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WEEK 1

Your body will produce estrogen and progesterone in varying amounts to prepare the body for ovulation, when the ovaries release an egg. It is important even prior to conception that you are already taking prenatal vitamins as these can prevent some birth defects.

WEEK 2

Your body will produce estrogen and progesterone in varying amounts to prepare the body for ovulation, when the ovaries release an egg. Ovulation can occurred anytime from day fourteen to twenty-one of cycle depending on your cycle length. Fertilization will typically take place within the fallopian tube.

WEEK 3

If you've conceived, your future baby consists of a ball of rapidly multiplying cells. This ball of cells – a blastocyst – is making its way through the fallopian tubes to your uterus, where it will attach itself into the lining of your uterus.

A part of the blastocyst will eventually form the placenta. Once the blastocyst arrives in the uterus, it starts to release a pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) into your bloodstream. The site where your egg originated in the ovary forms what is called a corpus luteum. This will secrete progesterone to support the pregnancy until implantation.

WEEK 4

Your Baby:
By the end of the week, the embryo measures around 0.04 inch, or 1 millimeters, about the size of a sesame seed.

The fertilized egg is implanting itself into the side of your uterus, where it continues its rapid development. Once implanted, the egg divides into layers of cells and officially becomes an embryo. These cell layers will grow into specialized parts of your baby’s body, such as the nervous system, skeleton, muscles, and organs.

The placenta, is an organ that connects your circulation to the baby, it forms and attaches to the uterine wall at the site of implantation. The umbilical cord comes out of one side of the placenta and attaches to your baby.

Mom To Be:
A missed period may still be the only indication that you're pregnant. This is a good time to test the urine to see if your pregnant. You may experience some spotting as your fertilized egg implants into the uterus. This light bleeding is known as implantation spotting, and it's completely normal.

WEEK 5

Your Baby:
At 0.05 to 0.1 inch, the embryo is about the size of a small orange seed.

The placenta and the umbilical cord are already working to channel essential nutrients from your body your baby. Oxygen, amino acids, fats, and sugars all play a key role in this development of your baby.

One of the layers of specialized cells is developing into the neural tube, which will become the spinal column and the brain. Folic Acid is very important to ensure the normal development of the spinal cord. Extra folic acid is present in prenatal vitamins.

The heart is now a single tube with a few irregular beats.

Mom To Be:
You may feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster. It is normal to have feelings of anxiety and uncertainty when you become pregnant. You may have symptoms that are like the ones you experience before your period. Menstrual-like cramps and lower backaches are common. Give yourself a break: listen to some soothing music, or indulge in a nap.

If you haven't already, cut out any harmful habits, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, or using drugs.

WEEK 6

Your Baby:
Your baby keeps growing bigger, now measuring about 0.1 inch, or 2.5 millimeters.

Although the baby still looks somewhat like a tiny tadpole, folds of tissue are developing at the top, and these will eventually become your little one's chin, cheeks, and jaw.

The heart continues to develop it grows into four chambers and starts to beat . Other major organs, such as the kidneys and liver, are also beginning to take shape. The lungs each exist as a single tube, and they're starting to form into pouch-like structures.

Moms To Be:
The changes your body undergoes in early pregnancy are exciting but challenging at times. Your breasts may be tingling or tender because of increased blood flow; your body is already hard at work getting them ready for breastfeeding.

You may also experience constipation because of an increase in the hormone progesterone, which slows down the digestive tract. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, including lots of high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

WEEK 7

Your Baby:
Your baby is 0.15 to 0.3 inch long this week, a little larger than the width of your pinky nail.

As the week progresses, the brain will divide into three parts: forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain. The forebrain will be responsible for things such as reasoning, problem solving, and forming and retaining memories. The midbrain will function as a traffic cop, relaying electrical signals to their final destinations in the brain. And the hindbrain will take care of breathing, heart rate, and muscle movement.

