Fetal Development Week 39
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By week 39 of your pregnancy, you're probably not doing much but waiting out this whole fetal development thing. Relax, keep breathing, and check out some helpful end-of-pregnancy tips in this video.
Transcript: You're probably spending most of your waking hours imagining greeting your little one face to face at...
You're probably spending most of your waking hours imagining greeting your little one face to face at last! What will your baby look like? There's no way to tell. For example, many dark haired parents give birth to fair headed babies, and vice versa. Meanwhile, your baby's eyes may not show their true colors until your baby is about six months old, staying the same slate grey-blue color they were at birth. That's because a baby's iris's gain pigment during the first six months of life, making some lighter colored eyes turn darker green or brown. But for now, your baby is still in your belly, and probably measures about 20 inches. And weights about seven pounds, the size of a small watermelon? Most of the lanugo has disappeared from your baby's body, although he may be born with a fine coating of hair on his back or shoulders. Much of the vernix has vanished as well, although, again, you'll notice some of this waxy, white moisturizer at birth. Just a few more days to go, mom. Hang in there, and check back to find out what happens during your last week or two.More »
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You're now approaching your due date and will be welcoming your baby very soon! Learn what to expect in pregnancy week 37 and later in this informative video.
Transcript: Youve reached your 37th week and that means your pregnancy is technically full-term. You could safely...
Youve reached your 37th week and that means your pregnancy is technically full-term. You could safely go into labor at any day, but some pregnancies may stretch out as long as 42 weeks. At this point your baby is probably between 20 and 21 inches long, and could weigh in at 6 and a half pounds or heavier. He or she is now gaining about half an ounce a day. Your babys systems are pretty much ready to go, so what is he or she doing all day? More practicing, of course! Your little one is simulating breathing, sucking on his or her thumb, blinking, and moving from side-to-side. While your baby gets ready to make his or her debut, youre getting ready, too! You may have noticed that your breasts have started to leak a yellowish fluid, which is called colostrum. Colostrum is a precursor to milk that will arrive during the end of your pregnancy or in the early days of your nursing. Not all women experience this leakage before delivery, but if you do, you can wear nursing pads in your bra. Youll continue having those practice Braxton Hicks contractions this month, but they are probably becoming more frequent and can be mildly painful. One of the first signs that your baby is ready is your bloody show. This is a mucous-y discharge that is tinged with blood. Your bloody show occurs when the blood vessels in your cervix rupture as it dilates and prepares for delivery. While youre pregnant, your cervix becomes blocked with mucous that prevents bacteria from getting to your baby. As your cervix starts loosening, this mucous is dislodged, and you may or may not notice the discharge. Another event that may occur is your water breaking. Less than 15 percent of pregnant women experience this prior to the onset of labor. But if it DOES happen, it may be a large push or just a trickle of fluid. What people call the water breaking, is actually the rupturing of the amniotic sac. The fluid is usually clear and means that your baby is DEFINTIELY on the way. You may be wondering if youll know when you go into labor, and the answer is yes! You will feel contractions as a rhythmic pain that often begins in your back and radiates in the front of your abdomen. Contractions tend to occur irregularly and far apart at first, and then become progressively stronger and more consistent. Whether its week 37 or week 42, your baby is really on the way. You can be proud of providing a wonderful environment for your little one to develop in. Congratulations, Mom!More »
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Week 37 marks the completion of your baby’s growth in the womb. Check out our video for more information.
Transcript: Congratulations, mom! Although your due date is still three weeks away, your baby is officially considered...
Congratulations, mom! Although your due date is still three weeks away, your baby is officially considered full term in your 37th week. This means that if your little one were born today, the lungs would be mature enough to adjust to life outside the womb without medical assistance. Babies born prior to this week are considered premature, and those that arrive after the 41st week are called post-term. Your now full-term baby weighs about six and one third pounds, and is about the length of a stalk of Swiss chard-19 inches or so. Your baby will continue to put on weight at a slower rate of about one ounce a day until birth. Boys tend to be a bit bigger at birth than girls are; and first time babies may be smaller than those born to seasoned moms. Just a couple more weeks to go! To find out what happens during each, check back here for your video updates.More »
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At week 40, your baby should be fully grown and ready to pop out! Check out this video to learn more about fetal development at week 40.
