39 Weeks Pregnant: Tips & What to Expect

Thirty nine weeks and mom and baby are both waiting for the D-day. This week, your baby is about the size of a small pumpkin. His brain is still developing even as you start experiencing definite signs of labor.

Your baby

Congratulation! This week, you’ve got what is known as full-term baby. Your little one weighs about eight pounds and measures about 21 inches. He won’t be growing further, but his brain is still growing and developing at a fast rate.

Baby’s tear ducts haven’t opened for business

There is truth to the rumor that baby’s cry a lot. But what you don’t know is that baby won’t be producing tiny tears when crying because their tear ducts are not fully developed and open for business.

Although you will be consoling him from the start, it will be until the first month that you will be seeing those tears.

Baby has white skin

Your little one’s skin has changed from pink to white. This is because a thick layer of fat has been deposited over blood vessels, making baby’s skin kissably and pinchably round.

Your body

At 39 weeks, the end of your pregnancy and a new beginning is near. By now, you are likely feeling uncomfortable as you lug around with your heavy uterus. Your pelvis is also aching as your little one moves down.

This week, you are likely to experience heavy Braxton Hicks contractions are increasing in frequency and strength. That’s a good sign because it shows that your body is preparing for the big day.

Signs of labor

This week, you should be watching out for early signs of labor like the water breaking, nausea or diarrhea and the loss of mucous plug. Many pregnant women experience these signs just before labor starts. The last sign that you will experience before labor starts is the bloody show, but don’t   wait for it eagerly because it’s not a guarantee.

Pregnancy tips

  • Is your car in perfect condition? Does it have gas? You need to make sure that your ride to the birthing center or hospital is ready.
  • Remember that your body is supporting a full-grown human; therefore, make sure that you get enough sleep.
  • You may also feel pains shooting from your vagina down to your legs. This shouldn’t worry you because it’s just a lightning crotch caused by baby exerting pressure on your pelvis nerves.

Common symptoms

Braxton Hicks contractions

These contractions may be increasing in frequency and strength. Braxton Hicks are very common in the second trimester but if you haven’t experienced one yet then you shouldn’t be worried.

Indigestion or heartburn

You may be feeling heartburn this week. But you shouldn’t worry because relief is just around the corner. Just drink a lot of water before or after your meals.

Mucous plug

Your mucous plug may fall out into the toilet. You should however know that losing your mucous plug doesn’t mean you are hours away from the D-day.