1. How Big Is Your Baby?

Your baby weighs about 7¼ pounds (3.3kg). Crown-to-rump length is about 14½ inches (36cm). The baby’s total length is close to 20 inches (50.5cm).

2. How Big Are You?

Your weight should remain between 25 and 35 pounds (11.4 and 15.9kg) gained until delivery.

If you measure from the pubic symphysis to the top of the uterus, the distance is 14½ to 16 inches (36 to 40cm). Measuring from the bellybutton, the distance is about 6½ to 8 inches (16 to 20cm).

3. How Your Baby Is Growing and Developing

Your baby continues to gain weight. It doesn’t have much room to move. All the organ systems are developed. The last organ to mature is the lungs.

Can Your Baby Get Tangled in the Cord?

You may have been told by friends not to raise your arms over your head or to reach high to get things because it may cause the cord to wrap around the baby’s neck. There doesn’t seem to be much truth to this old wives’ tale.

The term nuchal cord refers to an umbilical cord wrapped around a baby’s neck. It occurs in nearly 25% of all births. Nothing you do during pregnancy causes or prevents this from happening. A tangled umbilical cord isn’t necessarily a problem during labor. It only becomes a problem if the cord is stretched tight around the baby’s neck or is in a knot. The good news is this situation is not always dangerous for baby.

4. Changes in You

It would be unusual for you not to be uncomfortable and feel huge at this time. Your uterus fills your pelvis and most of your abdomen. It has pushed everything else out of the way. By this time, you may want baby to be born because you’re so uncomfortable.

5. How Your Actions Affect Your Baby’s Development

Feeding Your Baby

Feeding your baby is one of the most important tasks you will perform. The nutrition you give your baby now will have an effect on the rest of his life. You want to give your baby the best start nutritionally that you can. If you any have questions, discuss them with your healthcare provider.

You may decide to breastfeed baby; it may be the best nutrition you can give him. The baby receives more than just breast milk from you. He will also receive important nutrients, antibodies to help prevent infections and other important substances for growth and development. However, you may choose not to breastfeed—if you bottlefeed, you can still provide good nutrition for your baby.

ACOG discourages elective delivery of a baby before the 39th week of pregnancy. The best time to deliver is between 39 weeks and one day before you reach 41 weeks.


Comparative size of the uterus at 39 weeks of pregnancy
(fetal age—37 weeks) with a baby that is close to full term.

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