While you can still do the estimates on your baby’s growth, the better option would be to wait till that baby comes out! The average newborn is seven and one half pounds and twenty inches long. It is amazing when you think about it. Your baby began as a bundle of cells, the size of a period on a sentence and in forty short (You’re laughing at that word choice aren’t you?) weeks it has become the size of a watermelon at least! Your baby’s body is now fifteen percent fat, all of its organs are finished, and it’s ready to rock. The brain continues to grow and the immune system to develop and strengthen, however these continue well past the toddler years even.
As fair warning, you know how in the movies babies always come out all clean and pink, perfect with clear skin and round head? That is only true on the screen. The average newborn comes out covered in blood and some of the remaining waxy white coating it had in the uterus. Its head may be cone shaped from the pressure of your pushes (this will return to normal soon) and it may have all variety of skin ailments from rashes to acne, but it will still be the most beautiful thing you have ever seen on film or off.
Congratulations, for the millionth time.
Well, hopefully it’s a lot emptier, as in you’ve gone into labor.
If you make it to the end of week forty and you haven’t gone into labor you’ll start having visits with your doctor every few days. He or she will evaluate you each time to determine whether or not you should be induced. Have heart that will unquestionably be determined before week forty-two.
In what circumstances a labor is induced?
What are the ways a doctor will induce you?
This is done when your labor isn’t necessarily urgent and your cervix has begun to ripen but still has a ways to go. Your doctor will insert a finger into your cervix and strip the amniotic sac from around the opening. This will again cause the release of prostaglandins and labor should begin within a few days. Many women find this process uncomfortable and painful.