Time seems to be going by very slowly now, doesn’t it? That’s good! After all, a pregnancy is considered “to term” – or ready – after 39 weeks. Hold on just a little longer! Your little one’s cranium bones aren’t completely merged yet specifically to help facilitate its passage through the vaginal canal. These bones gradually unite throughout the first year of life. The “practice” contractions are probably happening a bit more frequently. Your baby needs some more body fat in order for its heat and cooling system begins working well when he/she is living outside the controlled temperature in the womb.