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Pregnancy week 39 wellness guide

Week 39

Your body

changes in the body

What to expect

You feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen and may have severe back pain. On the other hand you could also have bursts of energy. There is likely to be a lot of vaginal discharge. If there is a small blob of mucus, it is likely to be 'show'. It is natural to feel anxious - when am I going to deliver?

Baby size

Honeydew melon - Week 39 size guide

What to expect
Your baby is about the size of a large green watermelon - approximately 48 cm long and weighs 3 kilos.

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Your baby is full term – Congratulations!

Baby has acquired birth weight and length and does not grow anymore. However, the nervous system and brain continues to develop rapidly. Baby even has eyelashes!

Taking care

Pregnancy week 39 wellness guide

Tips
Look out for signs of labour, such as -

  • Breaking of water or rupture of the membranes
  • Diarrhoea or nausea, which many women experience just before the onset of labour
  • Spurts of energy or nesting instinct
  • "Show", that is, the loss of the mucous plug (which seals the opening of the uterus)
  • Bloody show - streaks of blood

At this stage -

  • Keep track of foetal movements.
  • Learn how to differentiate between Braxton Hicks and labour contractions.
  • Keep practising relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • You may be advised (very likely in India) induction of labour by your doctor. In many other countries, doctors advise this procedure after 40 weeks.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions you may have
  1. I feel contractions. Are these labour pains? When do I need to go into hospital?
  2. What are the emergency signs I should look out for?
  3. How painful is labour!? Can I take medication for the pain?
  4. Is it okay to eat or drink during labour?
  5. Do I have to stay in the hospital? How many days will that be? Can somebody from my family be with me in the hospital?
  6. What do I need to bring to the hospital for my baby?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 39 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Keep track of baby's movements
  2. Practice relaxation and breathing techniques
  3. Monitor contractions, foetal movements and level of pain
  4. Keep your hospital bag ready and close to the front door.
  5. Keep emergency and important phone numbers at hand.

Questions you may have

“All new mothers are offered a thorough physical examination for their baby within 72 hours of giving birth. The aim is to spot any problems early so that treatment can be started as soon as possible. Usually, nothing of concern is found. I know that my son’s eyes, heart, hips and testicles were examined.”

“I was frightened of going to the toilet at first because of the burning sensation! I then drank a lot of water and the stinging sensation I was feeling went. I was also constipated for the first few days.

There was some bleeding from my vagina. It was heavy at first and took a few weeks to decrease. The discharge turned brownish before stopping. I also got stomach cramps similar to period pains. I had a normal delivery and did not need stitches because I did not need to have an episiotomy."

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide

Your body

changes in the body

What to expect
Are you having sleepless nights, a little anxiety and leaking breasts. That is not uncommon. You could also be having diarrhoea.

It can be boring and you may be frustrated – you have waited for so long and can’t wait any longer for the big day! Rest assured, your body is preparing for the big day just as your baby is – the cervix (opening of the uterus) is dilating.

There’s a chance you might meet your baby this week! Most women go into labour between 38 and 42 weeks.

Baby size

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a small Watermelon (roughly 48 cms and about 2.8 Kilos).

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby is preparing for birth and is ready to cry! His or her vocal chords have developed. Some  small but important changes like fine tuning of the nervous system are taking place.

Baby has swallowed some amniotic fluid (the fluid in the sac) and that will be his or her first bowel movement.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide

Tips
  • Call your doctor or hospital at any time if you have worries about your baby, such as,  your baby’s movements.
  • You need not worry too much about going past the due date. Only about
    5% of babies are born on their due date.
  • Your mind must be racing with many thoughts and you may be not be able to sleep. Read a magazine or do something that you find relaxing.
  • Wear loose clothing that keeps you cool and comfortable.
  • Go for a walk – gentle and easy without straining your ankles or knees. A gentle walk can help your baby get into position.
  • Practise meditation and relaxation techniques to help you cope with pain during labour.
  • Staying rested, relaxed and positive will help you.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions
  1. Is it okay that my water hasn't broken as yet?
  2. I have high blood pressure. What are the risks I or my baby can have during or just after delivery?
  3. What happens if I go beyond 40 weeks of pregnancy?
  4. What is a caesarean section?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Check and count foetal kicks.
  2. Double check hospital bag is ready.
  3. Have folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  4. Book antenatal appointment with doctor.
  5. List who needs to be contacted to inform that baby has arrived.
  6. Find out the hospital layout -entrance to labour room and which entrance to use after hours.

