Week 39

Your baby’s pulse rate is still quite fast - around 110-150 beats per minute.
Many babies are born with a full head of hair, and some even sport long fingernails. Time often seems to drag in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Try not to get your hopes up too much for an early birth - most babies are actually born after their due date!

Packed and ready to go...

You’ve hopefully got your labour bag packed, but you might also want to think about what clothes you’d like to come home in. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to get rid of those maternity clothes straight away; it can take several months to get your old shape back (or something close to it, anyway). Take your time, and be kind to yourself – don't be fooled by celebrities who seem to bounce back within days, it doesn't work that way for most people!

Are you having an elective caesarean?

If you are having an elective caesarean, then it's most likely scheduled for this week. Why? It's a question of timing: your baby's lungs are fully formed now, but you probably won't have gone in to labour naturally yet.

Remember, even if you're having a caesarean, you can still make a birth plan to let your doctor know your wishes during the birth. Our handy HiPP birth plan template can help make this job easier.