How is my baby growing and developing during week 39?

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Your baby is just finishing up development in the womb. The baby is storing more and more fat to prepare for temperature changes outside of the womb. The placenta is important for forming an immune system equipped with antibodies to face possible infections in the next 6 months. It is also possible and safe that your baby may be ready to be born this week. Call your doctor if you go into labor.

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