39 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week
Be sure to measure how long the contractions last and how much time passes between them, so you can decide whether they are false or true. Now you breathe more easily, but you pee more often because your uterus is low and still presses the bladder.
Now you see your doctor every week. He is checking baby’s position and growth every time. Also, he might do the internal exam to check if your cervix has started ripening. Still, it can’t be predicted when the labor will begin. If you go past your due date, the doctor will schedule an additional ultrasound to determine is it safe to continue the pregnancy. If not, they will induce the labor between one and two weeks overdue.
Your child is waiting to say hello to you. It is now full term. Most of the lanugo hair has disappeared, lungs are mature, and the production of surfactant, a substance that allows normal breathing, is growing. The weight of the baby is above 7 pounds, and the length is about 19.5 inches.
Tip for this week
Learn how to notice that your water is broken. Sometimes you can feel a lot of fluid running down your legs when your water brakes, but sometimes it isn’t so obvious because of the slow leak. Call your doctor even if you are not quite sure is it broken or not. If your contractions don’t start after the water breaking, you will be induced.
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