The baby weighs 2.8 kgs and 19 inches from head to toe. He continues to add fat under his skin, and he is becoming plump. Baby’s face and sucking muscles are fully developed. By the end of this week, your pregnancy will have come full term, i.e. the baby can be born anytime. Your delivery will no longer be pre-mature.
You will start feeling increased pressure in your lower abdomen and notice that the baby is slowly dropping. This is called lightening/engagement. Your lungs and stomach will feel better — breathing and eating should become easier. Your baby’s skull bones can move relative to one another and overlap while your baby’s head is inside your pelvis. This is called molding; it helps the baby pass through the birth canal. It is possible for babies to be born with slightly misshapen heads but it becomes normal in a few days. While his other bones are relatively stronger, they will continue to harden over the first few years of life.
Most of the baby’s systems are ready for life on the outside. Blood circulation and immune system have developed completely. However, the baby’s digestive system will be mature only after birth. This is because the baby has relied on the umbilical cord for nutrition, and the digestive system has not been operational.