You're 39 weeks pregnant! It’s almost time! You must be getting very excited to meet baby.
You might be getting lots of interest from family and friends around now, asking if you’ve had the baby. Everyone is excited too, but it can feel like pressure to be constantly on notice. It's ok to generally remind everyone you will inform people of baby’s arrival when it happens.
Stock up on groceries and meals for the freezer to prepare for the first few weeks after baby is born. If friends have asked what they can do to help, a meal donation roster is a good suggestion. Each friend can take it in turns to deliver a home cooked meal in the first few nights/weeks after baby is born.
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. If you haven't planned a post-natal month after birth, now might be a great time to start thinking about it.
If you need to organise someone to care for older children or pets while you are in hospital, check they are still available and have all the details necessary so you don’t need to worry.
Dads might wonder what they will do in the early days after baby is born too. BellyBelly mums have come up with a great list for how partners can help after birth.
39 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
At 39 weeks pregnant your body is essentially feeling more of the same. You may have swelling in the feet and ankles, particularly if the weather is warm. In addition, you may be feeling tired and cranky, ready to have your baby and pretty ‘over’ the whole thing. You are dealing with aches and pains, especially in your pelvis and lower back as your baby settles lower.
It is also likely you are experiencing more frequent and stronger Braxton Hicks contractions. Every little twinge and ache might have you wondering ‘is this it?’ Braxton Hicks contractions are usually irregular and stop after a while, but don’t feel too disappointed, they are a sign that your body is preparing for labour. You won’t be pregnant forever!
You might even be experiencing prelabour at 39 weeks pregnant. This is often called the warm up phase, where your body starts to get ready for the real thing. Prelabour can be tiring if it goes on for a few days or longer. If this is you, try reading about why pre labour sucks for a laugh – who knows, having a giggle might help things along!
39 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
Your baby is continuing to practice breathing and gaining more fat this week. His lungs will continue to produce surfactant this week and that busy brain is still laying down nerve connections. Take some time to talk and sing to your baby, letting him know you are ready to meet him.
Your baby’s weight is likely somewhere between 3 and 4 kg now, around 47-53 cm long, and the size of a watermelon. Babies grow little in length during the last couple of weeks, but he will continue to put on weight until the very end.