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Week 39: Ready for Parenthood?

Your Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy

Your Baby This Week

If you're not in labor at this very moment, you will be soon! And as anxious as you are to meet your little angel, he is just as excited to enter the world.

Even at this late stage, your baby is still growing, now to around 7 pounds (3.5 kg) and 22 (56 cm) inches. All of baby's organs (except the lungs) are fully developed, along with toenails, fingernails, and muscles in his arms and legs. At this point, babies can become entangled in their umbilical cords. If this should happen, don't worry. In most cases it's not dangerous. And contrary to rumor, it's not caused by anything you did.

Your Body This Week

Although your tummy is larger than you could have imagined, you may actually feel more comfortable in your body than you have in a while. That's because your baby has dropped further down into your pelvis, relieving additional pressure. This change has also caused your center of gravity to shift suddenly, so you may lose your balance more easily or have difficulty standing upright, particularly when getting out of a chair. Take extra care of yourself - you have a baby to deliver very soon!

Pleasant Family Mealtime

Yes, it's possible to have healthy family meals, where everyone enjoys one another's company along with some nutritious dishes. If you'd like your family to eat healthier, focus on two things. First, make mealtime a relaxed, but focused event. No more eating in front of the TV, in the car, or on the way out the door. Second, involve other family members in choosing menus, shopping for food, and preparing meals. This can build enthusiasm for healthy eating. It may seem difficult, but your family's nutritional needs are a priority. And just like any priority, it justifies the time and effort you spend. Here are some great ideas for making mealtime more pleasant.

Changing Your Changing Table

Reaching, bending and stretching are perfect activities for the gym. But they're not so hot when you're simply trying to change a diaper. Any area that you'll use several times a day (such as the changing table) should be modified to fit your body. The baby's changing table should be at a comfortable height, usually around waist high so you don't have to bend down or reach up. Place a small step stool in front, so you can rest one foot while standing. And have all of your supplies within arm's reach so twisting or bending aren't necessary. Get additional helpful tips on preparing for parenthood.
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