Your Pregnancy Weeks 37 to 40

Your baby

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.

Your body

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.

Learn what to do if you think you’re in labor

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Developing Baby, 37-40 Weeks Pregnant
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Changing Pregnant Body, 37-40 Weeks Pregnant
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Is it a Contraction?
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Stages of Labor
  • woman 37-40 weeks pregnantplay button icon
    Developing Baby, 37-40 Weeks Pregnant
    Developing Baby, 37-40 Weeks Pregnant
  • newborn baby being heldplay button icon
    Changing Pregnant Body, 37-40 Weeks Pregnant
    Changing Pregnant Body, 37-40 Weeks Pregnant
  • doctor discusses contractions when pregnantplay button icon
    Is it a Contraction?
    Is it a Contraction?
  • pregnant woman in laborplay button icon
    Stages of Labor
    Stages of Labor