Pregnancy- Week 39

How your baby is growing:

Hypothetically you now only have one week to go, your baby is pretty much the same now as he or she will be in a week. A size estimate is about twenty to twenty-one inches and seven and one half to eight and one half pounds. He or she has begun to shed skin cells and is growing new skin right now! In an adult this happens every single day. As far as baby goes that’s about all there is to say, it’s done and so are you. You both are just playing the waiting game now. You’ll be comforted to know that you can’t possibly have more than three weeks left. Almost all doctors will never allow a pregnancy to exceed forty-two weeks. Most in fact are induced if they go even into week forty-one. It’s almost over now!

How your body is changing:

The usual pregnancy symptoms continue this week including indigestion, constipation, heartburn, fatigue, insomnia, very frequent urination, headache, change in appetite, back pain, etc. you know the drill. These will likely be made worse by your impatience and desire to just go ahead and have that baby. The biggest annoyance in week thirty-nine, is having no choice but to just wait and hope it hurries up and happens. Stay busy but stay rested and ready.

How your life is changing:

All you have to do is to have confidence in yourself, remain calm, and prepare yourself for the big day.

You may also want to know:

What happens to you birth after you deliver the baby?
Immediately after your birth you’ll be quickly evaluated for health. Your doctor will make sure that you have birthed the entire placenta and that everything is healthy. If you’ve torn or had an episiotomy this will be sewn up and you’ll be told how to care for it.

You’ll likely want to feed baby for awhile, and many mothers fall asleep at this time worn out from the trials of labor. When you wake up, or after you’re done feeding, if you managed to stay awake you can have a family member/your partner watch baby while you take shower. You’ll definitely want a shower as labor is a messy experience. Fair warning, when you first stand up especially if you fell asleep feeding your new little love, there will be a lot of blood that has pooled in your vagina. Stand up with care and if possible have a panty liner ready. If you did tear or have an episiotomy you’ll need to rinse it any time you go to the bathroom to prevent infection. You’ll be given a small squirt bottle for this.

Whether you tore or had a surgery of some kind or not you will be sore and possibly a bit swollen. Remember to take it easy the first few days after your (giving) birth. Most hospitals (or nursing home) will keep you and the baby for a minimum of twenty-four hours for monitoring.

As far as your body, post partum, you will lose around twelve pounds or so just by delivering and much more water weight as the days go by. Women who have just given birth sweat seventy percent more than other women. Breast feeding will also help you lose the weight. You’ll likely be around the size you were at three to six months pregnant after your labor. Keep in mind that most women don’t fully lose the weight from their pregnancy until nine months to a year after their labor. It took you ten months to put it on; it may take ten months to take it off. Don’t be discouraged and keep working at it.

You may experience a rash of hormone induced symptoms similar to those you had during pregnancy as your body slowly returns to neutral. Your organs which had been pushed and squished by your baby are now moving back to their proper locations. This can cause difficulty holding urine and bowel movements and is temporary. You can continue your Kegel exercises to help prevent this.

For around six weeks after your baby is born you will shed the lining of your uterus like one extended menstrual period. This bleeding varies from woman to woman and time to time. Often in the beginning it is heavy, and chunk filled. Any pieces or clots over the size of a golf ball indicate a problem and warrant a call to your doctor. As the weeks pass the blood will become thinner and lighter eventually turning to plain old white discharge. Discharge may be heavier for awhile after birth. At six weeks you may want to have a post-partum check up with your doctor to check and see that everything went back to normal. This appointment also usually marks the okay to have sex again if you are comfortable doing so. Sex usually isn’t recommended before this point. Don’t worry you’ll be surprised how quickly those six weeks fly by when you are caring for an infant. The first weeks are often sleep deprived, uncertain and full of questions. Be sure you’ve found someone trust worthy to answer you like your mother, grand mother or even your pediatrician.

Speaking of your pediatrician you will need to take baby in for a check up at about one week, this is great time for health related questions. That’s about it, if you’ve had your baby congratulations! If not, see you next week and hang in there!


At 39 weeks you will feel the

At 39 weeks you will feel the mixed feelings you will encounter the excitement and nervous. But it will be all worth when you are in your big day.