39 Weeks Pregnant

39 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

Your baby is now between 18 and 20 ½ inches long and around 6 ½ to 8 pounds.*

My Pregnancy – Changes for my baby

Your baby is continuing to grow and working on the layer of fat underneath his/her skin. This is an important part of your baby’s ability to regulate their body temperature once they are born. Your baby is also beginning to form new skin cells which will replace older skin cells.*

39 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

You most likely have not experienced a lot of changes over the last week or two. You probably have not gained any weight or noticed that you are bigger, but there are still changes that are taking place.

The closer you get to the end of your pregnancy, the more you will hear about “being effaced.” Effacement is the process by which the cervix prepares for delivery. After the baby has engaged in the pelvis, it gradually drops closer to the cervix; the cervix gradually softens, shortens and becomes thinner. You may hear phrases like “ripens,” or “cervical thinning” which refer to effacement. *

39 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

Honestly, at this point you should really plan to take it easy. Whether this is your first child or fourth, your life will not be the same once this new addition arrives. So take some time for yourself, your partner, your family, and your friends.

39 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

Even though the delivery of your baby is very near, you want to continue monitoring your baby’s movements. Many doctors may have you actually counting movements as discussed in Week 35.

You may have purchased and/or been given many things for your baby. You may want to be cautious in taking off the tags. You could find out that it is not the right size, color, or may even be for the wrong “sex”. While sonograms can be a good way to judge the size and gender of your baby, they are not always right. By leaving the tags on certain items, you will save yourself a lot of trouble.

39 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

Begin talking with your partner about who you would like to be present at the birth of your baby. Do you want to be alone, or do you want to be surrounded by friends and family? Now is a good time to address these concerns. This gives you a little time to make any necessary arrangements.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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