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If you have not delivered by now, this is probably the week that doctors will induce labor. To learn more about week 41 of pregnancy, watch the video.
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Is it hard for you to go to sleep as you move into the last quarter of your pregnancy. Don’t worry, these symptoms are quite common in pregnancy weeks 33 to 36. Watch this video and learn more.
Transcript: You would do anything to get some sleep, but your little passenger isn't making that easy. Up to 70%...
You would do anything to get some sleep, but your little passenger isn't making that easy. Up to 70% of pregnant women experience third trimester insomnia. Now that you've reached month 9, you're probably ready to burst. By the end of week 36, your no-longer-little baby will weight about 6lbs and measure 20'' or more in length. Expect weight to continue to increase, but your baby doesn't have room to get much longer. These days, your fetus is acting more like a baby, closing his or her eyes while asleep and opening them while awake. Your baby has also finally developed his or her own immune system, a must for those upcoming days on the playground. And if your baby is a he, he'll reach an important milestone this month: his testicles should be dropping from abdomen to scrotum. Now that your baby's bodily systems are close to fully mature, he or she will focus on expansion, both in weight and in brain power. It's interesting that both the head that houses that brain and the bones that hold that weight are still quite soft. This is so your baby can push easily out of your birth canal. Thinking about that impending birth, not to mention dealing with heartburn, leg cramps, and a gigantic belly may be keeping you up at night. Third trimester insomnia is very common. Try to avoid exercise too close to bedtime. It can also help to enjoy a banana or glass of milk in the evening, because both contain sleep-enhancing hormones. Remember in the beginning of your pregnancy, when you couldn't stop going to the bathroom? You're probably experiencing the same need to urinate constantly once again. Because your baby's head is now pressing squarely against your bladder, this is very normal. One place you could use some extra moisture, is your eyes, as they may suddenly become dry and uncomfortable. You can blame those pregnancy hormones for this irritation which is due to a decrease in tear production. But take heart, the finish line is in sight and soon you'll be holding that little boy or girl in your arms.More »
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The changes during week 9 of pregnancy will determine what your baby's face will look like. Watch this video about the transformation your baby will go through.
Transcript: In the early stages, your baby's head develops much faster than the rest of its body, so he or she will...
In the early stages, your baby's head develops much faster than the rest of its body, so he or she will be quite top heavy in this, the ninth week of your pregnancy. At this point your embryo's facial features are becoming more distinctive by the day! The eyes are fully formed now, though they're still fused shut. And earlobes, nose, nostrils, and mouth have all begun to form. By the end of this week, your embryo will measure 2/3 of an inch and weigh just a fraction of an ounce...in other words, that baby in your belly is about the size of a grape. Also changing this week is your baby's heart, which will finish splitting into four chambers and begin to form valves.More »
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Did you know that during fetal development week 14, your baby is roughly the size of a peach? Find out what other changes your baby will go through.
Transcript: Your fetus shed that fish-like tail a few weeks ago, but now begins to sprout a coating of downy fur!...
Your fetus shed that fish-like tail a few weeks ago, but now begins to sprout a coating of downy fur! This ultra fine layer of hair, which is called lanugo, will continue to grow throughout the rest of your pregnancy, until it is shed shortly before birth. Meanwhile, your baby's body is growing significantly faster than the head at this point, which sits atop a more prominent neck. This week, that ever growing fetus is about the size of a peach, or 3 1/2 inches long and now weighs about 1 ounces. By now, your baby's arms are proportionate to the body, although the legs still have some growing to do. And while you still can't see them just yet, your baby's genitals have fully formed by this week. In addition, the liver has started to produce bile and the thyroid gland will begin to make thyroid hormones that will regulate metabolism. Wonder what else your little one has in store? Check back next week to get your next video update!More »
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Week 15 of pregnancy is a very exciting time, as you can find out whether you are going to have a baby boy or girl. Learn more through the video.
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Week 21 of your pregnancy will see a number of exciting changes in your baby. Check out this video and find out about the changes your baby will go through.
