You may begin to experience signs of labor at the 39th week of your pregnancy. You now have what is technically considered a full-term baby. He probably weighs between seven and eight pounds and can measure anywhere between 19 and 21 inches.
What to Expect with Physiological Development
Your baby isn’t going to grow much more before birth. However, his brain is developing at an incredible pace. This will continue at this pace for the first three years of his life as well.
After your baby is born, he’ll cry a lot. Crying is the one way babies can let their mother and father know what they want, which is basically food, comfort, or a diaper change. After the first month, though, the tear ducts will begin to develop and produce tears.
Your 39 Week Ultrasound
At the week 39 ultrasound, if your doctor recommends it, you won’t notice it, but your baby’s skin will have switched from pink to white. It doesn’t matter what color your baby will be after birth.
You’ll be able to notice many of the common features you expect from your baby during this ultrasound. His nose, ears, fingers, toes, and everything else will be much more clear to see on the ultrasound.
Changes in You
At 39 weeks pregnant, the end is in sight. It could be a matter of days, hours, or another week or two before you go into labor. You probably feel uncomfortable, have to use the bathroom frequently, and be dealing with Braxton Hicks contractions. These Braxton Hicks contractions will also increase in frequency and intensity.
While that can certainly be frustrating to deal with, it’s getting your body ready for labor.
What You Should be Doing
You should be paying attention to the signs of labor. Water breaking, diarrhea and nausea, incredible spurts of energy, and more can all indicate potential signs of labor.
Now is also the time to begin discussing birthing processes, including natural birth and cesarean section. Some women prefer caesarean section, even though doctors fully recommend going through the natural birthing process unless there is a medical issue that makes us dangerous to the baby or the mother. If you have any concerns or questions about the birthing process, now is the time to talk about it with your doctor.
Ending Week 39
Learn to relax as much as you can. Listen to soft music, read out loud, and do other things that can help your baby also relax. Right now it’s just a matter of playing the waiting game.