© The Anatomical Travelogue
Your baby weighs approximately five pounds and her full length is about 18 inches. She continues to put on fat, which will keep her warm and help her regulate her body temperature when she's born.
This last month of pregnancy is a dress rehearsal for the big event. You'll lose your mucous plug, a protective barrier that's been present in your cervix throughout the pregnancy, and your cervix will soften and maybe even dilate. Although both are signs that early labor is under way, don't rush off to the hospital or birthing center just yet -- you may be weeks away from the actual birth.
Do's and Don'ts
Before you dive into a prebaby cleaning frenzy, read the labels on all chemicals and cleansers to make sure they're safe. Wear rubber gloves when handling liquid cleansers, and work in a well-ventilated room to reduce exposure to fumes. Better yet, ask your partner to provide the brawn while you direct.
If varicose veins are running up and down your legs, seek some support -- support hose, that is. It also helps to avoid crossing your legs and standing up for too long.
Mom to Mom
"Bring along plenty of your favorite brand of sanitary pad: The hospital pads can be expensive and uncomfortable."--Theresa Campbell, Goodlettsville, TN