Congratulations! Your baby is full-term. He is waiting to make his grand debut. He is adding fat, layer over layer, day after day, creating those oh-so-cute chubby cheeks. This last leg of your pregnancy has more concerns for you than your baby.
Looking at the figures this week, your little one weighs between 7- 8 pounds and touches between 19-21 inches. There is no drastic change in the figures since the last few weeks as growth is nearing completion. The brain however grows and develops at an alarming rate both in its size and capacity. This growth will continue even after birth. Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls. The outer layers of vermix and Lanugo are gradually sloughing off. Your baby’s skin appears white which earlier was a pinkish shade.
Do you know that your baby cries in your womb? They cry, many starting at week 28. The only thing is that you cannot hear. You also cannot feel them because there are no tears. The tears ducts start producing tears sometime between the first and second month after birth.
Changes to the Body
You are extremely uncomfortable. The aches and pains are getting on your nerves. Your burgeoning belly feels really heavy and to add the dropping of the baby into the pelvis increases the discomfort in the lower section. It is hard to walk, sit and sleep. You might feel a shooting pain travelling from your vagina all the way down to the legs. It is common and nothing to worry about. You will notice the Braxton Hicks Contractions increasing in their intensity and frequency.
Throughout pregnancy, you will observe an increase in vaginal discharge. As you come to the end of your pregnancy, you need to watch out for the mucous plug; it seals the opening of the uterus and is shed just before birth. It might appear blood tinged and pinkish as the capillaries rupture during dilation and effacement. It is called the bloody show. The shedding of the mucous plug is an indication that labor is soon to follow.
Best Pregnancy Tips for the 39th Week
- You will be visiting your doctor every week now. During these last couple of weeks, your medical practitioner will monitor your baby’s growth and position. He or she might also conduct an internal exam to check the state of the cervix to determine is dilation and effacement has started.
- You should learn the different movements and exercises that will help you ease labor pain.
- Monitor your baby’s movement by counting the kicks and let your caregiver know if there is a slowdown in activity.
- Know what your waters breaking feels like. Some experience a gush of fluid while in others it happens as a slow leak. If you’re not sure, call your doctor. If the membranes have ruptured, but contractions have not started the doctor will likely consider inducing labor.
- It also helps to know the different symptoms of labor. In addition to the waters breaking, you might experience digestive disturbances such as diarrhea or nausea.
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for an emergency ride to the hospital.
- If you still haven’t bough nursing bras and breast pads, you better run to the store and get them. They increase comfort and support especially when you are breastfeeding.
- Take it easy. It is high time you call in somebody to help with the household chores. Take naps whenever possible as you will realize you are feeling more tired due to the heavy weight your lugging around as well as the lack of sleep. One more good reason is because you are going to have less of sleep once your baby’s out and home.