temperature after birth. Most babies are between 2.7 and 4.3kg/6 and 9 1/2lb at birth and boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls. All your baby's organs are developed and in place though his lungs will be the last to reach full maturity. Read more information on your baby's development this week.

How your life's changing

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You may be feeling huge and uncomfortable during these final weeks. Try to take it easy - this may be your last opportunity to do so for quite a while. See a film, read a book that has nothing to do with pregnancy or babies, have your hair or nails done, or just spend time with your partner. Neither of you will have much time for cooking in the few weeks after your baby's born, but you could prepare some home-made frozen meals to enjoy when you need them. What else can you do? Make sure the car's filled up with petrol, and read our fun baby star signs.

Your partner should try to relax, too, and enjoy some activities there won't be time for after the baby arrives. Suggest some inspirational reading - he may need it when you go into labour. Is he worried about how he'll cope with a new baby in the house? Read our new dad's survival guidefive myths of fatherhood.

Be prepared

This is a good time to have an in-depth conversation with your doctor or midwife about pain relief in labour. On the practical front, make sure you know where to park and which entrance to use to get to the labour ward quickly and ask about what happens when you arrive at the hospital, if you don't already know. Make sure you take plenty of change with you for vending machines and telephone calls (mobile phones usually have to be switched off in hospitals because they can interfere with medical equipment). If you have other children, make back up plans for childcare when labour begins.

If you're planning to use a birthing pool, remind yourself of how to use it, including pain relief you can use while in the water. Check whether local hospital protocols will restrict how you can use the pool - just for pain relief or for giving birth as well? If you find that you will not be able to use a birthing pool after all, consider other natural methods of pain relief as an alternative.

Pregnancy tip: hospital survival kit

"Pack a cool bag with your husband's favourite foods and snacks to take to hospital - he should be responsible for this. Bring a video camera if you like (and if your hospital allows), a camera, extra batteries and film (or digital camera), presents for siblings from the baby, massage oil, a radio, your address book and something 'fun' to read to pass the time during a long labour." - Anonymous


Community

Why not visit our community for first-hand accounts of recent births? Everyone's experience is different - you'll read what it's really like to have a natural birth, emergency section or instrumental delivery here. It'll help you prepare for any eventuality.

Things to consider

Are you ready to feed your baby? Follow our tips on starting breastfeeding and make sure you've got everything you need if you're planning to bottle feed.

At one minute and five minutes after the birth, your newborn's health will be scored according to the Apgar scale - find out what this means. Read more about the other tests and checks your newborn baby will have.

Tired but you just can't sleep? How to cope with pregnancy insomnia.

How to get your body back after the birth. Follow our guidelines for safe postnatal exercise.

Which infections can be dangerous for your baby at this stage of pregnancy?

It's very common to get engorged breasts a few days after the birth, whether you're breastfeeding or bottle feeding - read our tips on how to cope.

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Read some of our BabyCentre mums' birth stories to help you prepare for when the time comes.

Sabtu, Disember 27, 2008

dah dekat dah

miggu ni dah mula sakit-sakit dah...nampak gayanya mau cpt bersalin ni tapi tak taula..paling ketara sakit bila aku dah dah tak boleh nak berjalan and kaki dah sembab sebelah.Sblm ni tak pernah alami semua tu.Ingatkan mengandung ni sakit2 yang bese kita dgr tu rupenye seribu macam sakit ade yang kene tanggunga..apapun alhamdulillah.Allah ta'ala nak uji. tul tak?

Doktor kata aku tak leh nak jalan sbb tulang pelvic dah sakit n kepala baby menekan tulang tu.Bukan masalah serius sgt.Tapi susah nak berjalan sbb sakit tuuu..

nanti la sambung lagi crita yek?

Khamis, Disember 25, 2008

TANDA-TANDA BERSALIN


  • Ditulis oleh Dr. Raja Juhaidah Raja Abdullah

TANDA-TANDA BERSALIN

Sekarang anda sudah hamil dan anda mungkin sudah bersedia untuk mengadapi hari kelahiran bayi anda. Proses kelahiran boleh memberikan keriangan dan juga ketakutan bagi mereka yang hamil. Anda rasa tidak sabar untuk melihat bayi anda dan dalam masa yang sama merasa takut terhadap kesakitan dan komplikasi yang mungkin berlaku semasa proses bersalin.
Ramai wanita merasa bimbang yang mungkin mereka tidak dapat mengenali tanda-tanda hendak bersalin sekiranya ia terjadi. Adalah penting untuk anda mempelajari tanda tanda awal bersalin supaya anda boleh membuat persediaan yang optimal untuk mengahdapi kelahiran.

