39 Weeks Pregnant

Why we’re having bigger babies these days. Plus, what it means when you lose your mucus plug.

  • Baby at 39 Weeks Pregnant 🚼

    Baby Natural’s weighing in at 7, 8, or even 9 pounds this week, and is somewhere around 20 inches long.

    There is no doubt about it, we are birthing larger babies than ever before in history. You can thank a constant and stable food supply for that one, as well as education. Unlike earlier generations, most moms don't smoke while pregnant (thank goodness!), which can lead to lower birth weight. We also have higher rates of gestational diabetes these days, which contributes to the bigger baby trend.

    While some people may scare you into thinking that your baby could be "too big" to birth naturally, be aware that ultrasound predictions on size of baby are notoriously inaccurate. The truth is that no one truly knows how big baby is until s/he arrives. Of course, there are some very real reasons to induce, but baby's size is usually not one of them.

  • You at 39 Weeks Pregnant 🚺

    Will this be the week?!

    Baby could certainly come at any time. And, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably MORE than ready for the big day.

    But statistically, you’ve probably got a little more bump time ahead of you. Most new mamas deliver about one week past their delivery date.

    At this stage in pregnancy, you’re probably seeing more vaginal discharge than usual. If / when you see some “bloody show” in that discharge (a small bit of blood or blood-tinged mucus), your labor may be just a couple days away. Hooray! Here are more signs of labor.

    What exactly does the "mucus plug” look like? How far away is labor once you lose your plug? Read our article on mucus plugs for all the details.

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