Most of baby's bones will now harden, except for their skull. This is to help ease exit through the birth canal
Your own body will also react to help ease the birth. A hormone called relaxin will help you joints and ligaments to soften slightly which will make it easier for baby to move out of the pelvis.
Your little one is getting bigger, gaining about half a pound per week
Once your little one arrives, breastfeeding is the best way of nourishing them. Your breastmilk will be uniquely tailored for your baby and will change composition a number of times once your baby arrives.
Breathe easy! Your baby will soon drop lower into your pelvis, relieving some of the pressure from under your ribs
You may find as they get bigger that you have a little trouble breathing. This is because your internal organs have moved up in response to your growing uterus which can put some pressure on your lungs. As baby drops in the next couple of weeks this should ease up.
Baby would now be considered full term if they were born this week
You are getting closer and closer to meeting the little person who has been growing and developing inside you each day. Try to be patient - you're almost at the beginning of the next adventure!
All of the organs and features are now fully in place, meaning your little one is soon ready for the outside world
There isn't much left to do now but wait. You can use this time to read up on what to expect next - the signs of labour to look out for, preparing to breastfeed, how to change a nappy and all the new milestones to come!
Only 5% of births actually occur on their due date, so don't be too disappointed if you have to wait a little longer
But 50% are within a week of the due date and 90% are within 2 weeks - you won't have to wait forever even though it may feel like that.
With only a week or so to go until you meet the little person who has been growing inside you for the last 9 months, the excitement and the nerves are sure to be building! But do keep in mind that only 5% of births occur on the due date - so don't be too disappointed if your date comes and passes by! 50% of births are within a week of the due date and almost 90% are within 2 weeks. You may be attempting to clean and cook and get everything prepared for the new arrival but it is important not to overdo it and to try conserve some of your energy. .
As you enter the final stages of your pregnancy you may be feeling a little bit drained. Make sure you are getting plenty of vitamin C from foods such as strawberries oranges, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and peppers to help reduce tiredness. If you do feel up to it, try to prepare a few staple meals which you can freeze as they may come in handy during the busy weeks ahead. Having a stock of meals like casseroles, lasagne, soups and fish pies will be a life saver in the busy few weeks after giving birth.
Baby has grown from one single cell to a human being in just 9 short months. You're about to be a parent!
You're about to be a parent! If you are still waiting for baby to arrive have a read of some of the articles in this week to help keep you occupied - the impatience can be unbearable but you will soon have your little baby in your arms.
Although your baby may cry regularly they don't actually produce tears for the first few weeks of life.
Babies are born with working tear ducts but they only produce enough tears to cover and protect the eye. As their glands develop, proper tears will begin to appear.
At birth, baby's eyes are 75% their adult size
The changes keep on coming within the first month, including their eyesight. Right now your baby’s eyesight is developing in quality and range, although it’s still quite limited. The human face – especially yours – along with any moving object will attract their attention most of all.
A newborn's brain accounts for about 10% of their body weight, in adults it is only 2%
At birth their brain is developed to about 25% of it's adult size and by 3 years this will be 80% making these the most important years in terms of brain development.
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