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BERSEDIA UNTUK KELAHIRAN

Sebelum kandungan anda semakin berusia, adalah cukup bagus untuk anda mengetahui peringkat-peringkat kelahiran. Sekiranya anda ingin melahirkan dihospital, cuba buat ‘tour’ disekitar bilik bersalin anda.
Ini adalah tip mudah untuk anda menyiapkan diri untuk kelahiran anda:
• menghadiri kelas antenatal
• Berbincang dengan kawan yang pernah melahirkan
• Tonton video kelahiran
• Amalkan pernafasan and relaksasi.
Tanda bersalin sebenar Vs Tanda bersalin tidak benar
Sekiranya anda merasa keliru yang mana satu tanda kelahiran benar atau tidak, anda bukannya berseorangan. Memang ramai yang tidak begitu pasti tentang tanda awal bersalin. Ramai yang mengadu mengalami tanda seperti mahu bersalin tetapi tidak tahu samada masa sudah benar-benar tiba atau cuma mengalami masalah sakit perut biasa sahaja. Sekiranya merasa ragu, jumpa saja dengan doktor, tak perlu rasa malu sekiranya ia terbukti bukan masanya lagi. Yang penting, jangan tidak mengendahkan tanda-tanda tersebut.

KONTRAKSI RAHIM

Kontraksi adalah tanda awal dan isyarat yang paling penting yang menunjukkan anda sudah sampai masa untuk bersalin. sekiranya kontraksi sudah ada, cuba perhatikan masa, tempoh dan berapa minit jarak diantaranya. Kontraksi yang sebenar berlaku secara teratur dan pada jarak yang konsisten. sekiranya ia berlaku setiap 5 min secara teratur dan semakin kerap, pergilah berjumpa dengan doktor untuk mendapat kepastian.
Kontraksi biasa atau Braxton Hicks contraction agak berbeza, ia kurang menyakitkan dan tidak teratur dan akan hilang dengan sendirinya tidak lama kemudiannya.

Sakit Belakang

Sakit belakang sering menjadi masalah utama wanita hamil, tetapi ia juga mungkin satu tanda kelahiran. Sakit ini akan semakin kerap dan kuat dan rasa lebih teruk pada bahagian bawah belakang.

Pecah ketuban

Dalam cerita drama atau filem,wanita selalunya sedar yang mereka bakal melahirkan apabila ketuban mereka pecah. Tapi ia bukan realiti sebenar. Kebanyakkan wanita langsung tidak mengalami pecah ketuban sehinggalah disaat-saat akhir proses bersalin. Yang kerapnya, doktor yang akan memecahkan ketuban anda untuk mempercepatkan proses bersalin.
Pecah ketuban berlaku pada segelintir wanita hamil sahaja dan sekiranya anda mensyakki yang ketuban sudah pecah, jumpalah dengan doktor dengan segera.

Bloody Show

Disaat awal anda bakal melahirkan, selalunya terdapat lendir pekat bercampur darah keluar dari faraj. Ini adalah pluk mukus yang menghadang sebarang kemasukkan asing kedalam cerviks. Ia juga menghalang sebarang kuman dari merebak kepada bayi. sekarang pluk ini sudah tiada dan bayi sudah boleh bergerak kebawah dengan perlahan-lahan.

Serviks terbuka

Sebaik sahaja kontraksi berlaku, pangkal rahim anda akan menjadi lebih lembut dan lebih nipis. Walaubagaimanapun, cuma doktor sahaja yang boleh mengetahui perubahan ini semsa pemeriksaan faraj.



http://www.alamhamil.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=107&Itemid=118

Isnin, Disember 15, 2008

Semalam yang memenatkan..

