The 39th week of pregnancy means that your baby is fully mature and ready to be born. Your pregnancy is approaching the final stage: childbirth.
On the one hand, the feeling of fatigue and the desire to quickly take the baby in his arms, on the other, anxiety. It is disturbing not only the moment of childbirth, but also all future life.
Until now, the future parents have little idea of how life will change, what will have to be abandoned, what rules to introduce. In fact, it does not matter, because very soon a child will appear in your house.
Your child is completely viable, all their organs are mature and ready to perform their functions outside the mother’s organism.
This is how your baby looks in week 37
Now it is completely similar to the babies in the photos you must have been fond of in the last months.
Its skin is pink, the hair of a fluff can only be in the folds, in the forehead and in the hangers. The nails extend beyond the edge of the fingers, they are quite sharp.
The weight gain in a child should stop now: it is so conceived by nature that it is easier for the mother to give birth.
The stomach of the mother becomes less and less space, the baby does not move very actively, as if it gained strength before giving birth. Mom will notice a decrease in the activity of the puzozhitel, you should not panic, but you should not lose sight of it either.
Large movements must still be at least 10.
The brain is responsible for the baby’s actions, his perception of the environment. Respond actively to what is happening, learn voices, music.
Ultrasound in week 39 of gestation.
Ultrasound is not required in week 39 of pregnancy. Only in some cases, the doctor can recommend to be examined to determine the position of the fetus, the amount of amniotic fluid, assess the blood flow in the placenta, the length of the umbilical cord, the presence of nodules in it, the entanglement.
The condition of the uterus, the cervix, its degree of maturity and the preparation for delivery will also be evaluated.
What happens in your body in week 39?
The main changes that occur in the body in week 39 are related to the preparation of genitalia for childbirth. The cervix softens and shortens. The softened tissue that connects the bones of the pelvis increases the excitability of the uterus.
All this is necessary so that the baby can pass as quickly as possible, but not traumatically, through the birth canal.
The abdomen is lowered, the presentation part of the fetus is pressed against the entrance of the small pelvis. The pressure on the bladder and intestines leads to a series of inconveniences, but the heartburn and dyspnea, which had previously been tormented, practically disappeared, the general condition of the woman is improving: she can breathe and eat more freely.
The future mother may notice a slight weight loss: the intestines are already working more actively and the bladder is often empty.
Pay special attention to well-being: any pain in the abdomen, the secretion of fluid from the genital tract or the thick, yellowish mucus from the blood can indicate the start of labor. You must not be afraid, giving birth in this term is the norm.
Your feelings in week 39
The closer to delivery, the greater the range of feelings that the future mother can experience. She is afraid of giving birth, but she is waiting for the minute she can take the baby in her arms and hold him to her chest.
It is easier to breathe, but other problems appear, for example, it is difficult to remain seated for a long time, since the baby that is falling tightens the pelvic organs.
In 39 weeks will appear thick yellow stripes with veins of blood. So the mucus plug comes off, which throughout the pregnancy served as a barrier and did not let the infection reach the baby.
Changes in the gastrointestinal tract can be manifested by loose bowel movements and loss of appetite.
Contractions of uterine training are increasingly common. The main thing is not to confuse them with the real contractions.
With true contractions, the intervals between them are reduced, and the duration of each increases with time. The amniotic fluid can escape.
Whatever happens to you in week 39, do not forget to be attentive to your condition.
Discharge of the genital tract
Light milk discharges with a slight sour smell are considered normal at this stage of pregnancy. The appearance of a small mucus impurity indicates discharge of the mucus plug and is also the norm.
The yellow or green discharge with an unpleasant odor should cause alarm: to prevent inflammation in the vagina, now it is impossible, it is a dangerous infection for the fetus and the development of postpartum complications.
The detection of spots is also a bad sign, as a general rule, it appears when placental detachment occurs and requires immediate medical intervention.