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Week 39
(counting from first day of last menstrual period)
Around 37 Weeks After Conception

Please keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any questions, please check with your care provider.

Fetal Development:
9th monthMost of the lanugo is gone as the baby prepares for its final womb days. The lungs are maturing and surfactant production is increasing.

The baby can't move too much anymore as its womb space has become very crowded.

The average size baby is over seven pounds at this point.

Maternal Changes:
Are you feeling huge and clumsy? As the baby settles into your pelvis (lightening), your center of gravity shifts which may make you feel off-balance. The good news is, the uterus isn't pressing on your diaphragm so it's easier to breathe. The bad news is, your uterus is pushing on your bladder so you may be running to the bathroom every two minutes.

Your uterus is 6 1/2 to 8 inches above your navel!

Ideas for Partners:
Congratulate yourself! You're almost a parent (or parent again), and you've survived (almost) the pregnancy. You're probably a nervous wreck or in denial that anything is about to happen, but that's okay. In a few days (weeks), you won't remember what you had for breakfast (or even IF you had breakfast) let alone the anxiety you're having right now. Enjoy these last moments with mom as a couple or as a family of 3 (or 4, whatever your situation is) and pat yourself on the back for being a great parent. After all, if you weren't a great parent, you wouldn't be reading this guide!

Inspirational Thoughts:
Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one. ~Gloria Steinem

Reading:
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by William Sears MD and Martha Sears RN, published by Little Brown & Co, 2003

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