Semalam masuk hari ke-2 suami aku berulang alik ke dari PD ke Melaka untuk uruskan motor yang bakal dijual.kul 6 pagi dia dah bertolak ke Melaka.Then dah settlekan semua tu kul 1030 am dia bertolak ke Seremban.Sepatutnya suami aku meneruskan perjalanan ke KL sebab nak amik motor satu lagi kat KL.Tapi tetiba plak kene panggil main golf sesama dgn pengarah n panglima.ermm..apa nak dikata?

Pastu lambat plak tu tiba ke Seremban.Cam jauh beno je Melaka - Seremban.Kul 2 dah dijadualkan permainan.Aku kat umah ni siapkan la semua barang yang diperlukan.Kasut(sib baik aku dah basuh kasut tu), stokin, tuala muka air set golf, trolley, baju n slur(siap iron lagi tu)..semua tu ltk kat kereta dan adik ipar aku pergilah jemput abang dia kat Seremban.

Aku pulak kat umah agak kelam kabut nak uruskan rumah, dan pada masa yg sama nak masak untuk tengahari.Bese la kalao main golf mana cukup sejam dua.Kul 730 tu dia balik.Budak-budak ni aku dah siapkan.dah pesan kat diorang pakai baju siap-siap supaya tak kelam kabut.

dlm kul 8 pergi giant kat senawang plak.Masani la aku dah tak laraaaaaaaaaaaaaaat sgt.tapi aku diamkan aje..Nanti kaao bgtau suami aku mau bising dia.mesti dia tak bagi aku jalannye lah..

aku tak tunjukkan sgt yang aku tak larat.Tapi mmg aku jln slow jela.trasa beraaaaaaaaat prut aku ni.Masatu aku terpikir plak.Kalo tetiba kau nka bersalin waktu tu..dah la beg baby n baeg aku yg dah siap packing tu ade kat umah..mmg rasa cam tak larat dah.

Jalan punya pasal..then aku bawak adik2 n anak aku g fun fair.Pasalnya puteri sulung aku tu dari bebrapa minggu lepas dah bising2 nak g funfair.Bawak la jugak kesana.

Dekat kul 12 tgh malam baru sampai umah.

Sampai umah aku pun dah tak larta sgt .Barang shopping tadi aku suruh adik aku settlekan.Masuk tido awal harini.

Pagi ni kul 5 suami aku balik KL dgn adik dia naik kereta.pastu adik ipar aku tu patah balik ke KL kul 9 tadi baru sampai umah.

Fuhh..penat aku ingatkan balik smua bende2 tu...
memang penat..tambah aku yang kene pikirkan semua tu.Takan aku nak wat tak tau je kan?

penat..penat.ekarang aku nak tido nak rehat jap bagi segar skit badan.Then baru aku bangun nak masak tengahri.

Ahad, Disember 14, 2008

Pregnancy symptoms you should never ignore

Pregnancy symptoms you should never ignore


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You just "don't feel right"
Severe or sharp upper- to mid-abdominal pain, with or without nausea or vomiting
Fever
Vision disturbances, such as double vision, blurring, dimming, flashing spots or lights that last for more than two hours
Swelling or puffiness (also called oedema) of the hands, face and eyes
Severe headache that lasts for more than two or three hours
Light or heavy vaginal bleeding
Leaking fluid from the vagina
A sudden increase in thirst accompanied by little or no urination
Painful or burning urination accompanied by a temperature, shivering and backache
Severe vomiting: more than two to three times a day in the first trimester, onset of vomiting later in pregnancy, or vomiting accompanied by pain and/or a temperature
Fainting or dizziness
Severe lower abdominal pain on either or both sides
Absence of, or slowing down of your baby's movements for more than 24 hours after 21 weeks
All-over itching late in pregnancy with or without jaundice, dark urine and pale stools
You've had a fall or a blow to the stomach


No matter how much you read about pregnancy or talk to other mums, it can be hard to know whether what you're feeling during your nine months is normal or not. Here's a rundown of symptoms that should set off your warning bells. If you have any of these problems, call your midwife or GP straight away.
You just "don't feel right"


If you're not sure about a symptom, don't feel like yourself, or simply feel uneasy, trust your judgement and call your doctor or midwife. If there's a problem, you'll get help right away. If nothing's wrong, you'll go home reassured.

