After tracking your pregnancy week by week, your baby is now absolutely ready to enter this world and get showered with tons of love! So gear up to welcome your bundle of joy already.
Also at Week 39, your baby is almost 3½ kgs and measures about 20 inches. It’s time to keep your hospital bag packed and ready in your car. Don’t forget to include a change of clothes and a toothbrush for your husband. If he is also going to be there for the entire duration, a shower might help him feel comfortable and fresh!
Signs and Symptoms
Watch out for any kind of leaking from the vagina. If you are feeling damp then remember to report it to your doctor.
Your body is starting to prepare for labour now. The release of prostaglandins will help soften the cervix and prepare for it to open.
You will also start feeling more Braxton-Hicks contractions now and they might be more intense.
If you have been weighing yourself on a digital weighing scale, you might notice a slight drop in your weight. This happens as the level of amniotic fluid drops.
Your doctor is also likely to do an internal examination this week to check for any cervical changes.
Consciously practice back-strengthening exercises along with your other prenatal exercises, as delivery followed by breastfeeding can give you backache.
After nine months of nurturing and waiting, you are finally about to hold your baby in your arms! This might make you go through a range of emotions. Anticipation, because the wait is finally coming to an end. A little anxiety because you do not know how labour will treat you and a little fear about the possibility of last minute complications.
Many moms report intense dreams and might wake up feeling that they’ve had a nightmare but may have no memory of the details.
Your baby should be active right till the time of delivery. Keep a pregnancy week by week chart for your baby's movements. If you feel a change in his/her movements, then this could signal that your baby is not completely comfortable and you must report it to the doctor.
Another thing to watch out for is an amniotic fluid leak and whether the fluid is stained with a brownish greenish discharge. If you notice a stain, it means your baby has passed meconium (the first stools). You must immediately report this to your doctor and head to the hospital as your doctor would want to monitor the baby.
Old Wives Tales
Do not get lured by advice on how to speed up labor. From ghee, warm foods to dates in milk and castor oil – advices will now be rampant. Also, let us warn you, the advices will only increase once your baby is born. Eventually, what will work best is keeping a positive frame of mind and trusting your instincts.
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