39th week of pregnancy
What you need to know about the 39th week of pregnancy
In the weeks leading up to pregnancy, contractions of the uterine muscles can cause sudden abdominal cramps. It lasts 20-30 seconds and usually does not cause any pain. The idea is that this contraction prepares your uterus for delivery (Braxton-Hicks contraction) . But if the pain is felt with it or it happens after a certain period of time, it may be a sign that the labor has started before the scheduled time. So if this happens, seek the help of a doctor or a health worker at a nearby health center or a trained midwife.
Here are some of the symptoms that pregnant mothers may have this week:
- Sleep problems
- Stretch Marks
- Swelling or bleeding gums,
- Abdominal pain,
- Problems with piles or sudden onset of this problem,
- In some cases mild bleeding from the nose,
- Flatulence and constipation,
- Chest pain when pressed,
- Leg pain,
- Feeling uncomfortable or shortness of breath in mild or slightly hot weather,
- Dizziness or headache,
- Watery or swollen limbs,
- Inflammation or infection of the urinary tract ,
- Vaginal infections, and menstrual infections
- Spots on the skin of the face or other parts of the body.
Things to look out for
Try to stay as tension free as possible at the last minute. Get enough rest Prepare mentally to welcome the unborn child.
Find out which symptoms start after labor
pains Consult your doctor or health worker at the nearest health center to know more about labor pains and delivery preparations. Let family members know where and how the delivery will take place. Take care of everything you need during childbirth, such as loose clothing made of thin cotton cloth, healthy dry food, baby clothes, diapers, etc.
How the fetus is growing
By 39 weeks the baby is about 50.6 cm tall and weighs about 3.3 kg.
Earlier, the baby’s skin was quite clear and thin, but in the last weeks, the outer layer of the skin became quite strong and well-formed. It helps to protect the internal organs and maintain body temperature. The sticky liquid called ‘Vernix’ covers the baby’s skin and helps it to come out easily during delivery. However, sometimes the slippery layer called ‘vernix’ starts to disappear before delivery