Your GP expects to get calls like these, and should be happy to give you advice. Your body is changing so rapidly that it's sometimes difficult to know whether what you're experiencing is "normal".
Severe or sharp upper- to mid-abdominal pain, with or without nausea or vomiting

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This symptom could indicate severe indigestion, a stomach bug, food poisoning, or pre-eclampsia - a serious condition that requires immediate attention.

Fever


If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees C / 100 degrees F, but with no flu or cold symptoms, call your doctor on the same day.

If it's more than 39 degrees C / 102 degrees F, then call the doctor straight away. You probably have an infection. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and rest. If your temperature rises higher than 39 degrees C / 102 degrees F for a prolonged amount of time it could be harmful to your baby.
Vision disturbances, such as double vision, blurring, dimming, flashing spots or lights that last for more than two hours


These symptoms can be a sign of pre-eclampsia.
Swelling or puffiness (also called oedema) of the hands, face and eyes


About four out of five women get some swelling or puffiness in pregnancy, and in most cases it is not a cause for concern. But, if these symptoms are severe or sudden, and accompanied by a headache or problems with your vision, they may be symptoms of pre-eclampsia.
Severe headache that lasts for more than two or three hours


If you also suffer from vision disturbances and have sudden swelling in your hands, eyes and face, you may have pre-eclampsia.
Light or heavy vaginal bleeding


Spotting without pain may be a normal sign of implantation, when the embryo attaches itself to the uterus early in the pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. But you should still call your doctor if you bleed during pregnancy because it could indicate a serious complication:

• Bleeding that is different from your normal period (heavier or lighter and often darker) with severe, persistent, one-sided pain in the abdomen can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy.

• Heavy bleeding, especially when it's combined with persistent back or abdominal pain, can be associated with a potential or actual miscarriage.

• In the later stages of pregnancy, bleeding may indicate placenta praevia, placental abruption, which happens when the placenta starts to separate from the wall of the uterus, or premature labour (labour that begins before 37 weeks).
Leaking fluid from the vagina


• Leaking of fluid from the vagina before 37 weeks means that your membranes have ruptured prematurely. Your GP or midwife will want you to be admitted to hospital, so that you can have treatment to prevent an infection and to prepare your baby for possible premature birth. After 37 weeks, you are probably about to go into labour. Call your midwife or labour ward to discuss your options if your labour does not start within 24 hours.
A sudden increase in thirst accompanied by little or no urination


This could be a sign of dehydration or gestational diabetes, which increases the risk of complications for you and your baby.
Painful or burning urination accompanied by a temperature, shivering and backache


You may have a urinary tract infection, which should be treated with antibiotics.
Severe vomiting: more than two to three times a day in the first trimester, onset of vomiting later in pregnancy, or vomiting accompanied by pain and/or a temperature


Vomiting more than a couple of times a day could dehydrate and weaken you, although it won't hurt your baby. You need to speak to your midwife or GP about severe and persistent vomiting (hyperemesis gravidum) as you may need to be admitted to hospital.

Vomiting which starts later in pregnancy, accompanied by pain just below the ribs, may be a sign of pre-eclampsia. Vomiting accompanied by pain and a temperature could indicate an infection - contact your doctor.
Fainting or dizziness


This may be a sign that you haven't eaten enough that day, but it could also mean that you have low blood pressure. Many women feel light-headed during pregnancy. In the event of fainting, talk to your doctor to rule out any other causes.
Severe lower abdominal pain on either or both sides


You could have pulled a ligament, or it may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, premature labour, a fibroid degenerating and bleeding into itself or placental abruption.
Absence of, or slowing down of your baby's movements for more than 24 hours after 21 weeks


Your baby may be in distress. If you have noticed that your baby is moving about less than usual, contact your midwife or the hospital. (Read more about your baby's movements, including when to seek help).
All-over itching late in pregnancy with or without jaundice, dark urine and pale stools


These symptoms may indicate hepatitis or another liver-based problem, such as obstetric cholestasis. Some itching is normal as your skin stretches to accommodate your growing baby, but it's best to have it checked out, particularly if the itching is very intense, worse at night and involves the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands.
You've had a fall or a blow to the stomach


Falls aren't always dangerous, but call your doctor or midwife on the same day and explain what happened. If you slipped on the stairs and bruised your tailbone, you probably don't need to worry; your baby is well cushioned by the uterus and amniotic fluid.

