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Your Pregnancy: Week 39

Hang in there -- you're almost done! Predicting a due date isn't an exact science (and can make for some pretty lucrative wagering), but there are definite signs that the time is near. Look for the bloody show, the passing of the mucous plug, diarrhea, nausea, energy spurts, contractions, and breaking of the water.

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Baby's now the size of a watermelon!

Baby's brain is still developing rapidly, and his skin has taken on a paler shade thanks to a thicker layer of fat around the blood vessels. (Don't worry; he'll change color again soon after birth.) He's now able to flex his limbs, and his nails might extend past his fingertips.






To-do:
> Schedule your weekly OB visit
> Reminder: Print your baby care package
> Go to your checklist

[ tip ] 
For an exciting change of pace, try spending the night in a comfy recliner instead of your bed (you wild woman, you). This can also help with shortness of breath...and if shortness of temper is a problem, the time away from your partner may be an additional bonus.

> Chat with other moms-to-be who share your due date

> Read more about being 39 weeks pregnant

All medical information reviewed by Dr. Geeta K. Swamy, Duke University Medical Center OB/GYN Department

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