39 Weeks Pregnant – What Happens When You’re 39 Weeks Pregnant
Welcome to your 39th week of pregnancy! It’s almost time! You must be getting very excited to meet baby. If you haven’t already, it’s time to make those final preparations, not only for your stay in hospital, but for those first few days after coming home.
If you haven’t made final preparations with your employer, be sure to do so right away. Any day could be your last at work for some time. If there is paperwork to be signed for your maternity leave, sign it now. Go home from work every day assuming you won’t be back tomorrow.
At home, it’s a good idea to stock up on groceries. If friends have asked what they can do to help, ask them to plan to bring over dinner on one of the first few nights after you arrive home from hospital. You may feel a little uncomfortable about asking, but if they’ve offered to help, they’ll be happy to do it for you. And, once you’re home with a new baby, you’ll be very happy that you don’t have to worry about meals.
Make arrangements for child care for other children, or pet sitting for pets, if needed. Discuss with hubby whether he will spend the night in hospital with you or if he’ll come home. Most hospitals have sleeping accommodations in labour and delivery rooms for husbands.
Your Body at 39 Weeks of Pregnancy
You’re seeing your doctor every week now, so he or she has no doubt advised you as to how close your body is to being ready to deliver. Still, it’s important to note that labour symptoms can have fairly sudden onset, so you should be ready for a change in your body’s state at any time.
Unless you have started to show signs of labour, your body is essentially feeling more of the same. You may have swelling, particularly if the weather is warm. In addition, you may be feeling tired and cranky, with aches and pains, along with those Braxton-Hicks contractions. Those are likely getting pretty old now, since you’re probably hoping for real contractions.
Keep watching for signs of labour, but take the time to have a little fun, too. Your life is about to change dramatically, so now is a good last chance to get out, so long as your body is cooperative. Have a date night with hubby, or a girl’s night out with your friends. Not only is this likely the last chance you’ll have to do this for a while, but it will also take your mind off the constant nagging about when the baby will come. Watch the spicy food if you’re having trouble with heartburn.
Your Baby at 39 Weeks of Pregnancy
Your baby’s weight is likely somewhere between 3 and 4 kg now, and she is anywhere from 47-53 cm long. Babies grow little in length during the last couple of weeks, but she will continue to put on weight until the very end. Her fingernails are growing, and if she waits much longer to make her debut, she’ll need a bit of a manicure on day one.