Baby: Your baby is about 21 inches from head to toe and weighs about 6.8 pounds [She’s right where she should be– at her 37 week ultrasound detailed measurements revealed she was 6.5lbs]. Most of the baby’s downy hair, lanugo, and whitish coating, vernix, is disappearing. Your baby is getting its antibodies from you to protect against illness [Adam’s as healthy as a horse so hopefully his sister will follow suit]. Baby’s growth is slowing, but fat cells under skin get plumper for life outside the womb. Almost ready for birth, your baby would do well if born now [And she’ll be even better if she’s born in two weeks as scheduled].
Mom-to-be: You’re probably not getting any bigger [let’s hear it for a colossal nine pound gain during this pregnancy], but you may be feeling more uncomfortable. Make sure you have a bag packed [I still need to do that]. It won’t be long now — 95% of all babies are born within two weeks of their mother’s due date [For the longest time I was so worried about preterm labor. Now I know that’s absolutely not an issue so I look forward to my scheduled C-section on February 21st!].
Tip of the Week: Consider whether you’ll circumcise your baby if it’s a boy. Circumcision isn’t as much a medical issue as a cultural or religious one.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,