The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Your baby's crown-to-rump length is about 17 inches. She weighs about 4 1/2 pounds and gains about eight ounces every week.
Your baby has probably moved to the head-down position and may descend into your pelvis at any time in the next six weeks and begin to press into your cervix. This position not only prepares her for birth but allows blood to flow to her developing brain. The dark quiet of your womb is perfect for this activity. Right now, your baby is also in the process of receiving your antibodies. If she were born right now, her immune system would be immature, and extra care would need to be taken to keep her in a sterile environment.
Tired of being pregnant? Remind yourself that babies are easier to take care of in there than out here! You continue gaining weight at the rate of a pound a week, and it probably seems impossible that your body will find somewhere to fit six more pounds.
Because contractions generally signal that labor is starting, they can be viewed as a warning sign, a green light or a cue to ask, “Honey, the crib is set up, right?” But having contractions before you’re due doesn’t necessarily mean that Baby has requested an early checkout from Hotel Utero. Here’s what you need to know about uterine contractions—whenever they occur.
Things to think about this week
To get ready for breastfeeding take a breastfeeding class, buy a good breastfeeding book and watch a breastfeeding video. Be prepared with our five simple steps to success.