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39 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 39th Week of Pregnancy

At 39 weeks pregnant, you’ve got what is officially considered a full-term baby!

Your baby now weighs around seven to eight pounds and measures 19 to 21 inches! Heidi Murkoff, author of What To Expect When You’re Expecting, takes you this amazing week of your pregnancy.

It’s week 39, and you’re in the homestretch now. Good news for your very-stretched out belly – and your larger-than-ever baby, since it’s pretty crowded inside there. It helps that your baby’s just about done growing, weighing in at 7 or 8 pounds – or maybe even heavier – and measuring up at 19 to 21 inches. The only thing still growing up a storm at the moment is your little one’s brain, which will continue to develop at a mind-boggling rate for the first three years of your smarty-pants’ life.

Also in development this week are his tear ducts, though they won’t actually produce any tears until several weeks after birth. So while your newborn will definitely be able to communicate his needs by crying – trust me on that – the waterworks won’t start rolling down those cheeks for a while. It’ll be all crocodile tears for your little gator.

And speaking of cheeks, your baby’s are chubbier and more deliciously kissable than they were just a short while ago. His skin now has a protective fat layer covering the blood vessels across his body, and his formerly translucent pink complexion becomes a tad darker as skin pigment starts to develop. No matter what skin color your baby will eventually wear, your little one will be born with a light skin tone until his pigmentation deepens to the color he’s destined to be.

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And on top of his sweet little noggin he might be sporting a full head of hair. Or, he might be a cutie cue ball. Or, somewhere in between. But it doesn’t matter much. From head to toe, this just-about-baked baby finally resembles the little person you’ll soon come to know and love.

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  1. My baby girl is 9 months old now and said her first word today 😊 ..and I still remember these videos I so eagerly watch each week during my entire pregnancy 🥰 how time flies

  2. Now am in my 39 th week. Hope to see my baby soon can't wait to hold him or her in my arms 😇😍😍😍 but past one month am getting contractions and sleepless nights headache nausea and vomiting sensation. Praying and hoping for a vaginal delivery. Pls pray for me dear friends 😍😍😍.

  3. Due tomorrow been experiencing lower back pain since Wednesday night it has gotten more intense since way early this morning losing my mucus plug and bloody show still not sure when to go to the hospital even though the pain is intense it's doable for now

  4. 39 weeks and 5 days today & she is way to comfortable in my belly. Both my other kids were born 38 and 39wks so this is the longest stretch and my last so enjoying it the best I can during the middle of an epedemic. Thanka to Covid-19

  5. 39 weeks in just two days. can’t wait to see my baby girl! Everyweek for the past 9 months, I always check your episodes to keep me educated throughout this process. thanks!

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38 Weeks Pregnant - What To Expect Your 38Th Week Of Pregnancy - Pregnancy Week By Week - 2021

38 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 38th Week of Pregnancy

40 Weeks Pregnant - What To Expect Your 40Th Week Of Pregnancy - Pregnancy Week By Week - 2021

40 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 40th Week of Pregnancy