Mother To Be:
Your hormones and increased blood volume cause your body to produce more fluid, which then has to be eliminated. You may experience slight dizziness with change of positions. Don't cut back on your water intake, you should make an effort to drink more water than before you were pregnant. It is recommended to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily. Make sure you are getting extra folic acid and complex B vitamins for the fetal brain growth, these are both present in prenatal vitamins.

WEEK 8

Your Baby:
Baby is about the size of a gum ball, weighing in at about 0.25 gram and measuring approximately 0.5 inch.

This week, other body parts are beginning: Hands and feet are forming tiny webbed fingers and toes. And the tad pole like tail starts to disappear.

The intestines form, a middle loop moves into the umbilical cord because there's not enough room for it in the abdomen. Even at this early stage, the intestines are working to carry waste away from the body.

Mother To Be:

It's time for your first prenatal visit, so if you haven't chosen a health care provider, get one now. Women who start receiving prenatal care in the first three months have smoother pregnancies and healthier babies than those who don't receive early care. It is also very important that you are getting proper nutrition including iron in your diet. You are making more red blood cells and so is baby.

WEEK 9

Your Baby:
Your baby measures about 1 inch long this week.

This is a period for arm and leg development. The legs have lengthened, and the buds that will eventually become the toes have started to sprout. The arms have gotten longer and have begun to bend at the elbow. A basic hand structure is forming too, with the fingers and thumb clearly differentiated.

Mom To Be:
Now is a great time to choose a safe activity you can stick with for the rest of your pregnancy. Swimming, walking, and yoga are all excellent choices. The hormone relaxin makes your joints looser so your pelvis can expand during birth and may cause you to be a bit more clumsy at times. You should avoid exercises that could put too much strain on your joints, like full sit-ups or reaching for your toes.

WEEK 10

Your Baby:
The baby now weighs about 2.5 grams and measures 2 to 3 centimeters from crown to rump.

Your little one's eyes are also developing. The basic optical structure is in place and the eyelids are beginning to cover the eyes, which are still on either side of the head.

Mom To Be:
Your heart is pumping more blood through your veins. In fact later in pregnancy you'll have 40 to 50 percent more blood in your body than before you were pregnant. This extra volume is necessary to provide blood to the uterus and placenta. The steps you take now to improve your blood flow may help prevent varicose veins later in your pregnancy. Walking daily, lying on your left side, elevating your legs (with knees supported), sitting without crossing your legs are all things that can help prevent your circulation from getting sluggish.

WEEK 11

Your Baby:
Your baby has grown quite a bit since last week the crown-to-rump length is just over 2 inches.

Your baby’s heart has been beating for weeks, but now it has become loud enough for your health care provider to hear with a special listening device called a Doppler. The baby is even starting to grow fingernails now!

Mom To Be:
Some experts think cravings are your body's way of telling you what it needs. Others disagree. No one really knows why cravings occur during pregnancy, but there's no question that at some point, nearly every expectant woman has a want for particular foods. You shouldn't always obey your body's demands, but you don't have to ignore them, either, especially if you crave something healthy.

WEEK 12

Your Baby:
This week your baby weighs 0.3 to 0.5 ounce and measures around 2.5 inches.
By this point most of the needed body structures are developed from head to toe. Baby now needs time to work on the fine details.

Mom To Be:
As the nausea and discomfort of early pregnancy subside, you may find that you have your appetite back! Remember to make healthy choices. Be sure you're eating enough, but don't feel you actually need to "eat for two’.

WEEK 13

Your Baby:
Your baby is now about the size of a large plum, weighing less than 1 ounce and measuring anywhere from 2.6 to 4 inches.

Your baby has completed the task of forming all the crucial body structures, the organs go to work. The liver secretes bile, the pancreas produces insulin, and the kidneys form urine to carry waste away. The urine is excreted into the amniotic fluid.