Questions you may have

“ At this stage, loose bowel movement is nature’s way of making enough room for baby to emerge. After months of feeling constipated it's just the opposite now! Your baby could be born any day! At this point I was asked to drink lots of water and eat lightly.”

“Swollen feet or oedema affects about 75% of pregnant women and usually starts around week 22 to 27 of pregnancy and stays until birth. Mild swelling is harmless and normal. However, if there is excessive and persistent swelling and your blood pressure has gone high contact your doctor immediately.”

Pregnancy week 37 wellness guide

Your body

changes in the body

What to expect
You may notice your breasts leaking some fluid. This is normal. You are also likely to be getting a lot of vaginal discharge. You feel emotional – you have done well and the big moment is to arrive.  Congratulations! Your baby is ready to be born. You may have to wait though as baby may take a few more days or weeks to appear. If this is not your first pregnancy, your baby may not move down until labour. In case you are carrying twins you are likely to give birth this week.

Baby size

Pregnancy week 37 wellness guide

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a Jackfruit (about 47 cms long and 2.8 Kilos in weight)

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby is likely to be head down facing your back. 95% of babies are in this position. Baby is also practising facial expressions, such as frowning, smiling  and silent crying. Not to worry, this is not related to sadness or happiness!

He or she is now big enough and mature enough to survive the outside world. Baby could come into the world any day!

Taking care

Pregnancy week 37 wellness guide

Tips
  • Know the signs that labour may be starting.
  • Know when to go to the hospital.
  • When you're sitting down, try leaning forwards, with your hips above your knees. It's a technique some say can help a baby get into position.
  • Don’t stop drinking water – 8 glasses a day.
  • There are many daily routine things you might be worrying about. Ask a family member to help keep track with you.
  • Establish a routine if you have been advised bed rest. It makes it easier for you and have magazines, books, your phone and the TV remote at arm’s length!
  • Don’t get annoyed if people keep reminding you that you won’t be sleeping well for a long time! They are just trying to be helpful!! You will be getting a lot of personal advice.
  • Learn more about what happens on labour day – this will help you to deal with terrifying thoughts that you may have.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions to ask
  1. What position is my baby in? Is my baby okay?
  2. What are the signs of labour?
  3. I am feeling quite anxious. What do I do?
  4. What are my options for pain relief during birth?
  5. Do I need another scan?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 37 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Make sure of the travel arrangements to get to the hospital.
  2. Have all important telephone numbers in one place and at hand.
  3. Get baby’s items ready – clothing and bedding.
  4. Book appointment with doctor.
  5. Talk about labour and birth with your husband or partner and ask for the kind of support that you would like to get.

Questions you may have

“There are several signs that labour might be starting – contractions, ‘show’ that is when a mucus plug comes away, your waters breaking and a lot of back ache. Most women go into labour within 24 hours of their water breaking.”

“The majority of women don't have an episiotomy. In the early days it was quite common practise believing that it could make delivery easier or to prevent tearing during delivery.

In some cases surgical cuts are necessary, such as, if your baby's heart rate drops and birthing needs to be hurried."

Pregnancy week 36 wellness guide

Your body

changes in the body

What to expect
You are getting aware of the tightening sensations or Braxton Hicks contractions that keep coming. You may not feel like going to your antenatal appointment because it’s such an effort, but make sure you do as it is very important! At your antenatal appointment your doctor will check on your blood pressure, urine, and the size of your bump. You must be wondering or even anxious about what will happen on the day of delivery. Find out from your doctor!

Interestingly, you might feel this urgent need to keep everything tidy, organise the house and clean up. Its normal feelings in preparation for baby to arrive. But don’t overdo it!

Baby size

Pregnancy week 36 wellness guide

What to expect
Your baby is the length of Lettuce leaves (roughly 46 cms long and nearly 2.5 Kg in weight)

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby’s digestive system is fully formed. He or she can suck and digest your breast milk. Baby’s lungs are also fully formed and ready to take the first breath of air. Your baby’s ears are extra sharp and he or she has started recognising your voice and the songs you sing. Overall, your baby’s growth has started slowing down.

Baby looks like an infant with puffy ankles and chubby little legs!

Taking care

Pregnancy week 36 wellness guide

Tips
  • Make sure you attend your antenatal appointment with your doctor.
  • Do some pelvic exercises and keep your hips elevated to help with lower back pain. You can also apply warm compress to your lower back.
  • Take frequent rests between doing domestic chores and as many naps as you can in preparation for the big day.
  • Recognise the signs of labour. Contractions becoming longer, stronger and more frequent can be a sign that labour is starting. When contractions are a regular pattern, coming every 5 minutes and lasting at least 60 seconds, it’s time to go to the hospital!

