Only 9 days to go! (unless little one decides to come earlier).
About baby this week:
If you don’t know already, can you tell if you’re carrying a boy or a girl? One hint may come from the size of your baby – boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls. Babies at week 39 weigh between 3kg and 3.2kg and continue to build the fat stores that will help regulate body temperature after birth.
Your baby’s organ systems are fully developed and in place, but his lungs will be last to reach maturity. Even after your baby is born, it may take a few hours before he establishes a normal breathing pattern.
From this week onwards, the amount of amniotic fluid in your uterus gradually starts to decrease, although your body will continue to make fluid until your baby’s born.
Wondering what colour your baby’s eyes will be? Most white European babies are born with dark blue eyes and their true eye colour – be it brown, green, grey or blue – may not reveal itself for weeks or months. The colour of your baby’s eyes in the first minutes after birth won’t last – exposure to light changes a baby’s initial eye colour. Most babies of African and Asian descent have dark grey or brown eyes at birth, but it won’t be clear what precise shade their eyes will be until after the first six months or year.