Mom To Be:
At this point in pregnancy most of the morning sickness and discomforts have subsided and you can start to enjoy your pregnancy!

Your body will continue to change and you may notice a bloating like sensation and clothes will get tighter around the waistline.

WEEK 14

Your Baby:
Your baby weighs about 2 ounces and measures 3.2 to 4.3 inches long.

The esophagus, windpipe, larynx, and vocal cords are all in place.

Mom To Be:
Your uterus is beginning to rise above your pubic bone. Avoid high impact activities or jolting behaviors such as roller coasters, trampolines, or sports like softball. Exercise is still very important, just choose low impact activities like swimming and stationary bike.

WEEK 15

Your Baby:
Your baby weighs anywhere from 1.7 to 2.5 ounces and measures 4.1 to 4.5 inches long and is about the size of a small grapefruit.

Ultrafine, soft hair called lanugo is also appearing over your baby’s entire body. This downy hair, which protects the delicate skin from the amniotic fluid, usually disappears just before or after birth.

Mom To Be:
You may start to notice some mild swelling, called edema, in your extremities. Swollen feet and ankles are the most common. Edema occurs when fluid is pushed from the bloodstream into the soft tissues. As with many pregnancy complaints, it's caused by the increased blood circulating through your body and the pressure of your growing uterus on the pelvic veins. The best way to prevent edema is through light exercise such as walking, swimming or yoga. When you rest elevate your feet. Despite the swelling it is still necessary to drink eight glasses of water every day.

WEEK 16

Your Baby:
Your baby is about 4.5 to 4.75 inches long and just under 3 ounces.

Baby’s muscles are strengthening allowing for a lot if movement of the arms and legs. Baby is learning to stretch out and lift their head.

Mom To Be:
Many pregnant women find that their nose constantly feels stuffed-up, making it difficult to breathe. Congestion occurs because the hormone progesterone increases circulation to the mucous membranes of the nose, causing them to swell. This condition is called pregnancy rhinitis. You can try using a humidifier or saline drops to make your nose less dry. Avoid use of pseudoephedrine as this may increase blood pressure. Ask you healthcare provider regarding use of allergy medicines if symptoms are significant and persist.

WEEK 17

Your Baby:
Your baby might measure up to 6.8 inches and weighs nearly 5 ounces.

Baby is able to suck and swallow now.

If you are having a girl the uterus and vagina are developing now. If it is a boy the penis is formed and the reproductive components are taking shape.

Mom To Be:
Almost fifty percent of all pregnant women get hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the rectum (veins that have become over-dilated due to increased blood volume and flow) in the pelvic area. Constipation and straining during a bowel movement may also bring on hemorrhoids. Try to avoid constipation by eating a high-fiber diet, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly.

WEEK 18

Your Baby:
The baby weighs up to 7 ounces and is about 6.5 to 7 inches, top to bottom.

The large intestine has been tacked down to the back of the abdominal wall, and many digestive glands are forming. The baby is swallowing amniotic fluid, which then makes its way through the stomach and intestines. Now, that fluid combines with dead cells and secretions in the intestines to form meconium. Meconium is the black, tarry substance that will eventually make up your baby's first dirty diaper.

Mom To Be:
Your heart is working 40 to 50 percent harder than it did before you were pregnant. This industry, combined with the pressure of your growing uterus on blood vessels, can occasionally leave you feeling faint, particularly when you get up quickly. Be sure to rest frequently. Lie down on your left side for a few minutes several times a day to increase your circulation. Low impact exercise is also beneficial to you and the health of your baby as this will also increase circulation through the placenta.

WEEK 19

Your Baby:
Your baby measures about 7 inches and weighs anywhere from 6.5 to 8 ounces.

The skin starts to produce a creamy substance called vernix caseosa, which is made of oils secreted by the skin, dead cells, and lanugo, the fine hair that covers the body. This waxy coating protects your little one's skin from the effects of floating in amniotic fluid.

