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Your 39th Week

Time may feel as though it's standing still and every small twinge has you on the alert.

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39 week fetus in uterus Breathing is now rhythmicalThe baby is so low down in your pelvisAt 39 weeks the average crown to heel length is 19.1 inThe head may be covered with hairThe eye is large and well formed

Know the signs that mean labor is really about to start. You may have some false alarms, so don't hesitate to call your doctor for advice and reassurance. Excitement will be competing with nerves-and that goes for your partner as well. No one can predict how labor is going to turn out, but before the big day it's helpful to agree on what your partner's role should ideally be.

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