Find out what's happening each day - week by week! We have links to articles, books, products, and even peer-to-peer anecdotes to help you through your entire pregnancy! The calendar features links to hundreds of articles, our fetal development section, fetal development pictures, what you'll need -- when you'll need it, peer advice, book suggestions and more!
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Planning on using cloth diapers? You can make your own, or contact a service.
Only 10 percent of women's water break, but if yours does, call your healthcare provider to prevent infection.
38 wks LMP (36 wks gestation)
Baby might begin to drop farther towards the cervix. You'll walk easier but have to urinate more often. Darn all that water...
Birthing rooms are a nice alternative to a regular hospital room. Ask if there is one available.
It's time to quit work if you can. Take these last couple of weeks to prepare for your birth.
Research baby-related products carefully before buying. Check out our Product Reviews area!
Baby may have a full head of hair now an inch or more long! Don't be surprised if it's an unexpected color. Some blond couples have dark haired babies; some dark haired couples have red-haired babies.
Finding it hard to wait for baby? Schedule some mommy treats while you wait. It'll give you goals and things to look forward to in the meantime.
39 wks LMP (37 wks gestation)
Personal Reflection: "I took breastfeeding, Lamaze and pain management classes -- it boosted my determination to give it a try, and I'm so glad I did."
The lanugo has mostly disappeared, but you'll probably find a bit on your baby's shoulders, arms and legs and in those protected little bodily creases. It will vanish completely on its own in time.
Only five percent of babies are born on their due date.
The weight of the original fertilized egg has increase six billion times! What a concept!
It's very common for first pregnancies to last longer. Some sources say a week past your due date is about average.
Labor starts and your contractions are real now, not the Braxton-hicks. They are more frequent and last longer.
40 wks LMP (38 wks gestation)
The umbilical cord is 20 inches long and will support the baby through birth until the lungs take over.
When your water breaks, you might experience a huge gush or just a small trickle.
Your doctor may decide to use a cervical gel, such as Prepidil Gel to help ripen or help soften, thin, and dilate your cervix and induce labor.
This could be the day! Not all babies are born on their due date! They can be very early, early, late, or really late.
Personal Reflection: "In my final pregnancy, I was torn between wanting to meet my baby and not wanting to give up being pregnant."
Be sure that you have your infant has a rear-facing carseat installed correctly in your car so that baby will be safe when you come home.
If you haven't already, contact La Leche for information on breastfeeding, or contact a local lactation consultant. They are a wonderful resource.
41 wks LMP (39 wks gestation)
Keep practicing your breathing techniques! You are going to need them soon!
Personal Reflection: "I was surprised in my 9th month when I got the 'fizzies,' it was Nathaniel peeing in utero!"
It might be necessary for a c-section to be performed if labor has not started by today. This usually is the case with hospital births.
Don't be alarmed if your post-mature baby has dry, cracked, peeling or wrinkled skin with long fingernails and hair!
Want a great breastfeeding resource? La Leche League (1-800-La-Leche) or click here.
42 wks LMP (40 wks gestation)