At 37 weeks baby has reached "full term." Which simply means he's developed his most crucial functions. Over the next three weeks he'll continue to get healthier and stronger while gaining at least 1-3 more pounds.
He's likely measuring between 19-21 inches long and weighs around 6.5-7lbs. From here on out he'll gain about 1/2 ounce each day. Surprisingly enough I actually lost a pound this past week though. Anxious to find out what he'll weigh. His sister was 6lbs 6oz and 19 inches long.
He's practicing skills like inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking.
I can't wait to see these skills demonstrated in the delivery room. :)
For fun, here's some facts about mom:
-I've gained 25 pounds this pregnancy
-My breasts started leaking at 36 weeks
-I was dilated a fingertip and soft at my 36.5 week appt.
-I've had no swelling this pregnancy
-I have no new stretch marks
-I was able to moderately exercise up until 34/35 weeks
-I've only gotten sick a handful of times vs. the first 4 months with Annalise
-I've craved spicy and sour foods this pregnancy
-I had a false labor episode last Sunday but nothing progressed
-I've only worn four maternity outfits this pregnancy
Like most women at this stage in their pregnancy I, too, wish to "be done." However, I know the importance of 'going the full 40.' Babies come when they're ready to come and while there are certainly things to help coax labor along, labor and recovery are much easier when it's not rushed.
So while I can't wait to kiss my sweet boy, I'm also trying to savor these last few weeks feeling his rolls and kicks from the inside.
20 days or less, family of four here we come!