Baby In Action at 39 Weeks
There are still many small but significant changes going on with baby this week. He or she is still practicing swallowing amniotic fluid. The brain is continuing to develop and baby is still packing on the ounces.
Did you know that the average first time and second time mother deliver at 39 weeks and 5 days? Meaning there is a big chance that this is the week you will meet your little one. But if not, hang in there! Baby will be here before you know it!
Baby Size at 39 Weeks
Baby is now averaging 7 1/4 lbs and 19.5-20.5 inches long. Baby is the size of a small pumpkin
Your Body at 39 Weeks
Here are a few symptoms women most commonly experience during 39 weeks of pregnancy:
Pelvic Pressure: This happens as a result of baby “dropping”
Swelling: Kick your feet up and rest as much as you can to reduce swelling. Adding lemon to your water will help as well. If the swelling becomes concerning, reach out to your OB.
Trouble Sleeping: A few tips to get better sleep at 38 weeks: turn down the temp to 68-70 degrees, use lavender essential oils and try tampering off on you fluid intake a few hours before bed to prevent constant trips to the bathroom.
False Labor: Watch out for signs that is isn’t quite time. Read more on that signs here.
39 Week To-Do-List
– Read up on the 7 signs that labor is soon approaching. Written by a labor and delivery nurse!
-A common fear amoung woman is tearing during childbirth. Read hear on how you can prevent it.