With only six weeks until my due date, I am a bit perplexed in my feelings. While I am exhausted and in lots of pelvic pain pretty much constantly, I kinda wish her due date was later so I can get a little more time in at work before my leave. I am excited to meet her and start taking care of her. I'm curious as to how Gracie will deal with her presence-and the cat! There's so much to think about, I'm a little overwhelmed and feeling pretty lazy by the time I get home from work.
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which she'll need to regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.