Mom To Be:
As your uterus grows larger, the round ligaments that support it must stretch. Occasionally, these stretched-out ligaments will cause a sharp pain or a dull ache in your lower abdomen, usually on one side or the other. It's probably most noticeable when you change positions suddenly or get up from a chair or bed. As with most discomforts during pregnancy, rest and hydration usually offers the best relief.

WEEK 20

Your Baby:
Your baby weighs about 7.5 to 9 ounces and measures approximately 8.5 inches.

The sex of your baby was determined at conception. The external genitalia were visible as early as twelve weeks. As the baby was so small at twelve weeks it can be difficult to determine sex with accuracy at that time. Now however, if the baby cooperates, the sex of your child should be clear!

Mom To Be:
It is time for ultrasound, usually between 18 and 22 weeks. Your health care provider may want to perform an ultrasound for a variety of reasons: to check your baby's growth and development, confirm your due date, screen for certain birth defects, and assess the health of the placenta and umbilical cord. Your provider will also note the size of your uterus by measuring from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus, called the fundus, at each prenatal visit. This measurement should correspond closely to the number of weeks you are, for example when you are 25 weeks it should measure around 25.

WEEK 21

Your Baby:
Your baby weighs between 10 and 13 ounces and is around 9 inches long, the length and weight of a banana.

Your baby is already starting to sleep and wake in subtle cycles. Ultrasounds show that unborn babies may even settle into a favorite sleeping position.

Mom To Be:
Backaches, especially in the lower back, are quite common during pregnancy this is caused by your growing uterus as it shifts your center of gravity and pulls your lower back forward. To alleviate your back pain try to elevate your feet when you sit, do pelvic tilts, or if you stand for a period of time put one foot on a stool to take pressure off of the back. Maternity support belts can assist in relieving low back pain as well. A good stretching routine or pregnancy yoga will help your body accommodate these new changes.

WEEK 22

Your Baby:
Your baby measures more than 9.5 inches now, and weighs about 13 ounces.

Baby is getting eyebrows and his eyelids are developed.

Mom To Be:
Your tummy has grown enough and others are starting to notice that you are pregnant! This is usually the fun part of pregnancy, enjoy the glow and go forth.

WEEK 23

Your Baby:
Your baby looks like a tiny, thin newborn. She now weighs close to 1 pound and measures 9 to 10 inches, about the length of a Barbie doll.
The amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby is the perfect place for her to grow into a healthy newborn. The sac holds a pint of fluid that the baby warm, protects from infections, and is buoyant enough for exercising their developing body.

Mom To Be:
If you haven't already signed up for a childbirth education course, now is the time to register, as classes can fill up quickly. Most programs are designed to start with the 28th week of pregnancy.

Your health care provider will monitor your blood pressure at each prenatal visit. Blood pressure is normally a bit higher during pregnancy because of expanded blood volume and the strength of your heart's contractions. If your blood pressure is too high, though, your doctor may check for preeclampsia, a complication of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, edema and protein in the urine.

Preeclampsia is treatable. Severe cases preeclampsia can cause decreased blood flow to your placenta and, consequently, to your baby. If you notice any symptoms of preeclampsia, including blurred vision, headaches, or sudden swelling in your feet and hands, contact your health care provider immediately.

WEEK 24

Your Baby:
Your baby weighs up to 1.3 pounds this week and measures 10 to 11 inches.

Baby’s skin is still thin and transparent, it's possible to see the blood vessels, bones, and organs beneath it. His skin will continue to thicken as the months pass, until it's opaque like yours.

Even though your baby's eyes are still fused shut, all the parts of his eyes are present, including the retina, which completes its development over the next month. The iris, the colored part of the eye, still doesn't have any pigmentation.

