Can I get a woot woot for full term? Aw, hell yeah! You’re good to go anytime now, sugar bum. Well, that’s sort of true, you’re actually considered “early term” now. Babies born 39 and 40 weeks are “full term”, 41 are “late term”, and 42 are “get-this-fucking-kid-out-of-me” or “post term.” They recently changed the definition to discourage doctors and women from scheduling elective births like c-sections and inductions before 39 weeks, but if your baby decides it’s go-time today, you’re more than okay.
Your baby is inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid and taking its digestive tract for a test run so it can produce the stickiest, grossest, black/green poop you’ll ever witness when he or she is born. It’s called meconium and it should be used to maintain the structural integrity of suspension bridges because it’s so gummy and hard to get off things, but it’s actually composed of the stuff your baby ingested during its stay in the womb.
Your baby has also most likely settled in the head down position but if your kid is stubborn and still hasn’t turned, you’ll probably be offered an external cephalic version (ECV), which is a fancy way of saying they are going to turn your baby by manipulating your belly. If that doesn’t work, they may recommend a c-section but, depending on where your baby is, a vaginal delivery may still be possible. In the meantime, here are some tips to get that little monkey to turn – the “Underwater Piñata” is still my favourite.
Oh, and if you’re going to have a hospital birth you may want to get packed for show time if you haven’t already. Sure you really don’t need much but it’s so nice to feel comfortable during a time when you probably aren’t always going to feel so great. Toothbrush, flip-flops and gum are my top tips, but you can find the whole list here.