Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Week 39
You may now be counting days and even hours! You just want to get the baby out. After all, you have been pregnant for so long. Now you wish to breathe freely. There aren’t many changes in your body this week. However, you still may be feeling huge and uncomfortable. Make sure you keep tabs on early signs of labor such as blood discharge, increased contractions, water breakage and even the loss of the Mucus plug.
The baby is the size of an average watermelon now! It keeps growing, despite being so crowded in there. The baby weighs around 6.2 to 9.2 pounds and measures about 18.9 to 20.9 inches. Your little one is also capable of flexing his limbs now. The brain is still rapidly developing. So the little pooch is getting smarter by the week! The nails may also extend past its fingertips.
You will not experience many changes in your body. In fact, you are stable this week. Make sure you discuss options for delivery with your health care provider.
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 39
Some of the most common symptoms during week 39 include false labor and water breaking. The false labor starts in the front of your body and ease up when you switch positions. You will come to know its real labor when they start at the top of your uterus. The real labor gets more frequent. The water may break and you must call your doctor. Do it as soon as you think you could be leaking amniotic fluid. The heartburn will become frequent. Hemorrhoids, pelvic pressure and shortness of breath will keep you occupied.
Take adequate amount of calcium, vitamin c in your diet. Also take folic acid, iron and calcium supplements to keep yourself healthy and aid development of the baby.
This is the right time to know the best and quickest route to your hospital. You must also know how long it precisely takes to get there at various times of day. In case, you have crossed your due date, then you may begin to feel a little disheartened. Don’t worry, only 5 per cent of the babies are born on their expected due date. It is usually safe, if your baby is slightly overdue..