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions to ask
  1. What are the signs of early labour?
  2. Is my baby in the right position?
  3. Do I need to have a Vitamin K injection just after giving birth?
  4. I get contractions. Am I going into labour?
  5. What are my options for pain relief during pregnancy?
  6. What can I do in preparation so that I can breast feed?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 36 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Take your iron supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  2. Book an antenatal appointment with your doctor and visit your doctor with a family member for your antenatal appointment.
  3.  Find out about breast feeding from your doctor.
  4. Check if your hospital bag is packed and ready.

Questions you may have

“It’s a myth that nursing comes naturally to mothers at birth! You need to know how to position baby, how to know if baby is getting enough milk and when the next meal is due. There is a bit of trial and error. When you first deliver, you will be producing colostrum, which is a thick, yellowy fluid full of vitamins, proteins and minerals to help your baby ward off harmful bacteria and infections. Doctors will advise that you feed your baby colostrum within the first hour of delivery. Ask your doctor more about
breast feeding. ”

“Antenatal classes help expecting mothers and their husbands with relevant information in relation to keeping healthy during pregnancy, what is best for your baby, how to prepare for birth and to explore any fears that women may have around labour and birth. The information helps you make right choices for you and you also get to meet other expecting mothers and couples.”

Pregnancy week 35 wellness guide

Your body

changes in the body

What to expect
You are nearing your term. However, labour starting before 37 weeks is considered premature and baby will need special care in a hospital. You would have started discharging colostrum (first milk, which is yellowish) in preparation for your baby. Colostrum is important for your baby’s protection against infections.

Physically, you could be achy especially with sore ribs and getting severe headaches. Also, wanting to go to the bathroom comes with a feeling of urgency!

Baby size

Pregnancy week 35 wellness guide

What to expect
Your baby is as big as a Watermelon (roughly 45 cms long and 2.2 Kilos in weight)

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby’s skinny arms and legs have got plump. She/he has little space but movements still take place, which you may be able to see. Legs are likely to be curled up.

Baby is continuing to gain weight and will do so until delivery day.

At this stage, baby’s brain is developing rapidly.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 35 wellness guide

Tips
  • You need to slow down now – reduce stress and do not over exert yourself.
  • Lean forwards to completely empty your bladder as much as possible.
  • Practice your pelvic muscle exercises.
  • Step out of the room to get fresh air if it feels stuffy. This can help prevent a throbbing headache.
  • Call your doctor if you notice any significant change in your baby’s movements.
  • Let your doctor know if you are feeling anxious or depressed.
  • Share with your husband or close family members what you would like during birth. Your loved one staying with you and beside you when in labour will be a big support.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions to ask
  1. Do I need a whooping cough injection?
  2. When should I have contraception in place?
  3. How can I prepare for delivery?
  4. When should I go to the hospital?
  5. Is my baby’s position okay?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 35 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Monitor facial swelling.
  2. Get weight checked and assessed.
  3. Have folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  4. Book antenatal appointment with doctor.
  5. Learn what to do first few days of breast feeding.

Questions you may have

“A plan that lists which hospital you want to give birth in, who you want to be with you during the birth, and what facilities you'd like to use. You can also ask your doctor what options you have for pain relief, what positions you could give birth in and then decide. In countries with higher chances of maternal mortality WHO strongly recommends hospital delivery.”

“You are having to make and go through many changes during pregnancy for your little one. Your husband can be supportive by also making adjustments alongside you. For example, to quit smoking and drinking alcohol, be more aware of what happens during pregnancy, go to antenatal classes like the Kushal wellbeing workshops and plan for the day of delivery, such as, arranging transport.”

 

Pregnancy week 34 wellness guide

Your body

changes in the body

What to expect
You may feel that you are about to give birth any minute but it would take a few more weeks.

Walking could feel more difficult and you may need to go to the bathroom more frequently.

You may feel less breathless if your baby has moved downwards to ‘engage’. Also, symptoms such as heartburn and acidity could disappear. Don’t be surprised if all your pregnancy
symptoms vanish overnight. It can happen!

Baby size

Pregnancy week 34 wellness guide

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a Pineapple (roughly 43 cms and 2 Kilos)

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby is starting to ‘engage’, that is, moving head down in your pelvis. Baby is almost at birth length. He/She is shifting around and that makes the shape of your bump change. You may be able to make out your baby’s body part like a little hand or feet from outside!

