39 Weeks Pregnant Signs of Labor
The Baby on Your 39 Weeks Pregnant Bump
Baby at 39 weeks is already considered full term. He is in fact; ready to be out in the world. But since the signs of labor are not coming out yet, your baby just keeps on acquiring more fats. He needs it to have his temperature controlled when the moment he is born. Most 39 weeks babies are approximately 20 inches in length and more than 7 pounds in weight. His is as heavy as a small watermelon. Boys usually weigh more than girls. His skin is shedding off and it’s because a new layer is emerging.
Your Life at Pregnancy Week 39
At this point, you visit your doctor on a weekly basis. An abdominal exam will be recommended in order to know the development in your baby and his position. An internal examination may also be performed to check on your cervix. At 39 weeks pregnant, there is a possibility that your cervix is already showing signs of softening, thinning and dilating.
Although these tests can be used to know whether or not you are about to give birth, the medical staff still cannot dictate when you are about to labor. Supposing you did not give birth on your due date and 40 weeks have already passed, your doctor may ask you to undergo fetal testing which is commonly done by ultrasound. In most cases, induce labor will be advised especially when the pregnancy has been overdue for a week or two.
How to Cope with the Waiting Game
Spend your waiting days by keeping an eye on the movement of your baby. It is very important to let your doctor know if your 39 weeks pregnant belly resident suddenly slows down. At 39 weeks, your child is should be at his most active and he should remain that way until he is born. It is also a must to learn the signs that come with broken water. When your amniotic sac has finally ruptured, labor is just around the corner.
What Happens to Your Body Right After Your Child Is Born
Your labor and delivery will happen in a snap of a finger but your body’s recovery does not work that way. It will take a while before you can actually say that you are back to your old self. It’s important that you maintain a positive outlook even if the changes in your body during and after pregnancy do not look and feel pleasant. Keep in mind that your body has been through it for nine months and everything that has changed in that period also needs time to get back to its usual form.
You will start warding off those extra pounds immediately after childbirth. However, do not expect that your pre-pregnancy figure will get back this instant. Most moms who have given birth to a child whose weight ranges from 7 to 9 pounds, lose 12 pounds after pregnancy. You’ll get rid of around 4 pounds more after a week.
Expect to have postpartum bleeding and discharge. This experience with lochia is a condition that will bring you the same feeling when you have a heavy period. Your blood has increased approximately 50 per cent during your pregnancy and your body needs to eliminate excess blood. Lochia is a part of postpartum stage and it will only take days to diminish.
After giving birth, you will experience mood swings and these are somewhat different from the ones you had when you were pregnant. This one is more of feeling exhausted and sleep deprived. This will last for around a couple of weeks. If you know about this matter before you give birth, you can have your spouse and your loved ones ready for it. While you are being emotional, you need to be surrounded by people who will not aggravate your sentiments.
Signs of infection like fever, abdominal pain and having foul-smelling discharge can transpire after giving birth. If this happens, immediately seek help from your doctor. The most common kinds of infection that women acquire after giving birth are Mastitis or breast infection, endometritis, urinary tract infection, and an infected incision.