|

Pregnancy: Weeks 35-40

The last weeks of your pregnancy give your baby time to grow in length and weight.

A human fetus at 40 weeks. At this time your baby will weigh between 6 and 8 pounds and will measure about 18 to 22 inches in length.

Week Number 35

  • Babies born at Week 35 have a 99 percent chance of survival. The lungs are fully developed and the respiratory problems that used to kill these preemies are now easily treated.

Weeks Number 36 and 37

  • More fat layers are added to help control body temperature after birth.

Week Number 38

  • Your baby is now "full term." This means that if he's born today he'll be considered a full-grown baby. Babies born before 38 weeks are called premature babies.

Week Number 39

  • The baby sheds her fuzzy layer of lanugo hair and the vernix caseosa, which is the skin coating that covers a fetus to protect the skin. The baby swallows this waste and will discharge it as his first bowel movement in a blackish mixture called meconium.
  • All organs are ready to function outside your womb.
  • The lungs are the last organs to mature. They should be fully developed by this time.

Week Number 40

  • Bingo! This is the due-date week when your baby just might make her entrance. But then again, maybe she did that last week or will wait until next week. Remember that due dates are rarely exact. (Only 5 percent of babies are born on their due dates.) Even carrying a baby to Week 42 is considered normal. After that, the baby is post-term.
Baby Talk

A baby delivered after Week 42 is called post-term.

What a month! The anticipation can drive even the calmest expectant mom crazy. But you can take your mind off this pregnancy that seems never-ending by shopping for all those cute baby thing that your new baby will be using very soon!

Back to Weeks 31-34
|

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth © 2004 by Michele Isaac Gliksman, M.D. and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit Amazon's website or call 1-800-253-6476.


Pregnancy Day by Day

Tell us your due date to receive our daily newsletter and find out what is happening in this day of your pregnancy!

Already a member? Log-in here

Name of the Day

stay connected

highlights

3 Fun Thanksgiving Games for Kids
Looking for some great Thanksgiving games to play with your kids? Print our free Pin the Feathers on the Turkey game, Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim game, and Thanksgiving Parade Bingo game for loads of laughs this Turkey Day!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

8 Surprising Sources of Caffeine in Kids' Foods
Even low doses of caffeine can have an effect on your child's health. Since the FDA doesn't require caffeine content on food labels, learn about hidden sources of caffeine in kids' diets.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

© 2000-2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved.