By Pregnancy week 39, your baby is fully developed and waiting eagerly to come out of the womb.
You are eight months and three weeks pregnant. You will complete your nine months of pregnancy in next week. You’re already a full term in your pregnancy. Now you can expect your delivery anytime soon. It is a time to take rest and stay out worried. As now you may be very eager to meet your baby and don’t want to be pregnant anymore. No matter what it takes!
|A baby is considered full term if born between 39 and 40 weeks, and post-term used to describe babies who are born after 42 weeks.|
You may have frequent visits to your doctor for the check-ups and she will be examining your baby’s growth and development. Read this article to know more about your 39th week of pregnancy.
In Pregnancy week 39:
By this week your baby will not gain much height but few grams will get added to her weight. Your fetus has now a birthing position and can move down a little towards the pelvis which is near to the birth canal. At the same time, you should be attentive about her kicks and movements. If you notice any sudden decrease, contact your doctor immediately as your baby should remain active right until the birth.
You may experience the following changes and symptoms during your 39th week of pregnancy:
Below are the signs which indicates you are going through real labor and not Braxton Hicks. Yes! No more waiting now for your baby. Rush to the hospital immediately.
| Your cervix should be dilated to 10 centimetres, so baby can pass into the birth canal at delivery. |
If you are dilated a bit, your doctor may strip your membranes. This stripping off membranes may trigger labor within hours or days in some women. But in some cases, it is ineffective.
Note: It is absolutely normal at this stage if you are still not experiencing any sign of labor. It may be noted that delivery never happens on exact due date. Only 4% babies arrive on their due date while other babies always pass their due date or born earlier (between weeks 37 and 42). For a first time mom, normally 41 weeks is the final due date i.e. going into labor naturally. Whereas for a second time mom, she may tends to go into labor naturally at 40 weeks.
But if you don’t go into labor naturally, then it will usually be induced between one and two weeks overdue, or even sooner if the doctor deem the risk of waiting greater than the risk of delivering your baby immediately. And if you are so eager to meet your baby, then there are some natural ways too for inducing the labor.
Note: Before using any of the above mentioned methods/ways, kindly consult your doctor. Some of the methods mentioned above have high labor induction, so it shouldn’t be done at home or without proper supervision.
However at this stage, if you have complications then your doctor may recommend a medical induction. Following are the cases where your doctor may induce labor in 39th week of pregnancy (or earlier):
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