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Pregnancy at 39 to 40 Weeks

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What changes are happening with my body?

You are now getting close to your due date. Your due date is just an estimate of when your baby will be born. Your baby may be born before or after your due date. Your breathing may be easier if your baby has moved down into a head-down position. You may need to urinate more often because the baby may be pressing on your bladder. You may also feel more discomfort and tire easily. You may also be having trouble sleeping.

How do I care for myself at this stage of my pregnancy?

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

What are some safety tips during pregnancy?

What changes are happening with my baby?

Your baby is ready to be born. At birth, your baby may weigh about 6 to 9 pounds and be about 19 to 21 inches long. Your baby may be in a head-down position. Your baby will also rest lower in your abdomen.

What do I need to know about prenatal care?

Your healthcare provider will check your blood pressure and weight. You may also need the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my obstetrician?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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