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Pregnancy at Week 39

Pregnancy at Week 39
Your Body at 39 Weeks Pregnant

You're almost there! At this point, you could go into labor at any time. Make sure you have your hospital bag and your birth plan ready.

Remind yourself to do daily kick counts in order to verify that your baby is doing well. Also, remember to continue with the perineal massage, if you chose to do it. You will start to become more uncomfortable, due to the baby being lower in your pelvis. Frequent trips to the restroom and trouble sleeping are quite common. Taking a nice warm shower and drinking some warm milk before bed can make you more relaxed and help with sleep.

If your baby is still breech or you’ve had a previous cesarean section, and have chosen to have another one or have been advised against a VBAC, your cesarean section should be performed at this time.


Your Baby at 39 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is now the size of a watermelon at about 19 3/4 inches (50.5 cm) in size and weighs a little over seven and a quarter pounds (3.3 kg). He’s starting to come down into your pelvis, and his movements continue to be softer.

Checklist at 39 Weeks Pregnant

With only a week or less left, there's a lot to do befoer the baby's born. Here's a checklist of items to do to prepare for your litte one's birth.

Perineal Massage: If you’re choosing to do perineal massage, it’s time to begin.

Hospital Registration: It’s also time to register at the hospital or birth center where you will be delivering. Take a tour; you’ll feel more comfortable when you arrive on the big day.

Birth Plan: Finish your birth plan and remember that no birth goes exactly according to plan. The most important plan you can have is to be kind to yourself however your birth experience turns out. Remember: you are one amazing woman: you’ve created a baby.

Pack Your Hospital Bag: Here are ideas from other moms. Don’t forget the champagne, bubbly cider or sparkling water!

Choose a Pediatrician: Your baby should have a pediatrician prior to delivery, so ask for recommendations and make sure that the pediatrician you choose is accepting new patients. Your pediatrician should not only be someone with great credentials, but someone you’ll feel comfortable talking to about your child in the years to come. For five things moms say to look for in a pediatrician, read our article, here.

More Shopping: Finish buying things for the baby (and for you): Check out our list of mom-recommended new baby essentials and what you may need in your nursery’s first-aid kit.

Install your infant car seat: Contact your local police station, fire station, or hospital to see if any of these locations can provide someone to check the installation of your infant car seat. The installation is harder than it seems and it’s worth a double check. Remember, the hospital won’t let you leave without an infant car seat for your baby.  

WIC: Sign up for the U.S. Government Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program if you’re planning to use it.  

Maternity Leave: If you work, determine your plan for taking maternity leave, and get the forms ready.  

Umbilical Cord Blood Storage: Now would be a good time to talk with your partner and your doctor about the option of umbilical cord blood storage.

Circumcision: If you’re having a boy, decide if you are going to have him circumcised and let your health care provider know. 

Tubal Ligation and Birth Control: If you’re planning to have a tubal ligation, let your health care provider know and sign the necessary forms. Otherwise, think about which type of birth control might be right for you after delivering. Here’s a list of safe birth control for nursing moms.



The preceding information was adapted from The Pregnancy Companion.
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