Friday, September 10, 2010

36 weeks (a day early)

36 weeks: Baby is the size of a crenshaw melon

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks)!

Appointment update: We had our 36 week appointment yesterday. Met with the one midwife in the practice that we hadn't met yet. She seemed really nice and we got along with her pretty well. We had our Group B Strep test and we'll get the results at our appointment next week (we go weekly now)! I was sort of hoping for an internal exam to see if I was making any progress yet with dilation or effacement but that was a no-go. Maybe next time!

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