In rare cases though, complications may arise. If you notice contractions, leaking fluid, or any bleeding, call your doctor or midwife right away, or head to your nearest casualty department.

Want to talk with others about pregnancy symptoms? Visit our community.

Reviewed January 2008

What do I do if my waters break early?

What do I do if my waters break early?
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Sally Sago answers:


During pregnancy your baby is protected and cushioned inside your womb in a bag of membranes full of fluid (amniotic liquor). If a tear forms in the bag then the fluid leaks out via the cervix and vagina. This is commonly known as your "waters breaking". For the majority of women this happens towards the end of the first stage of labour. For some women, the waters will break at the end of pregnancy but before labour starts. For a few women, the waters break before 37 weeks' gestation. This is known as pre-term rupture of membranes (PROM).

If your waters do break before you go into labour, don't panic! Put on a sanitary towel for protection - this will also make it easier to see the colour of the fluid you are losing. The amount of fluid you lose may vary. It may be a slight trickle or a large "gush". The fluid is almost clear with a yellow tinge, and possibly a little bloodstained to begin with. It can be quite a shock if the waters do come out in a big gush - by the end of pregnancy, there can be about 800ml of fluid.

If there is a lot of fluid, a sanitary pad will not be adequate and an old hand towel - while undignified - is more practical, especially if you need to travel by car to hospital or the birth centre. You may also wish to protect the car seat with a plastic sheet. If it is a small trickle every now and again, it is important to make sure it is not leakage of urine, which can also happen in late pregnancy (in my experience most women do know the difference!).

It is important that, regardless of how many weeks pregnant you are when your waters break, you should be seen fairly quickly for assessment (even if you are not having contractions). Once the waters have broken, there is less protection against getting an infection, which can sometimes track upwards from the vagina into the womb. Some hospitals will admit you to the delivery ward, while others may see you in the antenatal clinic or antenatal assessment unit. If you are planning a home birth, ring your midwife and she will probably come to your house to assess you there.

Once you have been examined, provided you are at least 37 weeks pregnant, you can usually choose to be induced or to wait and see if you go into labour. About nine out of ten women, who are at least 37 weeks pregnant, give birth naturally within 24-48 hours of their waters breaking.

If all is well with you and your baby, you should be free to go home if you wish. However, as a 'wait and see' approach carries a slight risk of infection you will need to:

• Check your temperature twice a day

• Check for changes in the colour and smell of the amniotic fluid (waters)

• Check for other signs of fever (shivering, flushing etc)

If you have any signs of infection, your doctor will recommend an immediate induction. If you have no signs, but your waters have been broken for more than 48 hours, the infection risk needs serious consideration and your doctor will discuss with you whether you want to have your labour induced or continue to wait.

Reviewed February 2005

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How do I know when I am in labour?

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How do I know when I am in labour?
When should I call my doctor or midwife?
What should I do early on in labour?
Can I have contractions and not be in labour?
Can I tell if labour is about to happen soon?


How do I know when I am in labour?


Labour is different for every woman, and pinpointing when it begins is not really possible. It's more of a process than a single event, when a number of physiological changes in your body work together to help deliver a baby. If you're truly in labour, one or more of the following five things will happen:

• Your cervix will become progressively thinner and softer (also called effacement) and dilated - up to 10 centimetres.

• Contractions occur at regular and increasingly shorter intervals and become longer and stronger in intensity.

• You may have persistent lower back pain, often accompanied by a crampy premenstrual feeling.

• You may notice the appearance of a bloody show (a brownish or blood-tinged mucus discharge). If you pass the mucus plug that blocks the cervix, labour could be imminent - or it could be several days away. Still, it's a sign that things are moving along.

• Your waters break, but only if it's accompanied by contractions.
When should I call my doctor or midwife?

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You, your doctor and midwife have probably talked about what to do when you think you're in labour. But if you think the time has come, don't be embarrassed to call. Doctors and midwives are used to getting calls from women who are uncertain if they're in labour and who need guidance - it's part of their job. And the truth is that your doctor or midwife can tell a lot by the tone and tenor of your voice, so verbal communication helps. Your provider will want to know how close together your contractions are, whether you can talk through a contraction, and any other symptoms you may have.

