Third Trimester

Your 39th Week

Time may feel as though it's standing still and every small twinge has you on the alert.
Know the signs that mean labor is really about to start. You may have some false alarms, so don't hesitate to call your doctor for advice and reassurance. Excitement will be competing with nerves-and that goes for your partner as well. No one can predict how labor is going to turn out, but before the big day it's helpful to agree on what your partner's role should ideally be.
1. Breathing is now rhythmical, with your baby making around 40 breathing movements every minute.
2. The baby is so low down in your pelvis that you have probably exchanged discomfort in your upper abdominal area for pressure on your bladder.
3. At 39 weeks the average crown to heel length is 19.1 in (48.6 cm) and the average weight is 6.3 lb (3 kg).
4. The head may be covered with hair, a few wispy strands-or no hair at all.
5. The eye is large and well formed, although its neural networks are not yet sophisticated enough for the baby to focus. Vision in newborns remains poor for a few weeks after birth while the eye continues to develop.
Breathing is now rhythmicalThe baby is so low down in your pelvisAt 39 weeks the average crown to heel length is 19.1 inThe head may be covered with hairThe eye is large and well formed

Pregnancy Day by Day

By Consultant Editor, Paula Amato, MD

Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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