What to do when you're 39 weeks pregnant? We'll help you answer all your questions about Pregnancy in Week 39.
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Your Baby in Week 39
Waiting to pop out!
Your baby possibly weighs close to three kilograms now and measures at about 21 inches. You will soon be able to hold the little one in your arms and those tiny little fingers will clutch yours. Once he is born, those tiny fingernails may need a clipping as soon as possible as he may accidentally scratch himself.
At week 39, your cervix is going through a process called “effacement”. What does an effaced cervix mean? Simply put, effacement is the process in which the cervix prepares for birth giving. During the process of effacement, your cervix will become soft, thin and short. As the due date gets closer, your baby will move closer and closer to the cervix.
As your baby continues to accumulate a thin layer of fat under his skin, this is helping him regulate his body temperature and keep it warm. Your baby is also beginning to form new skin cells which are quickly replacing the older ones. Along with this, your baby’s skin has lost its translucence completely and has taken on a pale, white appearance.
Your little baby has now developed little breast bumps, irrespective of your baby being a girl or a boy. While your baby has definitely learned how to cry by now, his tear ducts may not activate up until he reaches his second month in the outside world.
Week 39 Symptoms
Are you spotting blood along with normal white discharge? Don't you worry, your cervix is dilating or opening up.
Your backaches could be real bad now as you are in the 39th week. Have a warm bath and try to relax.
Braxton Hicks contractions
Braxton-Hicks Contractions are like a tightening sensation happening in your uterus. These contractions are practice sessions in order to get your uterus in form to give birth. Do note the frequency and get to the doctor immediately, now that you are 39 weeks.More frequent urination
Do you feel every time you go to the washroom, the baby may just pop out? His head is pressing your pelvis and is making less room in your bladder. Do not cut down on fluids because of this.
Heartburn or indigestion
You may find them unbearable at this stage. Apart from small regular meals, drink lots of water and get out for a walk after meals.
Note that your baby's head is now putting pressure on your pelvis, thus causing all the pelvic pain. If it's too painful, do see the doctor.
Wow! From all that constipation, now you have moved onto diarrhea? Loose bowel movements are a definite sign on labour. Up on your feet, right away!
About this time, your mucous plug may fall out though you may not notice it. It just means that the big moment is just around the corner. Hang in there!
Lesser fetal activity
Are you feeling about 10 movements in couple of hours or less? Remember the baby is grown now and must not be finding enough space to move around.
The much talked about symptom of labour - water breaks! Your amniotic sac breaks and out comes the fluid - this is what actually happens. Don’t worry - for most women it happens when they are already at the hospital for delivery. If not, do get to the hospital right away!
Your Body in Week 39
Not there, yet? Too anxious?
We know that you are probably too nervous and wondering how to kill the anxiety. Why don't you spend some alone time now, you can only dream of some ""Me"" time few weeks from now! You could also recheck the essentials in the hospital bag. Sleep troubles will be getting worse now, try and take naps whenever you can during the day.
We assume that those contractions are coming in bigtime and have left you constantly wondering if it is going to be any minute from now! Well, it really could be any minute now and we hope you and your partner are well prepared. If there are things you should be keeping an eye out for, it is basically the same as last weeks’ symptoms.
All symptoms at this point of time may point to one thing: labor. When labor kicks in but you do not know that it has, it looks a little like this: your contractions are increasing, each one lasting up to about five minutes or more. You will also see a mucus-like discharge from your vagina and will continue to urinate rather frequently. Again, the obvious way to make sure if you are going into labor is when you know your water has broken.
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