Week 39 of Your Pregnancy

38 weeks pregnant

14

Days to go

3.2

kgs
Keep going. You’ll find something useful below.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Few of the symptoms which you may notice at 39 weeks are:

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Water Breaks

As you get closer to your deilvery, it becomes vital to understand the signs of a water break and the right signs which indicate when you must rush to the hospital for delivery. Through your pregnancy, your little bean is cushioned within a little sack filled with amniotic fluid. As your body get near to delivering, the sack ruptures, releasing the fluids. For some women, water breaks can be in small amounts, while for others it can be a full gush.

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Cervical Dilation

You will delivery any time now, and cervial dialation will indicate when the time is right. Once you admit yourself for delivery, your OBGYN will check when the time is right depending on how dilated you are. In the weeks approaching delivery your dilation will measure at about 6 cm, when you are in active labor, it can be 7 to 8 cms, and moments before delivery you will dilate to about 10 cms.

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Backaches

Again, growing uterus is responsible for causing back pain in some pregnant women. As your uterus grows and stretches, the centre of gravity shifts causing pain on your lower back. In addition, the expanding uterus can also sometimes put pressure on a nerve resulting in back pain.

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Vaginal Gush

If you experience discharge during late pregnancy that looks like boogers, you might be losing your mucus plug. Sometimes it comes out in one blob, but often it comes out in bits and pieces. This could indicate you're going into labor

Baby's Development

How big is your baby?

Baby’s Length: 21.5 inches(54 cm)
Baby’s Weight: 3.2 kgs

Baby’s decent through the uterus

Baby is completely descended and since it’s touching your sensitive areas, you will have blunt sensations in your pelvic area.

Baby’s Skin

Skin pigmentation would be clear now, maybe white or grey by now.

Baby’s Hands & Legs

Hands and legs are almost like tied, and it may try to twist or turn a bit.

Others

Baby might also be holding umbilical cord tightly and may not leave it.

Meconium (a dark green substance) would be swollen by your baby now.

Your's Changing Body

Fluid retention is common during pregnancy, especially at the later stages. By the power of gravity, this fluid retention, also known as edema happens in your legs and feet, causing swelling. Your ever growing uterus also puts pressure on your legs, cutting down the blood supply and leading to a fluid build-up.

Your ever-expanding uterus continues to put pressure on the surrounding ligaments which causes round ligament pain. For most pregnant women, this type of pain continues through the marjority of 2nd and 3rd trimesters and is nothing to worry about.

Having to toss and turn all night and finding that you cannot catch the much-needed zzzs? You will have to wait until you deliver, or maybe until your little one has grown a little. Sleeplessness happens due to many factors and is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. Try to relax even if you don’t feel sleepy. Practice some breathing exercises and meditation -throughout the day to help you through this phase of insomnia.

Do you feel your heart racing like a formula F1 car? Don’t panic. You are not getting a heart attack!. Your heart is overworking trying to accomodate all the increased blood flow as your body tries to support your little bean in every possible way.

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