Approved by the What’s Up Moms Medical Advisory Board
Baby is 18+ inches long and won’t be growing too much more in length, so safe to say she’s about the length of… well… a human baby. Heyo! She’s not done chunking up, though, and will keep adding weight in coming weeks. The circulatory system is now finito, as is the musculoskeletal system. She’s really getting’ there.
If you’re getting restless and irritable and feeling so over lugging around your ten-ton belly, we feel you. In these last few weeks, time slows to a crawl and it can get pretty claustrophobic in your body. And pretend all you want that you’re not waiting, but obviously you sort of are — as is everyone else around you. You’ll start fielding texts and calls from well-meaning friends and family. Baby here yet??? LMK!!! That’s totally relaxing, right?
Just try to achieve as much zen as you can during this time – and take advantage of the fact that baby is still on the inside, because as uncomfortable as you are, it’s easier now than it will be in coming months. Plan something to look forward to every day, no matter how small: an outing with friends, a massage, a trashy magazine to devour as a reward for taking a walk. Bottom line is that right now you can move about the world WITHOUT BOOKING A SITTER so live it up, sister, you’re footloose and fancy free!
If you’re still on a nesting streak, how about cooking some meals to freeze for after baby comes? Or installing that car seat base? Most importantly, make sure you snap some pics while you’re looking so very texbook-ly preggers. It can be easy to forget to do this, but whether you go pro or snap a bunch on your iPhone, make a point of it. Later you’ll be glad you did, especially when you get to show these pictures to your little love. Awww, that’s when you were inside Mommy’s tummy! (Inner monologue: That’s when I had raging ‘roids and cankles.)
These are keepers.