37 Weeks – Baby Swiss Chard

Your baby is as lofty as a stalk of Swiss chard and weighs 6 1/3 pounds. (Length: a bit over 19 inches, head to heel.)

Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don’t be surprised if your baby’s hair isn’t the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

How far along? 37 weeks 3 Days
Total weight gain/loss 36 pounds total. Yikes.
Maternity clothes? Most of my shirts are failing to cover my entire stomach.
Stretch marks? Still some along the hip-meets-belly line.
Sleep What’s that?
Best moment this week FULL TERM!!!!!!
Movement Less active the past two days, but she’s been more active today. This seems to be her little game. It’s called “Let’s Freak Out Mommy to the Point Where She Considers Calling the Doctor, and then Move Like Crazy”.
Food cravings Ice cream with chocolate chip cookies.
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs Occasional crampy feelings, but nothing regular or anything like contractions.
Belly Button in or out? Innie. I don’t think this turkey-timer’s gonna pop.
What I miss Sleeping comfortably.
What I am looking forward to meeting our baby.. It could be any day now!
Weekly Wisdom A woman from my chorus told me that when she had her 10 pound baby with no drugs, the key was to completely relax during her contractions and just detach herself from the pain.
Milestones FULL TERM!!!!!!!!!

I missed last week’s update. Whoops. I had a routine doctor’s appointment yesterday. Nothing spectacular or exciting; she checked Nellie’s heartbeat (which took a minute, Nellie decided to play Hide and Seek with the doppler). No cervical checks, but I think she’s going to next week. My blood pressure is slightly elevated. I usually have very good BP (120-125/75 or so) and yesterday it was 138/75. Yuck.