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The Ninth Month of Pregnancy

Your pregnancy: weeks 36-40. It’s time for the final preparations before the big day. Your baby is considered full term at 37 weeks and is ready for the world however about half of all pregnancies will go beyond 40 weeks.

3 mins to read Apr 24, 2023

36 Weeks Pregnant

The countdown has begun.

Still gaining weight, it can measure about 34 centimetres from head to toe. Slowly, your little one sheds their downy hair and waxy coating. Nails are fully developed, and cranial bones are developed but still not fused together - this will happen after they are born. At this stage most babies assume a head down inverted position.

Find out more about your thirty-sixth week of pregnancy.

37 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is now ready for the world.

Your baby is now considered full term by the end of this week and is ready for the world – anytime now. Their hair has grown – it could be anything from one to four centimetres long now.

Find out more about your thirty-seventh week of pregnancy.

38 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby can now function independently.

Your baby looks plumper and their organs are now fully mature, ready to function independently. Your little one has a firm grasp and reflexes to help them adapt in the world outside. Are you wondering what colour your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If your baby is born with brown eyes, they will most likely stay brown. However, if your baby is born with lighter eyes, they may gain more pigment over the next few months and keep changing their colour.

Find out more about your thirty-eighth week of pregnancy.

39 Weeks Pregnant

You are waiting patiently. 

Your baby is so ready for this world, but they are not ready to make an appearance just yet. This could happen any minute, literally. Your little lodger should still move regularly despite having almost no room to do so, and there’s still a little fat depositing under their skin. It’s time to run over your hospital bag checklist, maternity leave checklist and your birth plan, and enjoy as much rest and relaxation you can.

Find out more about your thirty-ninth week of pregnancy.

40 Weeks Pregnant

Be prepared!

You’re finally at the finish line of your pregnancy, and the starting line of one amazing journey with your little bundle of joy.  Don’t worry if your baby has still not arrived yet, about a quarter of all pregnancies will go beyond this 40 week mark. Your obstetrician or midwife will keep a close eye on you after your due date, and may discuss inducing you if too much time passes.

Find out more about your fortieth week of pregnancy.