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The baby continues to develop more and more body fat to prepare for life once he or she is born. He or she is almost 6.5 pounds, and has grown to 19 inches long. The skin is losing its wrinkly appearance, and is turning pink. If your baby hasn't already dropped into the head-down position for birth, there's a good chance that he or she will this week. Most babies are in the head down position, although some are in a breech (butt first) position. In this case, your physician can either manipulate the baby in your uterus, or perform a Caesarean section. Your baby is practicing breathing, so the lungs can function after birth.

By now, you've gained up to your full pregnancy weight 25 to 35 pounds. You probably won't gain much more in the last few weeks of pregnancy, as your baby is fully developed. The baby could grip your finger at this point, and can move limbs at will.

As your labor approaches, you might notice that your vaginal discharge becomes thicker, and this is a normal part of pregnancy. Before you have your baby, you will lose the mucous plug that is sealing your cervix. You could have your baby safely at any time now, and a lot of infants are born a few weeks before their due date. If you're carrying multiples, you're considered full term now, and your babies will probably arrive very soon.

You're appetite has probably lessened in the last month or so, and you may find eating a chore rather than enjoyable. Remember that your baby still needs nutrients in the womb, so focus on eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy and lean meat or fish up until your delivery date. If you have cravings at this point, however, there is no harm in giving in to a deep fried snack or sugary treat if you feel the urge.

Before you go into labor, you should have your hospital bag packed and ready to go, as well as the route to the hospital figured out. It can be confusing to arrive at the hospital, especially in the middle of the night, so make sure you know where the entrance to the emergency ward is so you can find it easily. Don't forget your camera, baby's first outfit, and the car seat for when your new addition comes home!


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