If your bag of waters break, or if you suspect you're leaking amniotic fluid, speak to your doctor or midwife. You should also let her know if your baby is moving less or whether you have any vaginal bleeding (unless it's just a small amount of blood-tinged mucus), fever, severe headaches, changes in your vision, or abdominal pain. BabyCentre has a list of other pregnancy symptoms you shouldn't ignore, in case anything else is worrying you.

What should I do early on in labour?


During early labour, it's very important to drink plenty of fluids. Alternate between walking and resting, or try taking a warm bath or shower to ease any aches and pains. And if you can, try to get some rest to prepare you for the work ahead.
Can I have contractions and not be in labour?


Yes. You're in false labour if your cervix doesn't dilate (your doctor or midwife can confirm this during an examination), contractions are erratic and don't feel increasingly intense, and any pain you may feel in your abdomen or back is easily relieved by a warm bath or massage.
One mother we know had strong contractions for three days before she was officially in labour. The contractions, though painful, were completely irregular and unpredictable, coming at five minutes, then seven, then eight, then five, and eventually at eight minutes. When her water finally broke, she cried with relief, hoping she was finally entering real labour. She was.
Can I tell if labour is about to happen soon?


Maybe. Although you're probably blissfully unaware of all that's going on, your body starts preparing for labour up to a month before delivery. By the time true labour begins, for some women, the cervix has already started to dilate and thin.

Other signs of labour include:

• Lightening (when the baby's head begins to drop into position in your pelvis)

• An increase in vaginal discharge

• The appearance of bloody show (a brownish or blood-tinged mucus discharge)

• More frequent and noticeably more intense Braxton Hicks contractions

What will a birth partner need to do during the labour?

Primarily, be there for you -- encouraging, reassuring and assisting you in any way you find comforting and useful. You can practise some of the ways your partner can help -- massaging your lower back, for example, and sorting out the TENS machine -- but you both need to keep an open mind, because you won't really know what you want until the day. It's important that you feel very comfortable about communicating with your birth partner -- you may need to be very short and to the point about what you need!

A useful role for a labour partner is that of prompter -- for example, you may forget about how important it can be to keep moving around in labour and your partner may be able to remind you at the appropriate time. If a medical intervention is suggested, your partner should ensure that you are as aware as possible about what is going on and seek clarification from health professionals if necessary. He may also be able to ask for time for you to think about what's being suggested, unless it's an emergency.
What should a birth partner not do?


Flexibility is essential during labour and birth and it's essential that your partner is as aware of this as you are. It's important for your partner to remember that things can change quickly and that you may have to change your mind or make a new decision about some aspect of your care or treatment. So it's important that your partner doesn't cling to something you may have said before the event, not realising that your views have now changed. He must be aware that you have the final word; although he might want to help you in making a decision, or in communicating that decision to your care-givers, your views are what count.

dah cukup bulan..


Fetal development - 36 weeks pregnant




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Your baby is still gaining weight -- about an ounce/ 28 grams a day. She weighs nearly 6 pounds/ 2.7 kilograms and is 19 inches/ 45 centimetres long from head to toe.

You may begin to feel an increased pressure in your lower abdomen and notice that your baby is gradually dropping. This is called lightening or engagement, and your lungs and stomach will finally get a chance to stretch out a little -- breathing and eating should become easier. However, walking may become increasingly uncomfortable -- some women say it feels as if the baby is going to fall out. Also, you may still feel as if you need to go to the loo all the time. Stock up on those last minute nutrients with our eating well guide.
Information you need, just when you need it



The good news is that by the end of this week, your pregnancy will be full-term and you could give birth any day now. (Babies between 37 and 42 weeks are considered full-term -- a baby born before 37 weeks is premature and after 42 is post-term.) At your weekly visit, your doctor or midwife may check to see if you've started dilating (when the cervix opens) and effacing (when the cervix thins). The midwife will also check what position the baby is in, in order to estimate how far the baby has dropped into the pelvis. This information will be entered into your maternity notes so that your midwife in will know the position of the baby when you go into labour.

• Note: Experts say every baby develops differently -- even in utero. These fetal development pages are designed to give a general idea of how a fetus grows in the womb.

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