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Baby’s still about 20 inches long, but she’s probably up to about 6 pounds in weight this week. Yep, still on that half-a-pound-a-week plan.
And it’s just about all systems go for baby. His or her lungs and respiratory system are just about ready for the outside world. If baby were born today, chances are good she’d be able to breathe on her own.
(Not that we want baby to come early if she doesn’t have to—each week of gestation up to 39 weeks is important for her to grow and develop and have the best possible start.)
Baby’s digestive system is ready for action too. Up until this point, baby’s only been drinking amniotic fluid, but once the first drops of your colostrum (aka liquid gold) hit baby’s system, the digestive system kicks into gear. (As you’ll see, no doubt, when you start changing those cloth diapers!)
Just one month to go, mama! Can you believe it?
It was around this time during my pregnancies that I really got my butt into gear. With that in mind, here’s a quick little checklist for you.
(This checklist is just here to give you some ideas. Take what you like and leave the rest!)
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Ok, mama, I’ve got a tough assignment for you this week. It's gonna take determination. Persistence. The ability to overcome adversity.
I'm asking you to eat 6 dates a day until your delivery.
I know, I know. It's a tough job. But you're gonna want to do it. You see, there was a study that showed that moms who ate 6 dates a day for the last 4 weeks of their pregnancies had better births.
Granted, it was a small study out of the country of Jordan, a leading producer of dates—but hey, it's worth a shot.
And I have to say that anecdotally, in my community, I've seen women swear by this tasty little trick!
Click here for more information on dates during pregnancy, plus some yummy date recipes.