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Pregnancy Calendar – Week Thirty-Seven

Measuring nineteen to twenty inches long and weighing over six pounds, your baby is still swallowing the amniotic fluid, which gives the digestive system practice. Meconium is continuing to be deposited into the baby’s large intestines, and this sticky black substance will become the baby’s first bowel movement. The baby will continue to grow and gain weight until birth. Babies’ nails sometimes grow long enough to scratch themselves in utero.

From what you have seen and heard about labor, you may be anticipating your water breaking in a flood all over everything. Most of the time however, it does not happen this way. When your water breaks, you may notice a flow or just trickle of fluid from your vagina. Your water usually breaks when you are already well into labor—you may never even notice it. You should call your doctor if your water breaks before you go to the hospital, and make sure not to put anything in your vagina after your water has broken (it can cause infection).

You may be weighing your options about pain relief. Perhaps you are having second thoughts about using an epidural? Remember, this is your birth, and it is okay to change your mind. It may be time to revisit your options. (For help, see: “Pain Relief for Child-Birth.”)

A Mom’s Suggestion: If you have already designed a birth announcement, you will just need to fill in the birth information and include a picture if you want. You can also make a list of who gets a birth announcement, and you can even address the envelopes ahead of time. Another option that more parents are using is an e-mail announcement or keeping a personal Web site to direct family members to. This may be a fun task for baby’s father, too.

Eating for Two: Breakfast

Kay’s Hearty Oatmeal

  • 1 cup oats (old-fashioned or quick-cooking)
  • 1 cup low-fat milk or soymilk
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, blueberries, banana, and/or kiwi
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or almonds

Directions

1. The night before, stir first four ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and leave in refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. You can eat it cold, or warm it in the microwave for one minute. Serves two.

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