Your Pregnancy At Week 39

by Your Baby Club

Rest Up, You're Nearly There!

Week 39

your baby this week:

Make sure you learn the difference between real contractions and Braxton Hicks as they can feel very similar. A lot of pregnancies are wrapped up between week 39 and 40, so make sure your hospital bags are packed and ready to head out the door, when you feel the time is right.

Your baby will be at their full weight by this point, with just their brain growing by the day, ready to soak in the world and new experiences, sights, and sounds.

your body:

Time to nest. The urge to get your house in order may leave you tempted to climb ladders and fix the leaky roof. Trust us, you are far from invincible at this point and your sense of balance is a little off-kilter - save the high-up jobs for your other half! Feel free to dabble in some light chores if you must, or search for some local cleaning companies online and get someone to do it all for you so you can put your feet up - you’re almost there!

With all this activity, you may be starting to feel some mild contractions as things start to happen. Best advice: unless your waters break, carry on as much as you can. Early labour, especially when it is your first baby, can stop and start. Getting psyched up too soon can leave you exhausted before the curtain even goes up.

These last few days will drag, especially if your baby decides to stay in a little longer. You may also be struggling to sleep, with your mind active and body uncomfortable. Sorry to tell you this, but you're just going to get more and more uncomfortable until the baby is born, as it wriggles and moves into their final head down birthing position deep in your pelvis. Hopefully, you are on maternity leave now and can have a nap in the afternoon and get your feet up to give your back and pelvis a rest.

Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife

Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.


your tips & to do's:

After delivery, you are supposed to experience one of the happiest moments of your life. Right? This is what you've been waiting for... so what happens if you feel sad? "The Baby Blues" refers to a state of heightened emotion, after you give birth, in which you may cry more easily, have trouble sleeping, and feel irritable, sad, or on edge. More than 80 percent of women report feeling blue immediately after giving birth; so, if you feel this way, you aren't alone. You're not a bad mom. And you're not a weak woman.

Sometimes, these feelings may last more than a few days. Postpartum depression, a more severe form of depression, can develop within the first six months after giving birth. Feelings such as sadness, anxiety, and restlessness may even become strong enough to interfere with daily tasks. Though it isn't known for sure what causes postpartum depression, many medical professionals believe hormones play a big role. (And once again, thank you, dear hormones!) During pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone hormones increase greatly; but in the first 24 hours after delivery, they rapidly drop back to non-pregnant levels. This fast change in hormone levels can lead to depression.

You should contact your healthcare provider if you still experience these mood swings or feel depressed one week after the birth of your baby; if you feel you are unable to cope with daily activities in your life, such as caring for your newborn or older children; and if you have strong feelings of depression or anger one to two months after childbirth, have trouble sleeping, or have suicidal thoughts.

Please remember, if you experience any of these symptoms, you aren't alone. Support is available. Counseling, antidepressants, and hormone therapies are just a few examples of effective treatments available, should you experience postpartum depression.

Recording your birth story is a gift to yourself, and to your child. When you're experiencing these things for the first time, you'll think it's completely unforgettable. And, in many ways, it is. But a few months from now you may find yourself wondering... what time was it, when you first started feeling labor contractions? Or... was your little one 19 inches or 19½ inches long? Life barrels along, with sleepless nights, new adventures, and more, keeping you busy. The details may start to get fuzzy around the edges.

In those early days after the birth, in between those initial feedings and while your little newborn is sleeping, write down your birth story. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. You aren't writing for a national magazine or aiming for any bestseller lists. Simply create a snapshot of the moment, because your life will have forever changed. Someday, your child will be able to see what you were thinking and feeling during their first moments on earth.

Some questions to consider... What are some of the details of your conception and pregnancy? Was it an easy journey? What were some of your challenges during conception and pregnancy? What were your thoughts and feelings in the days leading up to birth? Was your labor scheduled or unexpected? What were you doing when you first realized you were in labor and having a baby? Who was with you? Who was there and with you at the hospital, or in your delivery room at home?

List some details, like the names of your doctors, midwifes, doulas, and/or nurses. The time of delivery. Your baby's weight, length, Apgar scores, etc. What was the funniest moment of the day? The scariest? The most touching? What were your thoughts and feelings when you finally held your new baby, in your arms for the first time? These details, combined with photographs, will be a keepsake to treasure for years.

You can even begin to answer the pre-birth questions right now, in your pregnancy journal, before you forget!

your symptoms

Pregnancy is exhausting, but when you hold that little baby, you'll realize it was all entirely worth it. Here is a list of symptoms you may experience during week 39.

  • Constipation and/or hemorrhoids
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Stretch marks
  • Sweating
  • Heartburn
  • Braxton Hicks
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Backaches and/or leg cramps
  • Swelling or bloating
  • Crazy dreams
  • Nesting

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