— Time to take enough rest, prepare for the baby and consider the future!
There is only one week to go! You are already considered as full-term, so you can deliver the baby anytime. As your uterus is highly stretched to accommodate your growing baby, there is very little space available for the baby to move around. Lack of space in the uterus can make very less fetal kicks and movements. Not only the baby is scrunched, but also your internal organs have very less room to accommodate.
You may have more frequent prenatal visits from this week that is 2-3 times a week until the delivery. During each visit, your care provider will perform an abdominal exam to check the baby’s position and also his/her overall wellbeing.
Symptoms experienced by a 39 weeks pregnant woman:
Most of the pregnancy discomforts that you are feeling now have already appeared during the earlier weeks, such as constipation, hemorrhoids, swelling, heartburn, indigestion, increased urination, and varicose veins.
When you are 39 weeks pregnant, you may probably feel clumsy, huge and highly uncomfortable. Your due date is only a few days away and it is normal to feel excitement or fear from the labor or even both. There are lots of questions running in your mind such as, will there everything be okay or will it hurt you a lot? These anticipations will develop and the day may feel exceptionally longer.
Breathing will become even difficult during pregnancy week 39 as there is very less room for the lungs. Your stomach has also very less space, so you are able to eat smaller meals several times a day rather than a usual meal.
Physical changes that occur in a 39 weeks pregnant woman:
For 39 weeks pregnant women, it is especially important to watch for the labor signs. Remember that there is no need to be panic every time you experience a jerk in your belly. You may already become very much aware of those false labor contractions and how they are different from true labor pains.
Even you don’t know how false labor and true labor pains are different from each other, no problem. Here you will know:
False labor contractions cause pain in your lower abdomen, whereas true labor contractions begin with intense pain in your lower back and gradually radiates around the abdomen. False contracts are irregular and they come and go. Also, they subside when you change the position. But real contractions continue to increase in severity and they won’t subside even you change the position or do something else.
Also, you should pay attention to mucus passage or water breaks. If you don’t observe any of these things happening with you, don’t worry because only five percent of women give birth on their specified due date. Concentrate more on the activities you enjoy and don’t think about the labor too much as you will surely know when it comes.
Taking enough rest and also frequent naps during the day time is very much essential because you may not have sufficient sleep during the nights.
Fetal changes that occur in a 39 weeks pregnant woman:
When you are 39 weeks pregnant, the baby is 21.5 inches long and up to 7 pounds weight. Development of all the baby’s organs is completed and now the baby is perfectly ready for the life outside the womb.
You may notice a slight difference in your baby’s heart beat and you can notice this during your 39 weeks pregnant ultrasound. Now the 39 weeks fetus almost looks like a newborn.
Baby’s finger nails now extend beyond the finger tip. Lungs are almost well developed and the fat deposition continues until the birth.
The baby is now facing head down position in almost all pregnant women including first-time mothers-to-be. Dropping means that baby’s head will move little down into the pelvis, almost near to the birth canal.
In case the baby is in head-up position, then it will be difficult to give vaginal birth. Usually, this position is called as breech position. Even you can consider vaginal birth with the head-up position, but only under the hands of an expert obstetrician. During this case, most doctors will recommend a cesarean section.
Make sure to pay attention to the baby’s movements. If you notice any sudden decrease in baby’s movements, immediately call your care provider.
What care should be taken by a 39 weeks pregnant woman?
Not standing or sitting for longer hours, taking enough rest, avoiding strenuous activities and relaxing for most of the time will make the labor process easier.
Most of the women have a doubt of delivering that much bigger baby from the small birth canal. During pregnancy, your vaginal muscles can easily stretch and accommodate space for the baby to enter into the outside world.
In case the baby is not fitting properly or there is too much tearing of the vaginal area, then the doctor can perform a procedure called episiotomy. During this procedure, an incision is made between the vagina and anus. Most obstetricians use this procedure to avoid excessive splitting.
For women who don’t want this procedure can consider perennial massage before the labor. This massage helps to stretch the muscles around this sensitive area.
Have a wonderful journey of pregnancy!! Go on to know more about the exciting things during pregnancy week 40…