Mom To Be:
It is important that delivery of your baby does not occur prior to 37 weeks gestation. Labor prior to 37 weeks is called preterm labor. The most common symptoms are menstrual-like cramps, a change in vaginal discharge, a dull ache in your lower back, uterine contractions or pressure on your pelvis. Pay attention to your body; if the symptoms occur frequently or don't disappear after you drink some water or juice and lie down for an hour, call your health care provider.

WEEK 25

Your Baby:
Your baby measures 12 to 13 inches and weighs about 1.5 pounds.

The brain's cortex is developing into layers. Most of the action is still controlled by other brain areas that developed much earlier. The human cerebral cortex is the most complex brain structure in all the animal kingdom, giving us the ability to think, plan, and feel.

Mom To Be:
Remember to eat right for you and baby, low blood sugar can make you dizzy, shaky, and tired. Small, frequent meals will help keep your blood sugar even. When you're out and about, carry small, portable snacks like fruit or yogurt so you don't get stuck somewhere without something nutritious.

WEEK 26

Your Baby:
Your baby is about 13 inches long and weighs around 1.75 pounds.

This week, your baby's nostrils are starting to open up, which gives baby the chance to practice breathing using his muscles and lungs. There's no air to take in, of course, so instead baby "inhales" and "exhales" amniotic fluid.

Your baby is also flexing some feeding muscles of the lips and mouth. When baby’s hand gets close to their mouth they will even suck their fingers and thumb.

Mom To Be:
It's time for your glucose screening test, a procedure that's performed between 26 and 28 weeks. This test looks for signs of gestational diabetes, a high-blood-sugar condition that usually goes away after birth. It affects 2 to 5 percent of pregnant women. Risk is higher in women who are overweight or obese prior to becoming present. The glucose screen is a simple test. First, you drink a sugary solution. A short time later, your provider or a lab technician draws your blood and tests its sugar level. If your blood sugar is too high, a more lengthy blood glucose test is performed to determine whether you have gestational diabetes. Treatment involves a special diet and, in a few cases, medication.

WEEK 27

Your Baby:
This week, your baby is up to 9.6 inches, crown to rump, and weighs about 2 pounds.

After being fused shut for more than four months, your baby's eyelids can open again. This, combined with the facts that the visual part of her brain is active and most eye structures are complete, means your baby can see the world around although it is limited to light and shadows.

Mom To Be:
If you're like most pregnant women you may experience vivid and sometimes bizarre dreams when you finally get to sleep. This can be caused by the many hormones that are circulating about as well as your own feelings of anxiety now that delivery is getting closer. Light exercise will help you to sleep better and decrease your stress levels.

WEEK 28

Your Baby:
Your baby is gaining weight rapidly now weighing about 2.3 pounds. Crown to rump, he measures 10 inches.

This is a vital stage in your baby's lung development. Blood vessels are forming throughout both lungs. When he delivers and takes his first breath of air, his lungs will absorb the oxygen, then send it into these vessels, which will circulate the oxygenated blood throughout his body. Your baby is also just starting to manufacture a substance, called a surfactant, which keeps the air sacs in his lungs from sticking together. The surfactant will allow him to breathe properly after birth. The bronchial tubes are also maturing, dividing into smaller and smaller branches.

Mom To Be:
You may notice a rhythmic tap inside your bell, this is baby hiccupping. This is normal and may keep you awake at night.
With pregnancy progressing, stretch marks may appear on your skin, especially on your abdomen. You may also see these pink, red, or white streaks on your hips, breasts, buttocks, or thighs. Many companies put out creams and ointments to lessen or prevent stretch marks. Unfortunately this breakdown of connective tissue has a genetic influence. So drink and eat well and hope to have good genes! The good news is most stretch marks fade after delivery.

WEEK 29

Your Baby:
Your baby is around 2.5 - 3.0 pounds and approximately 10.5 inches long.

This week marks an important milestone in your baby's brain development: The brain has matured to the point where it can help regulate body temperature. After delivery the baby will also have fat pads to help to keep them warm.