If baby is a boy, his testicles will descend into its sac this week.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 34 wellness guide

Tips
  • Attend antenatal appointments.
  • Be aware that you could have dry eyes and your vision may seem to have changed or be blurred. These are only temporary and will pass off after birth.
  • Keep the vaginal area dry and clean as you are likely to have increased vaginal discharge which is harmless. Keeping clean and dry will prevent bacterial infections.
  • Stop drinking water for at least an hour or two before you go to bed to prevent frequent trips to the bathroom.
  • Eat healthily, be kind to yourself and rest when you can.
  • Go for gentle walks. This will help you relax and sleep better.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions to ask
  1. My vaginal discharge has turned thick and yellowish. It also has a smell. How can I stop it?
  2. Do I need to get a blood test (for Group B Streptococcus)?
  3. Do I need an ultrasound in the third trimester?
  4. I am getting severe back pain. Could it be because of the position of my baby?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 34 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Count foetal kicks.
  2. Have folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  3. Book an antenatal appointment. 
  4. Make a list of things to pack for the hospital bag.

Questions you may have

“You're likely to feel more relaxed in labour and better placed to cope with the pain if you learn and know more about labour. This makes you feel more in control and less frightened. Learn how to relax, stay calm and take deep breaths. There are yoga breathing exercises which can help. Your position can make a difference – try kneeling, walking around or rocking back and forth.”

“Having a light skinned baby based on what you eat or do when you are pregnant is an old wives tale, a myth. Skin colouring or tone is down to genes. Type of food does not make any difference. Just eat healthy and take your prenatal vitamins. Coconut water can help with hydration!”

Pregnancy week 33 wellness guide

Your body

changes in the body

What to expect
You are expanding! You are also perhaps getting very very tired carrying nearly 2 extra Kgs! You could be feeling your baby’s pokes and kicks more sharply now. You may also be getting very little sleep.You could be anxious and thinking a lot about the upcoming birth – worrying what you need to do before baby comes. That's quite common.

Your baby

Pregnancy week 33 wellness guide

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a Small Pumpkin (about 42 cms long and 1.75 Kilos in weight).

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
By week 33, baby’s brain and nervous system are fully developed. Your baby can make out the difference between night and day. Baby’s bones other than the skull bone are also hardening up. Your baby is gaining weight rapidly, nearly half a pound a week. His or her own immune system is developing, which will help fight off infections.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 33 wellness guide

Tips
  • Make provision for extra space around you e.g. when sitting down at a table, getting into a car or public transport. This is because you are expanding all the time and it is difficult to judge how big you are!
  • Prepare for birth. Get your labour bag packed. Make sure you have all the important numbers stored in your phone e.g. hospital number, your doctors number and full hospital address.
  • Avoid exercising, eating or drinking too close to bedtime. Have a warm cup of milk before going to bed.
  • Have calcium rich foods like milk and yogurt.
  • Test for foetal movement twice a day.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions to ask
  1. What position is my baby in? Is my baby okay?
  2. What are my options for pain relief during birth?
  3. I drink two mugs of tea a day. Is that okay?
  4. I don’t feel any contractions like other pregnant women. Is that normal?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 33 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Make travel arrangements in advance to ensure to get to the hospital in time when in labour.
  2. Book an antenatal appointment with doctor.
  3. Discuss and prepare for labour and birth with husband or a family member.
  4. Telephone your mother or best friend to chat about how you feel and the emotions you are going through.

Questions you may have

“I put in quite a few items, which came handy.

    1. My doctor’s notes, medical records and prescriptions.
    2. Clothes and nappies for the baby
    3. Something loose and comfortable to wear during labour
    4. Spare clothes and underwear
    5. Nightclothes
    6. Super absorbent sanitary pads
    7. Toiletries and towels
    8. Healthy snacks
    9. My medications”

“The majority of women don't have an episiotomy. In the early days it was quite common practice to help make delivery easier or to prevent tearing during delivery. Episiotomies may be necessary only in some situations, such as, if your baby's heart rate drops and delivery needs to be hurried. "

Pregnancy week 32 wellness guide

My body

changes in the body

What to expect
You are gaining a lot of weight now – about 400 gm a week. You will be waddling like a duck or penguin. You may be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions – uterus tightening and hardening from time to time. They stop when you change position.

You may develop pelvic pain, which can be quite severe. It is not about harm to your baby.

