Week 38: Baby is almost here!

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You’ve probably finished decorating the nursery and stocking up on newborn essentials. If not, there’s not much time left!

Last week, your unborn baby was considered “full-term,” and is completely ready to be born. All of his body systems have matured and are ready for the changes that come with birth.

The soft, downy lanugo that covered your unborn baby’s body has almost disappeared, and his lungs have matured completely.

Your unborn baby now measures about 19 to 21 inches long and weighs, on average, six to nine pounds. His head likely has turned downward now in preparation for birth.

Q&A about labor and delivery

Before your due date, it’s a good idea to get a little background about labor and delivery. Read some common questions and answers from our experts to help ease your anxiety and get you prepared.

Late-term testing

If your pregnancy is high risk, or if you have certain other symptoms you may be asked to do a late-term test called a biophysical profile. This painless test combines an ultrasound examination with a non-stress test. Read more about the reasons for the test and how it is done.