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Pregnancy Week 39

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Your Baby's Development This Week

The baby is now 7-8 pounds usually, and between 19 and 21 inches in length. The skin is less pink and whiter now that fat layer has developed and those blood vessels are less close to the skin surface. Even babies of a darker skin tone are white now, as the pigment has not developed yet. However, it will soon after birth.

The baby is developing a layer of fat called brown fat. This is an important feature, as it helps baby regulate temperature and keep warm. The baby now forms new skin cells to replace old ones. Lanugo, the fuzzy hair on baby has mostly disappeared, but some bits may be found at birth on the shoulders, arms, legs and in creases. Baby has practiced many skills that will be used later include crying, however no tears will be present until a month or so after birth as the tear ducts aren't functional until then.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 39

Your weight gain has probably stalled, and you might even drop a pound or two as labor nears. Your Braxton Hicks contractions are increasing, and as labor is so much on your mind it can be difficult to tell whether your contractions are the real thing or not. If the contractions change depending on your activity, it's false labor. If you were lying still and having contractions and then started moving around and they stopped, it's not true labor. Conversely, if you are moving around being active and feeling contractions, but when you rest, they stop, it's false or practice contractions. True labor will be consistent, get harder and closer together although the time frame varies by each labor. You might have labor that slowly builds over a couple days or just hours. True labor is felt in abdomen and/or lower back, and might be accompanied by cramping, diarrhea, or an upset stomach. It will intensify and become more frequent. Not all labors however have a perfectly consistent pattern, but pay attention to the intensity. That's true labor!

Visit With the Obstetrician

Now is the time to firm up that birth plan and go over it with your doctor. It's important to do it now, because while in the middle of hard contractions you aren't going to feel up to negotiations. Also, labor will go more smoothly if you aren't worried over what is going to happen. Knowing what to expect will alleviate many fears and apprehensions. You should have toured the hospital already, probably during childbirth classes, but if you haven't, do so now. The trip at the end to the nursery will give you a boost in mood thinking how soon you'll be holding your new little one. Discuss what the check in process will be.

Preparing for Baby

A birth doula is a labor helper, someone who guides you, comforts you through the process of childbirth. But today many families are opting to use the services of a postpartum doula. A postpartum doula helps the entire family transition into a new life with baby, offering feeding/breastfeeding support, infant care help, light housekeeping, running errands, and so on. Some offer night hours for those tough first nights with a newborn. Their services range from to or more an hour, but depending on the number of hours contracted for there may be a discount. Some people use their doulas only a couple days a week, others 5 days a week. There is a wide range of possibilities in how to use a postpartum doula. It would make an excellent shower gift too!

Pregnancy Lifestyle

You may think at this point that somehow your baby is the one baby in the world that just won't be born. It's taking forever, the minutes are dragging by and all you can do is spend the day wondering, 'Is this the day my baby is going to be born?' Take advantage of these last few days by relaxing! Go to a movie. Read something for pleasure, not just about childbirth or parenting. Order take out and watch a movie at home. Go walk around the mall. Indulge in your lazy past times now, while you can. Relish these last few quiet, carefree days while you can. All those things will seem like outrageous luxuries in a few weeks!

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Guest Mar 13, 2014 12:17:37 PM ET

I am 39 weeks pregnant this week and i just don't want to be pregnant anymore. i am so tired and bored to death to just stay home and sit and wait. my bills are piling up so high due to being jobless and my hormones are gearing up so high that i am always angry since week 37 and feel like i am losing it. i just don't get it why my daughter doesn't want to come out yet?! i'm a first time mom and a lot of my first time mommy friends already gave birth at week 37-38. that's what's keeping me so angry that i am still pregnant. my whole pregnancy was fine and healthy and i was okay until week 37 when i started to expect for my daughter everyday and nothing is happening. i did everything from yoga, to climbing up-down the stairs and walking a lot but still there is no sign of labor. it's the worst frustrations i have ever felt and the anger i feel everyday is killing me.

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Guest Mar 2, 2014 06:18:20 AM ET

I'm 40 weeks and had diarrhea last night! i hope it's a sign of labor. i can't wait for my baby gal to come already! my due date is on the 5th of march. i'm scared. what if it passes? i don't want to be induced. wat could i do? help.

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Guest Jan 23, 2014 04:11:01 PM ET

I am 39 weeks and my feet are badly swollen. i can't stand the burn. my little girl moves hardly at all lately but when she does its very intense. i guess she has no room left to move. i have not had signs of labor but had a bit of diarrhea today. i hope baby can surprise me and come now. :) good luck ladies.

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Maritzalove Dec 6, 2013 11:31:27 AM ET

I'm 39 weeks today. little contractions and my cervix only opened 2 cm. i hope i pop some time next week.

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Chloe hull Aug 7, 2013 01:25:01 PM ET

I'm 17 yr old,39week and 4day today. i had trouble sleeping, not in good mood with all wishing, this week at night had some of back ace with tummy cramp and yesterday was feeling sickness not through,shouldn't eat well and uncomfortable/so tired.. i had some sex, drink quite a lot pineapple drink, walking much, cleaning , keeping going the loo but the wee isnt full it kike stirp and yesterday i was play wiifit wish it jump so hasn't come labour so im all ready and waiting so would like him come out as looking forward. i don't know if born on time cuz i think be over due :/?.

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Sagi Aug 22, 2012 09:04:07 PM ET

I'm two days before my due date and i felt the anxious about it already. i'm excited to see the baby already but anxious about the labor and birth.

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lizzy May 18, 2012 10:16:49 AM ET

38 weeks 5day i want 2 knw im prepared but can i realy depend on my due day? pls reply me anyone who knws

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Christina May 9, 2012 03:01:31 PM ET

I'm 39 weeks today and haven't had any contractions and such. my baby boy is moving around a lot, however. so i know he's doing ok. i have a week before i'm 40 weeks and his edd. if he doesn't come by than or sooner i'm scheduled to be induced may 22. i heard that baby boys are more lazy when it comes to being born than baby girls are because baby girls are more stubborn. is that true?

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Amanda Nov 14, 2011 10:19:23 AM ET

I am 39 weeks 4 days today and no signs of labor. i went 41 weeks with both my girls and had spontaneous births both on the 22nd, so i am thinking baby boy is following in sissy's foot steps! i have a doc apt. today and its the first cervix check this pregnancy :)

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ashley Aug 7, 2011 10:26:32 AM ET

I believe this to be hardest time of a pregnancy. i have forgotten about all of the days that i was nauseous in the beginning and the time where my sciatic nerve was completely unnerving. . . the waiting game to go into labor is by far the worst place in pregnancy! i am 39 weeks today and about to flip out if this baby doesn't come out in the next few days!!!!

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