39 Weeks Pregnant what to expect ? Signs of labor, cramping and discharge are evident We trace the fetal development and other set of symptoms during 39 weeks pregnancy.
Being 39 weeks pregnant means paying more attention to any unusual sensation as childbirth may happen anytime. Women during this week are flooded with mixed emotions. There may be times when she is overpowered by fears regarding labor pains and delivery; and at times, she may seem euphoric by the prospect of cuddling her baby soon. Stress won’t help and could even aggravate the situation. There is no better way to manage the outbursts of mixed emotions than to get plenty of rest. Now, more than ever, it is important to get plenty of rest to help the woman endure the impending labor and sleepless nights ahead.
What to Expect at 39 Weeks Pregnant
- Weight gain
Women on the 39th week of pregnancy may weigh 25 to 30 pounds more than her pre-pregnancy weight. Those who are having multiples could have gained anywhere between 35 to 40 pounds.
- Pregnancy symptoms
The pregnancy symptoms on week 39 are getting more intense. Hemorrhoids, heartburn, varicose veins and constipation get worse. It is not surprising why 39 weeks pregnant women can’t wait have their babies delivered.
- Breakage of the bag of water
Breakage of water or amniotic fluid may occur anytime; it may feel like a sudden spurt of water or a continuous trickle. Whether or not this is accompanied by regular contractions, the woman must head to the hospital/birthing center right away.
- Fetal movement
The baby’s movements slightly slow down on week 39 as space inside the uterus become constricted.
Signs of Labor at 39 weeks pregnant
Labor signs differ with every woman and learning what these are will help her determine if it is time to go to the hospital.
- Consistent contractions
These feel like lower back pain that regularly comes and goes and gradually occur at closer intervals.
- Bloody show
This blood-tinged discharge indicates that the mucous plug has been removed and the cervix is beginning to open up.
- Effacement and dilation of the cervix
A woman will only learn about this following an internal examination conducted by the doctor.
Fetal Development on the 39th Week of Pregnancy
By this stage, the baby is ready for the outside world with all of his/her organs totally functional. The lungs, as well as the leg and arm muscles, have become matured and continue to strengthen. The baby has now reached its ideal birth weight of around 7 to 7.5 pounds and ideal birth length of 19 to 21 inches.
Symptoms of 39 Weeks Pregnant
- Braxton-Hicks contractions
These contractions are more pronounced on week 39 and may be confused as real labor contractions.
- Pelvic pressure
This is also common as the body prepares for the impending labor.
- More vaginal discharge
The increased amount of vaginal discharge indicates that the cervix has thinned and dilated.
Heartburn is more intense on week 39 and can be relieved by drinking plenty of liquids.
Hemorrhoids may not be so painful now but it may aggravate as labor progresses into delivery.
The impending labor results in the loosening of the muscles in the rectum, causing diarrhea.
At 39 weeks pregnant, expectant moms should keep watch for signs of impending labor and save energy to get through the birthing process smoothly.
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