Lots of important things are happening to your baby in the last few weeks of pregnancy.
- Important organs, like your baby’s brain, lungs and liver, are still developing and growing
- Your baby’s eyes and ears are still developing, too. Babies born too early are more likely to have vision and hearing problems later in life.
- Your baby is still learning to suck and swallow. Babies born early sometimes can’t do these things.
Thirty-nine weeks gives babies all the time they need to grow before they’re born. Talk to your doctor about things you can do to help you and your baby get to at least 39 weeks. Births scheduled before 39 weeks should only be for medical reasons.