For years, babies were considered term (what we often call full-term) between 37 and 41 weeks of pregnancy. As a result of these findings, experts now don't consider babies term until 39 weeks. Infants born during weeks 37 and 38 are considered early term.
How many months of pregnancy is 38 weeks?
Baby is about 19.6 inches long and his or her head is about the same circumference as the abdomen. Average baby weight at 38 weeks is 6.8 pounds. Sounds a lot like a birth weight, huh? 38 weeks pregnant is eight months and about two weeks.
Why is it a 40 week pregnancy?
Pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks (280 days) from the first day of your last menstrual period (also called LMP) to your due date. ACOG and SMFM now define a full-term pregnancy as a pregnancy that lasts between 39 weeks, 0 days and 40 weeks 6 days.
8 signs labour is coming soon
- Your baby drops. This usually occurs one to four weeks before your due date.
- Your cervix dilates.
- More cramps.
- Joints feel looser.
- Stop gaining weight.
- You feel even more tired.
- Vaginal discharge.
Always talk to your doctor before trying to induce labor on your own.
- Exercise. Exercise can be anything that gets the heart rate up, such as a long walk.
- Nipple stimulation.
- Membrane stripping.
- Spicy foods.
- Red raspberry leaf tea.
In pre-labour or early labour (the latent phase), you may have:
- Persistent lower back pain or abdominal pain, with a pre-menstrual feeling and cramps.
- Painful contractions or tightenings that may be irregular in strength and frequency, and may stop and start .
- Broken waters.
True labor is contractions with cervical changes. Usually, you'll start feeling Braxton Hicks contractions sometime in the second trimester, getting more pronounced the farther along you go in pregnancy. They can feel like a tightening of the stomach, as your abdomen (or rather the uterus) gets hard for no reason.
Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the length of a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.
The signs that labor has begun include:
- Increasing vaginal fluid (discharge) that is mucus-like and thick, or maybe slightly bloody. This is also sometimes referred to as bloody show or mucus plug.
- Baby drops, or rather moves lower inside your belly.
- Belly cramps or low back pain.
- Your water breaks.
- Contractions begin.
Pregnancy lasts for about 280 days or 40 weeks. A preterm or premature baby is delivered before 37 weeks of your pregnancy. Extremely preterm infants are born 23 through 28 weeks. Moderately preterm infants are born between 29 and 33 weeks.
Growth chart: Fetal length and weight, week by week
|Gestational age||Length (US)||Weight (US)|
|37 weeks||19.13 inches||6.30 pounds|
|38 weeks||19.61 inches||6.80 pounds|
|39 weeks||19.96 inches||7.25 pounds|
|40 weeks||20.16 inches||7.63 pounds|
First time moms, if left alone to go into labor naturally tend to be pregnant for about 41 weeks and 1 day. Women who've had babies before tend to deliver around 40 weeks and 3 days. Only about 10% of women go longer than 42 weeks. That's average.
Your baby is full term this week and waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, about the size of a mini-watermelon.
Only a small number of women — 5 percent, according to some figures — deliver on their given due date. Traditionally, babies born as much as three weeks before their due dates, or up to two weeks after, have been considered full term.
However, most babies born after about 26 weeks' gestation do survive to one year (about 80 percent of those born at 26 weeks and about 90 percent of those born at 27 weeks), although they may face an extended stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
But labor contractions usually cause discomfort or a dull ache in your back and lower abdomen, along with pressure in the pelvis. Contractions move in a wave-like motion from the top of the uterus to the bottom. Some women describe contractions as strong menstrual cramps.
The earliest a baby has been born and survived is 21 weeks and 5 days. Two premature babies hold the record for this. Usually, the earliest a baby can survive is about 22 weeks gestation. The age of viability is 24 weeks.
The average birth weight of full-term twins (37 weeks or later, compared to 39-40 weeks for singletons) is around 5 ½ pounds each, though one baby often weighs more than the other.
Doctor says 40 weeks which is 10 months technically but you technically are not pregnant on the first day of your last period which is how they estimate how many weeks you are. So knock two or three weeks off that and due date is about right for 9 months.
im 39 weeks how many months is that. Pregnancy is 9.33 months long. If you only have one more week to go, you're just over 9 months pregnant.
40 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound. Your 40-week fetus is continuing to grow hair and nails. And baby at 40 weeks is keeping up that lung development too. Once you've completed a full-term pregnancy and reached 40 weeks, your doctor will likely want to do a biophysical profile.
Your baby's development at 37-40 weeks of pregnancy. At 37 weeks, your pregnancy is considered full-term. The average baby weighs around 3-4kg by now. The lanugo that covered your baby's body is now almost all gone, although some babies may have small patches of it when they're born.
1-4 weeks= 1 month 5-8 weeks= 2 months 9-12 weeks= 3 months 13-17 weeks= 4 months 18-22 weeks= 5 months 23-27 weeks= 6 months 28-32 weeks= 7 months 33-36 weeks = 8 months 36-40 weeks= 9 months The confusion here is that while at 9 weeks you are fully 2 months pregnant and in the first week of your third month of