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What Is Happening To Your Body
Now is a good time to check with your health care provider to make sure you'll be ready for delivery. He or she will monitor your blood pressure, urine, swelling, any fluctuations in weight or unusual symptoms.
This is also a good time to start packing a hospital bag to be ready for the big day. Even though the average pregnancy term is 40 weeks, there is some variation (and remember, your due date is just an estimate!), so it's always good to be ready.
Braxton Hicks contractions, or the contractions that your body will naturally produce in order to prepare for delivery will begin by the beginning of this week, if not earlier. The differences between Braxton Hicks contractions and the true labor contractions are that the Braxton Hicks contractions won't increase in length or intensity (they usually last around 30 seconds), should not be painful, and will most likely happen at irregular intervals. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any other questions about pre-labor contractions and actual labor contractions.
What Is Happening To Your Baby
Your baby measures approximately 16.7 inches (42.4 cm) long from head to heel and weighs 4 pounds (1.8 kg). Your baby has increased its chances of survival greatly. If born before this week, your child may experience problems sucking or nursing.
Although your baby is now sleeping for the majority of the day, movement will increase greatly, and fetal kicks will become more frequent.
Ultrasound images courtesy of GE Healthcare
The clinical images and information presented in this application represent normal fetal growth during a typical pregnancy. The images and information are to be used for educational purposes only and not for diagnostic purposes. Please consult a licensed physician regarding any specific questions pertaining to your pregnancy.