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Why we’re having bigger babies these days. Plus, what it means when you lose your mucus plug. ?
Baby Natural’s weighing in at 7, 8, or even 9 pounds this week, and is somewhere around 20 inches long.
There is no doubt about it, we are birthing larger babies than ever before in history. You can thank a constant and stable food supply for that one, as well as education. Unlike earlier generations, most moms don't smoke while pregnant (thank goodness!), which can lead to lower birth weight. We also have higher rates of gestational diabetes these days, which contributes to the bigger baby trend.
While some people may scare you into thinking that your baby could be "too big" to birth naturally, be aware that ultrasound predictions on size of baby are notoriously inaccurate. The truth is that no one truly knows how big baby is until s/he arrives. ? Of course, there are some very real reasons to induce, but baby's size is usually not one of them.
Will this be the week?! ??
Baby could certainly come at any time. And, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably MORE than ready for the big day.
But statistically, you’ve probably got a little more bump time ahead of you. Most new mamas deliver about one week past their delivery date.
At this stage in pregnancy, you’re probably seeing more vaginal discharge than usual. If / when you see some “bloody show” in that discharge (a small bit of blood or blood-tinged mucus), your labor may be just a couple days away. Hooray! Here are more signs of labor.
What exactly does the "mucus plug” look like? How far away is labor once you lose your plug? Read our article on mucus plugs for all the details.
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For 9 months, your baby has been nestled snugly and sweetly in your womb. But soon, baby will emerge into the wide-open, bright, and cold new world.
That transition will take some adjusting to, to say the least!
A great way you can support your baby in transitioning to life on land is by babywearing.
Women have been babywearing for thousands of years, yet it fell out of favor in the past few generations. But, like so many wise and ancient practices, babywearing is trending again.
No doubt you’ve seen pics of celebs with baby strapped to their back or chest. My personal favorite is seeing daddy wear baby. Of course, in the tabloid mags, a lot of people use Baby Bjorns, which aren't the best for baby’s hips.
So what carriers are best for baby? And how exactly does a new mama go about babywearing? Check out this post on everything you need to know about babywearing.
(Bonus: Baby carrying also makes it easy to breast-feed anytime, anywhere.)