Your Baby This Week
Well over 5 pounds (2.5 kg) and more than 20 inches (51 cm) long, your baby is continuing to grow at a rapid pace.
If you were to give birth this week, your baby would probably need the warmth of an incubator to survive. That's because he still doesn't have enough fat cells to keep his body warm. But he will have the warmth of your tummy for just a little while longer!
Your Body This Week
As the anticipation builds, you're beginning to feel more like a "mother" every day. If you haven't already picked out a name, start narrowing down the list now! As the time draws near, your anxiety may build and you might find yourself experiencing the mood swings of early pregnancy. You probably feel frustrated as your size keeps you from your normal routines and makes sleeping more difficult. It's also normal to worry about your baby's health, the anticipated pain of labor, and potential problems with delivery. If these things are bothering you, talk to your health care provider, along with your mother, sisters or girlfriends. You'll soon discover that everyone had the same fears and got through it.
Your Personal Hospital Stash
Sometime in the next several weeks, you'll be introduced to the wonders of hospital food. Makes your mouth drool just thinking about it, right? As you pack your "emergency bags," don't forget to pack some snacks as well. It'll make your stay a little more pleasant and give your visitors something to munch on while they're waiting their turns to hold the baby. Read to for more tips on portable snacking.
Preparing to Meet Your Baby
This could be the most important trip you ever take. The difference between this trip and others is that you're encouraged to bring along many comforts of home. Bring along whatever you need to relax, bond with your baby and begin your recovery. Don't forget a book or magazine, important phone numbers, some music and maybe even some massage oil. And, of course, a squeeze ball to help take care of any stress. It's probably a good time now to make plans for other family and work responsibilities as well. Here are more ideas on what to take to the hospital.