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Why there won’t be any wet tears from baby when s/he is born(?!). And what your mucus plug looks like—AND what it means when you lose it.
Baby Natural’s weighing in at 7 or 8 pounds this week, and is somewhere around 20 inches long. Thankfully, these stats won’t change much if baby decides to stay inside for another week or two.
Baby’s brain is still developing at record speed—something that will continue for the next few years. At birth, your brilliant baby will have 100 billion neurons (give or take) that make 50 trillion connections or synapses in the brain. Pretty amazing. Click back to week 32 in this series for a deeper dive into baby’s brain.
Here’s something kind of wild: Baby’s tear ducts are still closed, and will be for the first month of life. So, while we guarantee you’ll experience some crying soon, it’s very unlikely that there will be any actual tears.
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 1 week + 1 day past their delivery date.
At this stage in pregnancy, you’re probably seeing more vaginal discharge than usual. If or 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 here.
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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.)