You will be having many vivid and strange dreams and daydreams!

Your baby

Pregnancy week 32 wellness guide

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a Tender Coconut (roughly 40 cms long and nearly 1.5 Kg in weight).

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby’s major organs except for lungs are fully formed. Baby has a functioning urinary system and is passing out urine. He/she is practising a lot on how to survive in the outside world – swallowing, breathing, kicking and sucking.  Baby lays head pointing downwards (cephalic presentation). If not, not to worry, there is still time for your baby to turn.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 32 wellness guide

Tips
  • Take frequent rests. It will help you with your tiredness.
  • You may lose your appetite. Be extra vigilant and make sure you have frequent small meals to keep up nutrition levels.
  • Learn the signs of early labour. You will be relieved that all babies born at this stage or later survive and go on to have very healthy, normal lives when attended to.
  • Be aware of signs of premature labour – bleeding, cramping, contractions and leaking of fluid.
  • Consider how you might feel after birth and prepare yourself
      • about stitches you may need as the result of a surgical cut,
      • going to the toilet,
      • bladder control or
      • bleeding that could take place.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions to ask
  1. What are the signs of early labour?
  2. Is my baby in the right position?
  3. Do I need to have a Vitamin K injection just after giving birth?
  4. I get contractions. Am I going into labour?
  5. What are my options for pain relief during pregnancy?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 32 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Have your iron supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  2. Attend your antenatal appointment.
  3. Make a list of questions to ask your doctor.
  4. Find out about which signs you should act upon immediately.
  5. Have your hospital bag ready.

Questions you may have

“Baby will try to settle head down and bottom up position in preparation for birth because it is easier for baby to come out head first during birth. Turning into position can take place right in the end! At week 36 when my little one hadn’t taken position my doctor tried to encourage my baby to take position! Sometimes babies come out bottom first or breech.”

“Contact your doctor immediately, 

      • In case there is pain, swelling or redness appears in the calf muscle of one leg
      • If you have pain in your chest and there is difficulty in breathing
      • There is sudden or very heavy blood loss from your vagina, you feel faint and your heart beat is very rapid
      • You have fever, sore and a tender tummy
      • There is headache, changes in your vision and vomiting

Pregnancy week 31 wellness guide

My body

changes in the body

What to expect
You will have thorough antenatal check-ups like regular measuring of your BP and measuring up your stomach. Your doctor will feel your pregnant belly to work out which way up your baby is positioned. You may have felt your baby move and your belly bump shift downwards – that is baby is getting into position!

You can keep enjoying your sex life.

The end is in sight now! In two weeks you and your baby will go through a final growth spurt.

Your baby

Baby size week 31

What to expect
Your baby is as big as a Coconut (roughly 40 cm long and 1.4 Kilos in weight).

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What. to expect
Baby is processing information from all five senses – sight, touch, feel, taste and hearing. He/she is very active, moving around, sucking their fingers, and doing the odd somersault. But baby is also sleeping more. Physically, baby is getting plumper and looks less wrinkled.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 31 wellness guide

Tips
  • Learn about Braxton Hicks contractions. These are fake contractions that you may be getting. Your belly contracts and tightens up for 20-30 seconds and relaxes again. These are perfectly normal and harmless ‘practice contractions’.
  • Eat well – your baby needs to gain roughly 200 grams a week.
  • Do some simple stretches – this will help take away pain in your neck region.
  • You may be getting all kinds of advice from family and strangers alike – some good and some misinformation. Don’t let these comments worry you or change your mind. Make sure you get correct information from the right sources.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions to ask
  1. I am getting contractions that are painful and coming regularly. Do I need to go to the hospital
  2. My face has swollen up suddenly. I am also getting headaches. Should I be worried?
  3. When should I go to the hospital?
  4. Is my baby’s position okay?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 31 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Get my weight checked and assessed.
  2. Have folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  3. Monitor facial swelling.
  4. Book an antenatal appointment.
  5. Ask what to do the first few days to help with breast feeding.

Questions you may have

“You can still enjoy a healthy sex life and strong connection with your husband. Sex is safe. Try to find a position for sex that is comfortable and satisfying for you and your husband. Lying on your side is often the most comfortable. If you feel pressure on your low back, try tucking a pillow between your knees.”

“A caesarean is a major operation that carries a number of risks, so it should only be done if it's the safest option for you and your baby. Caesareans are either planned or done in case of emergencies. I was anxious about giving birth, so I discussed that with my doctor and he gave me suggestions on how to get support during my pregnancy and labour.”