At 39 weeks pregnant, you’re nearly ready to meet your baby. Have you thought about names yet? At this point in your pregnancy, you’re officially considered to be full term. This means your baby can come at any time, and your due date is fast approaching.
In weeks gone by, you may have focused on getting all of the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals you need for your baby’s development. You may have watched your bump grow and change shape. However, at this point in your pregnancy, it might just feel like a waiting game for your baby’s arrival. While some people find it comforting to read up on labor and delivery and check off the items in their hospital bag, others take the last days of pregnancy to kick back and relax. So here’s a guide to what’s happening with your body and baby at 39 weeks pregnant, including a few tips to be as comfortable as possible.
Your baby at 39 weeks pregnant
Your baby is almost ready to be born
“At 39 weeks, the baby is full term and is continuing to grow,” explains Dr. Allison K. Rodgers, reproductive endocrinologist, obstetrician, and gynecologist at Fertility Centers of Illinois, US. “They typically grow about half a pound per week, and many babies will be head down, which causes a lot of pelvic pressure. Walking can be difficult with the pressure coming from within. Babies are practicing breathing to strengthen those muscles, but there isn’t much room to move around like they did when they were smaller.”
Your baby’s skin is no longer translucent
Only a few weeks ago, your baby’s skin was transparent and wrinkly. However, during the second trimester, as they gain weight, they lose some of those wrinkles, and they produce melanin which gives their skin and eyes color. Their skin is no longer translucent, and the soft, downy coating of hair (lanugo) that covered your baby is starting to fall away, too. They may be covered in the creamy protective coating called the vernix caseosa, though this may have gone when your baby arrives.
How big is a baby at 39 weeks?
Length (crown to heel): 50 cm or 19.7 in
Weight: 3.4 kg or 7.6 lb
Size: Equivalent to a pumpkin
All measurements are approximate and vary within the normal range.