Your pregnancy: Weeks 37 to 40
Are you feeling a bit weighed down? No wonder! Your baby weighs 6 pounds or more — and will spend the next weeks putting on a few more pounds. By now your baby’s physical development is complete. Although the lungs are fully mature, the umbilical cord will support your baby’s breathing until after birth.
What's happening this week?
37 weeks pregnant
I’m 37 weeks pregnant. My baby’s the size of a honeydew melon.
Proud mom-to-be moment: My baby is full-term now. They say hardly anyone delivers on their due date, so I’m ready for anything!
- Your baby is about the size of a honeydew melon.
- Little hands are strong enough to grasp with his or her fingers.
- Your baby is nearly full-term, which means if you go into labor right now, he or she is most likely ready to thrive without medical help.
38 weeks pregnant
I’m 38 weeks pregnant. My baby’s the size of a small pumpkin.
Strange to think that I could go into labor any minute … but it’s ALL I can think about!
- Your baby is now the size of a small pumpkin.
- Your little one’s eyes can see objects that are up to 8 inches away.
- Your baby can sneeze and cough. Bless you, baby!
39 weeks pregnant
I’m 39 weeks pregnant. My baby’s the size of a watermelon.
Makes sense to me. I’ve been feeling like I swallowed a watermelon for weeks!
- Your baby is the size of a small watermelon.
- Changes are small now, compared to your baby’s development in the past months.
- At birth your little one’s eyes may be puffy and red, and his or her skin might look scaly. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary!
40 weeks pregnant
I’m 40 weeks pregnant— My baby is due this week!
Should be any day, could be a little longer … but good things come to moms who wait!
- Your due date is here!
- Your baby will probably weigh between 6 to 9 pounds on delivery day.
- Your little one will be born knowing your voice, as well as your partner’s.
- This is the end of one chapter, and the beginning of a brand-new adventure!
You might be breathing a little easier as your baby drops down into the birth canal. Your nipples may stick out a little more as you get ready to breastfeed. You won’t feel it, but your cervix is starting to thin and open to prepare for childbirth. Try to relax, take it easy, and enjoy these last days before your baby comes. The amazing moment when you finally meet your baby is just around the corner.