Mom To Be:
Moms usually gain about a pound a week during this last part of pregnancy as baby plumps up for delivery. Your provider may recommend less weight gain depending on your specific body type. Leg cramps are a common complaint during this time. Sometimes we don’t know why the cramps occur; could be the added weight, fatigue, or even low amounts of nutrients. Some physicians will encourage appropriate amounts of calcium or potassium in your diet as prevention. Drink lots of water and when possible elevate the legs to decrease swelling. You may be also told you are anemic. This means you have fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen. Extra iron is essential for your body to make these oxygen carrying blood cells. Taking your iron with orange juice will help you to absorb more.

WEEK 30

Your Baby:
Your baby weighs about 3 pounds this week and is a little more than 10.8 inches from crown to rump.

Eating well is very important in the third trimester because your baby is taking nutrients directly from you to build up his internal stores and to gain weight. The calcium from the milk you drink goes toward building his bones, and the iron in your prenatal vitamins and iron-rich foods boosts his iron supply. Protein is also important because it supports healthy cell growth throughout your baby's body.

Mom To Be:
By this time, the top of your uterus is about 4 inches above your belly button. The stretching skin on your belly may itch; this is completely normal. Try not to itch if you can as it sometimes makes it worse. Using light lotions on your tummy might help.

WEEK 31

Your Baby:
Your baby is about 11.0 inches long from crown to rump and weighs about 3.5 pounds.

Baby’s movements will become less erratic and more organized now. Many health care providers recommend that their high risk patients monitor their baby's movements once they're well into the third trimester. If you notice a decrease in baby’s movement you should let your healthcare provider know.

Mom To Be:
Sometimes you may feel breathless because you are probably having a tougher time getting enough air. This is due to our ever-expanding uterus is pushing your diaphragm into your lungs, the added weight of the baby and the increased demand on your body’s circulation.

WEEK 32

Your Baby:
Your baby weighs between 3.5 and 4 pounds and measures about 17 to 18 inches stretched out.

Most babies settle in the head-down, or vertex, position by this week. It’s all about the physics, once the head gets heavy enough it simply shifts baby to head down. Hopefully baby will stay this way, but every now and then they will change.

Mom To Be:
You will start to have a harder time to feel comfortable with the added weight of the baby and the many positions they get into, especially in the ribcage. Try to stretch and watch your body mechanics to optimize comfort.

WEEK 33

Your Baby:
Your little one now measures 16.5 inches and weighs more than 4 pounds.

Your baby's brain is still developing rapidly as her five senses get ready! At this point, baby can see the liquid world around them; feel sensation , taste the amniotic fluid their swallowing; and hear your heartbeat and your voice.

Mom To Be:
It's more important than ever to pay attention to your diet. Your baby's protein and fat requirements are at their greatest over the next few weeks, so be sure to continue to eat balanced meals.

WEEK 34

Your Baby:
Your baby is 4.7 to 5 pounds and 15.5 to 16 inches long.

Your baby‘s eyes are gray blue right now. The pigmentation process in his iris won't be complete until his eyes have been exposed to light for several weeks after birth. His final eye color may not be evident for years.

Mom To Be:
This is a good time to begin visualizing your delivery and educating yourself with child birth classes. It is always good to discuss your thoughts with your healthcare provider. If your are planning a natural delivery without the assistance of pain medicines or epidural, consider taking a Lamaze class. These classes will assist you in breathing and coping techniques to facilitate your desire for a natural birth. Preparing to pack your suitcase for the hospital may also be a good idea so it is ready for you to go!

WEEK 35

Your Baby:
By the end of this week, baby may weigh up to 5.5 pounds and measure around 16.7 to 18.5 inches long.

The head-down, or vertex, position is the best position for birth. Labor goes more smoothly when the baby's head, the largest body part, comes through the birth canal first. About 3 to 4 percent of babies haven't flipped to this position by 35 weeks.

