Yeay — baby is full term! This means that if baby arrives now, her lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though our due date is still three weeks away.
Baby weighs close to 6.5 pounds/ 2.8 kilograms and may be about 20 inches/ 50 centimetres long from head to toe. Baby’s head is now cradled in my pelvic cavity — surrounded and protected by my pelvic bones. This position clears some much-needed space for her growing legs and buttocks apparently, so why do her feet still get stuck in my ribs, lol?
Baby may now have a full head of hair, with locks maybe around one inch/ 2.5 centimetres long. But don’t be surprised if her hair isn’t the same colour as ours. Dark-haired couples are can have children born with bright red or blond hair, and fair-haired couples likewise can produce babies with dark hair. And then, of course, some babies don’t have any hair at all! With B and I having different hair colour who knows…
Speaking of hair, most of the downy coat of lanugo that covered baby from 26 weeks has disappeared, and so has most of the vernix caseosa, the whitish substance that also covers her. Baby will swallow her lanugo and exterior coating, along with other secretions, and store them in her bowels say the experts. These will become baby’s first bowel movement, a blackish waste called meconium. Now if any of you know me, you know that no child of mine would eat this nasty stuff if she is anything like her mother so we shall see about this, ha ha ha!