When you’re 39 weeks pregnant, you may perhaps be pensive about the D-day of labor and delivery and what it holds for you. If you’re tempted to be overly worried, even if you’ve a condition of potential complication, don’t worry!
For most expecting moms in pregnancy week 39, this is a time to refresh your mind and learn more about labor and delivery including early labor symptoms, false labor and how to recognize them, true signs of labor, three stages of labor, labor induction (why, when and how it’s administered), pain relief options during labor, labor and multiple births and what to expect when complications do occur and how to cope generally.
Your baby measures a little over 21 inches and weighs between 7-8 pounds in pregnancy week 39 - a time that its growth is generally expected to have slowed down and your weight gain likewise decreases drastically. It continues to kick and punch, its movement will be decrease due to less room to move inside your womb and the movements may be lower.
Your baby continues to build a fat layer, which helps control its body temperature after birth. The outer layer of the skin is coming off, new skins form underneath and the pinkish skin of every baby must have turned white irrespective of the complexion your baby will take soon after delivery.
Your baby’s finger and toe nails have grown to the tips of the fingers and toes by the time you’re 39 weeks pregnant. The arm and leg muscles have become stronger. It’s practicing its lung movements. Your baby’s entire organs are ready to function on its own outside the womb and he or she might drop into your pelvis during this week, in position for delivery.
The placenta will keep on providing your baby with antibodies in pregnancy week 39. These antibodies will help your baby to fight infection for the first six months after birth.
You may possibly feel uncomfortable and quite tired by the time you’re 39 weeks pregnant. You may experience constipation, hemorrhoids, increased urination, varicose veins, itchy stomach, heart burn, increased difficulty in sleeping, bladder pressure, swelling in the ankle and fingers, leg cramps and pelvic pain.
Braxton Hicks contractions may occur more frequently during this period. Note that such contractions are a sign that your body is gearing up for child labor.
As your body gets ready for labor, the muscles may loosen in the rectum, which may cause loose bowel movements. You may even experience nausea, backache among other common symptoms in pregnancy week 39.
At the time you’re 39 weeks pregnant, you should be prepared for childbirth. You need to understand the difference between false labor and real labor. Get acquainted with some simple home remedies can help alleviate your pain and discomforts while understanding the available options and cares you entitle to receive during childbirth.
You can take a warm shower to get a soothing relief from back pain. You need to drink plenty of water at this time to avoid dehydration. Drinking water after taking meals instead of during meals can help you get relief from heart burn.
Rupture of membranes is a sign of labor. If your amniotic sac breaks, call your doctor. Strong and painful contractions at the time you’re 39 weeks pregnant is a sign of labor.
When you’re 39 weeks pregnant you need to find out how to recognize false and real labor including various ways to cope. At this stage you need to relax and keep your calm. Take time out and be in tune with your body rhythms.