39 Weeks Pregnant (Fetal Age 37 Weeks)

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39 weeks pregnant, your baby's development inside your womb is completed. Science can still not answer what the trigger is for labor to start; all we know is that within a few weeks, you will without any doubt give birth to your baby.

Take your time to rest and practice breathing and relaxation and to complete your birth plan if you haven't already.

Feeling heavy and uncomfortable? If you are curious on how other moms are feeling at this point, find pregnancy week 39 diaries here. (And share your own feelings too!)


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Your Baby

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39 weeks pregnant, your baby may very well come to day - or in three weeks! There are many babies who are born within a 2-week period of this proposed time, so keep in mind that the big event can happen at any moment!

The size of your baby can vary from person to person, but typically your newest family member will range in size from 7 to 7.5 pounds in total during this week. Some infants will slow their growth down now while others may continue to put on a few extra ounces during these last few days on the inside.

If this is your first child then you may be curious as to how long they will measure or how much they will weigh. Other mothers who have experienced a birth previously may find a pattern with their previous children in size at delivery and may expect the same from an upcoming birth.

Remember that each baby is different and is as individual as any one of us.

If you want to learn about what a newborn baby might look like, you'll find information here.

 

Mom's Body

The upcoming arrival of your newborn baby is an exciting time for everyone involved. Preparations must be made in order for the entire process to go smoothly.

Having your bag packed for the hospital with all of the necessities required is just one of the many steps you can take in order to prepare yourself and your partner for the big day.

Another step, which is good to complete when 39 weeks pregnant, is to have your birth plan prepared to avoid any confusion in the delivery room. Having open communication between birthing partners or support persons is essential for the laboring mother in order to be clear on what is expected or wanted for her during this process.

Some women find themselves extremely uncomfortable during this time of pregnancy, with hemorrhoids, heartburn, swelling of the hands and/or feet, pelvic pain or even tender or swollen breasts. How has your body changed during pregnancy? Share in this quick poll.

While most of these symptoms may be relieved shortly after birth, others may require some attention such as creams in order to help alleviate discomfort. Be sure to talk to your doctor or health care provider if you are experiencing any further complications after the birth of your baby or during these final weeks where you may need help.

Baby blues or post-partum depression can occur at any time after the birth of your baby and has been known to increase with subsequent pregnancies. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about how you may be feeling after the birth of your new baby.

While some symptoms of blues will decrease over time once hormone levels are regulated, other women find themselves engulfed in a larger scale depression and may require medication to help them during this time. It is imperative that if you feel any unsettling emotions to discuss this with your doctor so that if the need arises you will have access to the help and support you need.

Visit our section about giving birth here.

39 Weeks Pregnant Video

If seeing means believing for you; watch this video explaining pregnant week 39 in pictures and words.

Diary of a Daughter

What's it really like being 39 weeks pregnant...? Here's a true diary from a 39 weeks pregnant mom-to-be. (Me..!)

Diary Of A Daughter

Home from hospital with our daughter. I'm a bit sore, but that's all. The breastfeeding is going pretty well, but hurts.

So far, our baby just sleeps. But I don't. I wake up all the time check on her. She is adorable!


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References:
MayoClinic (2011), Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008) The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
Nilsson, L; Hamberger, L. (2004) A Child Is Born.
Soderberg, L. (2010) Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.

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