Transcript: Your fetus still relies on you for most things, but this week, your baby will start to learn a whole...
Your fetus still relies on you for most things, but this week, your baby will start to learn a whole new lesson in self-reliance. Although your baby still gets most of his or her nourishment directly from you via the placenta, your little one's intestines have further developed, and your baby will begin absorbing small amounts of sugar from the amniotic fluid. During week 21, your ever-growing fetus weighs about of a pound and is comparable to a carrot's ten and a half inches in length. If you're having a little girl, her vaginal canal will start to form this week. And no matter your fetus's sex, his or her bone marrow spaces are now developed enough to start making red blood cells. Previously, this was done by your baby's liver and spleen, but both of these organs will retire red blood cell production in the coming weeks. Phew! If you think this week was interesting, check back to see the surprises that wait in week 22!More »
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During week 22 of fetal development, your baby will start sucking on its thumb. Check out this video for more information about this developmental stage.
Transcript: This week your fetus will begin to discover its sense of touch. Because your baby's brain and nerve...
This week your fetus will begin to discover its sense of touch. Because your baby's brain and nerve endings are almost fully formed, he or she will begin experimenting with this newfound sense! As such, an ultrasound may show your baby stroking his face, sucking her thumb, or feeling other body parts. And now that your fetus has officially hit the one pound, 11-inch mark, he'll really start to look like a person this week. Of course, he's still covered with that downy coating of lanugo, and he also sports deep wrinkles of skin on his body. But don't worry: Before your fetus is ready to be born, he'll shed that fur and will also fill in the wrinkles with oh-so-pinchable baby fat! In other developments, a baby girl's vagina is almost fully formed now, while a boy's testes will begin to descend this week. And deep within your baby's belly, the pancreas continues to grow and get ready to produce vital hormones. Want to know more? Check back right here for your weekly fetal development update!More »
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In fetal development week 27, your baby looks like, well, your baby…just thinner and smaller. He or she is also about this size of a cauliflower head. Learn more about what's happening to your baby.
Transcript: Welcome to the end of your second trimester-you're nearing home stretch in your 40-week pregnancy! By...
Welcome to the end of your second trimester-you're nearing home stretch in your 40-week pregnancy! By now, your baby looks very similar to the way he'll appear at birth, albeit thinner and smaller. And although your little one's lungs and immune system still need to fully mature, if your baby were to be born now, though not ideal, chances are that with special neo-natal care your little one would probably be OK. Of course, you want that baby to stay safe and warm inside you for a few more weeks! After all, your little one is only about 14.5 inches and a bit bigger than two pounds, rather like a head of cauliflower. And while your baby continues to grow inside you, your little one is probably sleeping and waking at regular intervals. You may notice occasional rhythmic movements in your belly during waking hours, which are just normal cases of baby hiccups. Although your fetus's eyes have been fused shut up to now, the retina, or light sensitive portion, has begun to mature. The result? Your baby's eyes will open in the next week or so, and will be able to see what's going on in the world of the womb. Excited to know what happens next? Check back for your 28th week update!More »
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Do you want to find out how much your baby weighs during fetal development week 28? Think Chinese cabbage. Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: Do you know what a Chinese cabbage looks like? You'll want to find out, as this vegetable has something...
Do you know what a Chinese cabbage looks like? You'll want to find out, as this vegetable has something in common with your fetus this week! It's true: Your rapidly developing baby hits the two pound, two ounce mark this week, and weighs roughly the same as this little known cabbage. In addition, your little one measures 14.8 inches from head to heels, or ten inches from crown to rump. At your next pre-natal appointment, it's possible to tell, by palpating the belly, whether your baby is lying headfirst or feet-first in your womb. Babies who are in the breech-or feet-first-position have almost three months left to turn around-and most fetuses do. Some babies may remain in the breech position and may need to be delivered via c-section. In other news, your baby's eyes are open and blinking now. In fact, your baby may sense light filtering through your stomach. Plus, that little brain is ever expanding, developing billions of tiny neurons in preparation for life outside the womb. Want to know what will happen at the beginning of your sixth month? You know where to turn for next week's facts!More »
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