At each of your now-weekly visits, your caregiver will do an abdominal exam to check your baby's growth and position. But even armed with this information, there's still no way for your caregiver to predict exactly when your baby is coming. If you go past your due date, your caregiver will schedule you for fetal testing (usually a sonogram) after 40 weeks to ensure that it's safe to continue the pregnancy. If you don't go into labor on your own, most practitioners will induce labor when you're between one and two weeks overdue — or sooner if there's an indication that the risk of waiting is greater than the risks of delivering your baby without further delay.
Baby is the size of a watermelon!
Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath. Baby's brain is still developing rapidly, and his skin has taken on a paler shade thanks to a thicker layer of fat around the blood vessels. (Don't worry; he'll change color again soon after birth.) He's now able to flex his limbs, and his nails might extend past his fingertips.
Micah and I are getting more and more excited even as the days pass by and D-Day gets closer and closer.. whew! We have just about everything ready except for the elusive travel yard bassinet sheet. Every store that we've gone to has been out.. maybe we'll have better luck this weekend. Meanwhile, my hospital bag is packed except for the items I'll be using between now and then, and I'm going ahead and stocking up on groceries and paying the bills that will be due during those first few days. Granted, being in labor and having a baby is a good excuse if I ever heard one, but that's one hassle I'd rather not have to deal with. I'd like to conserve my energy for more important matters.. like changing into something OTHER than pajamas!
Mom gets here on Wednesday! Exciting!