Your due date is coming up soon, and your baby's just waiting for the right time to be born. Her lungs and brain are developed enough for her to function now but will continue to mature right into childhood. Take it easy during the final week or so this may be your last opportunity to relax! If you have other children and don't want them to attend your birth, make arrangements for their care ahead of time. And if you do want them to attend the birth at a birth center or hospital, find out if you need to make any special arrangements.
How your baby's growing
Your baby has really fattened up. She likely weighs between 6 and 7 1/2 pounds now (boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls), and she's probably between 19 and 20 inches long. She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test with your pinky! Her organs are fully developed and in place, but her lungs and brain — though developed enough for her to function now — will continue to mature right through childhood.
How your life's changing
It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. Take it easy through the day — this may be your last opportunity to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby's movements, too. Though she's crowded, she should still be active.
Swelling of your feet is normal in these last weeks, but if you notice any swelling of your hands or face, sudden weight gain, persistent or severe headaches, blurry vision or spots before your eyes, or upper abdominal pain, call your practitioner right away, because these are symptoms of a serious condition called preeclampsia.