Your baby's arms and legs are getting chubbier as they continues to gain weight.

Mom To Be:
It's very important to eat lots of iron-rich food in the third trimester. Your baby absorbs this mineral from your body to build up iron stores in her own body, mostly in the form of red blood cells. The majority of the absorption takes place in the final months before delivery.

Sometime between now and 37 weeks, your health care provider may test you for the Group B streptococcus (GBS) bacterium. One third of pregnant women can carry the bacterium, which is harmless to you (and is not a sexually transmitted disease) but can cause an infection in your baby if he contracts it during delivery. Your doctor will take a swab from your vagina or rectum and send it to the lab. If you test positive for the GBS bacterium, you may receive antibiotics during labor and delivery.

WEEK 36

Your Baby:
Your baby weighs between 5.5 and 6 pounds this week and measures nearly 19 inches.

Your baby's head is specially designed to travel through your cervix and pelvis. The plates in his skull aren't fused together yet; this allows the movable plates to overlap if needed to make room during delivery.

Mom To Be:
Most health care providers will want to see you weekly starting at 36 weeks so they can watch for signs of labor. Your provider will also check your weight and blood pressure during each visit and make sure your urine doesn't contain any protein. Bring all of your questions in preparation for delivery.

WEEK 37

Your Baby:
Your baby is more than 19 inches long and weighs between 6 and 6.5 pounds, nearing her final birth weight.

Baby is still gaining half an ounce of fat per day. This fat helps their body regulate her temperature and keep an even blood-sugar level.

The brain, and the skull that houses it, continue to grow.

Mom To Be:
You may feel as if baby has dropped down into your pelvis. This dropping, called lightening or engagement, can occur a few weeks before your baby is born. The new, lower position may take some pressure off your squished lungs and diaphragm, making breathing easier for you. You may feel more pelvic pressure, hip or leg discomfort however.

WEEK 38

Your Baby:
Your baby’s growth rate is slowing. The length is probably closing in on 19.5 to 20 inches, and weight is nearing 7 pounds.
Eighty-five percent of babies are born within two weeks of their due date, so you'll probably give birth sometime in the next four weeks.
Your baby is shedding lanugo, the fine hair that's covered the body for months. There may be some left on the shoulders, forehead, and neck at birth. Mostof the vernix, the creamy wax-like substance that's protected the skin from the amniotic fluid is washed away also.

Mom To Be:
The vaginal secretions usually increase with the increased congestion in the pelvis. If you think your water has broken notify your healthcare provider. Let them know the Color, Odor, Amount and Time you think it broke. (C.O.A.T)

WEEK 39

Your Baby:
Your baby's lungs continue to develop, too, right up until she's born. They are still busy manufacturing surfactant, a substance that helps keep the many air sacs from sticking together when baby takes their first breath.

Mom To Be:
You may have already experienced Braxton Hicks contractions, which are your uterus’s way of priming and practicing for real labor. Now that you're considered full-term, it may be difficult to tell the difference between these contractions, also known as false labor, and true labor. Keep the lines of communication open with your healthcare provider. If you have contractions time them for frequency and how long they last (duration). Notify your healthcare provider if you have any questions.

WEEK 40

Your Baby:
Your baby has probably reached their final birth size. The average baby is 7.5 pounds and 20.5 inches long .

Your baby has been producing fat over the past few months, and 15 percent of their body weight is now from fat, this will help him stay warm in the outside world.

All systems should be a go and ready for life outside of the uterus.

Mom To Be:
As you await your due date you feel like suddenly your pregnancy has ended and it is time for delivery. You may feel anxious and overwhelmed with the unknowns of labor and the responsibility of becoming a mother.

Sometimes babies don’t come right on their due date. Most first time mothers will go past their due date. This is fine as they are not considered too late until 42 weeks have passed. Try to take it easy and pamper yourself during this time because once baby comes you will be busy adjusting to your role as a new mom.


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