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39 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Signs & Baby’s Development

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  You are in the latter stages of pregnancy when you are 39 weeks pregnant. Your baby is at full term, which means it is prepared to enter the world and awaits the appropriate moment. This is the end of your third trimester.

 Although your body is undergoing many changes, you have made all the necessary preparations to receive your child. Still, you need to know some signs and symptoms of 39 weeks of pregnancy. Continue reading this article to learn more about what happens to you and your baby during pregnancy.

What Should I be Feeling at 39 Weeks Pregnant?

As your baby descends into your pelvis and begins to headbutt your spine, you can experience back pain at the end of pregnancy week. The pressure at the base of your bump will likely increase during the 39 weeks of pregnancy.

 You can experience sudden abdominal contractions and feel the need to immediately fold baby clothes or organize drawers that you haven’t opened in a long time. Your nesting instinct is acting up at that point.

 What are the Chances of Giving Birth at 39 Weeks Pregnant?

The gestation time ranged from 36 weeks and 6 days to 45 weeks and 6 days after the previous period in one case. It sounds like 45 weeks and 6 days. But in this case, the pregnancy was delivered 40 weeks and 4 days after ovulation. This is the end of pregnancy week and we can infer that her LMP due date was incorrect because her ovulation did not follow the expected trend.

Additionally, the health statistics discovered, 

●    By 38 weeks and 5 days after the LMP, 10% of women gave delivery, and babies born.

●    By 39 weeks and 5 days after the LMP, 25% of women gave delivery, and babies born.

●      50% of women delivered delivery by 40 weeks and 5 days after the LMP.

●      75% by 41 weeks and 2 days after the LMP.

●      90% by 42 weeks and 2 days after the LMP.


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What are Some Signs that Labor is Nearing?

There are several indicators indicating the due date of labor may be beginning, including:

●      Abdominal and pelvic contractions

●    Your baby’s head pressing against your bowel brings an urge to use the restroom.

●      Contractions or tightenings

●    Water breaks when the plug of mucus from your cervix (entrance to your womb or uterus) comes away.

 However, It may take some time for labor to start (become latent). But you should immediately call your midwife or maternity facility if there is severe pain and contractions.

How Do You Tell Labor is a Few Days Away?

Several signs show that your labor is 12 to 24 hours away. You should keep them in consideration to avoid any medical emergency. 

●      Water breaking

●      Weight Loss9

●    Losing your mucus plug

●      Lower back pain

●      Cervical dilation

●      Real pelvic contractions

●      Diarrhea

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How Many Months is 39 Weeks Old?

39 weeks old is considered a fully grown nine months baby in head down position. You are currently 39 weeks pregnant when a baby is considered full-term. At this point, your child is between 7 and 8 pounds and 19 and 21 inches long. In this period, the baby’s immune system is fully strong, with a constant blood flow and amniotic fluid is providing it the nourishment for survival.

 These measures won’t change much going forward, but the baby’s brain will continue to grow at an incredible rate for the next three years, changes you’ll be able to see firsthand as your child’s repertoire of skills grows virtually every day.

How Many Months are 40 Weeks Pregnant?

40 weeks pregnant is the end of pregnancy; your baby’s birth weight and size are most likely between 6 and 9 pounds and 19 and 22 inches, although many perfectly healthy infants are born smaller or larger.

 The pregnancy’s end is 40 weeks, and at this moment, you’ve reached the official conclusion of your pregnancy when you’re 40 weeks along. For the first six months of her life, you or the placenta still give her the antibodies she needs to fight off infections.

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Is My Baby Fully Developed at 39 Weeks?

Your baby’s organs are fully developed and can function normally outside the womb by week 39. But that doesn’t lessen the significance of these last few weeks of pregnancy. In this period;

●    The baby’s lungs and baby’s brain are still growing and developing.

●      Baby continues to gain about half a pound per week.

●      The baby is preparing for labor and delivery.

How Much Should aby Move at 39 Weeks?

10 to 12 movements per hour is perfectly fine. If you’ve observed any changes in your baby’s movements after few hours, it’s probably because she doesn’t have much room to move around in your uterus. You can always check with your healthcare professional for assurance if you sense less movement than usual. After a few days of kick counting, you’ll start to see trends and learn about your baby’s typical behavior. Every newborn is unique. You’re determining what’s typical for your child.


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What Happens to Your Body at 39 Weeks Pregnant?

Moms to be, are ready for your child to arrive at this point! Due to excess baby birth weight and an unstoppable belly, some expectant mothers find walking and moving, in general, to be complicated. Get as much rest as you can while making an effort to move slowly and carefully. It could be challenging to fall asleep, so try to conserve your energy by taking a quick nap during the day.

 Because the weeks of pregnancy don’t fit evenly into whole months, if you’re wondering how far along you are at 39 weeks pregnant, you’re either 9 months pregnant or 10 months pregnant.

What Pains are Normal at 39 Weeks Pregnant?

At 39 weeks pregnant, you’ll encounter Braxton Hicks Contractions, the tightening of the uterus, which stays there for so long no matter what you do. However, these contractions can be lessened when you switch positions. But if these contractions start at the top of your uterus and become frequent, it’s a sign that your labor is close.

Do Braxton Hicks Mean Labor is Coming?

Pregnancy-related Braxton Hicks contractions can be confused with actual labor contractions. Braxton Hicks are less frequent, less severe, and typically go away if you change positions than actual labor. They are your body’s way of preparing for labor but do not indicate that labor will occur.

 You should consult your healthcare provider during the last weeks of third trimester.

What do Braxton Hicks Feel Like at 39 Weeks Pregnant?

When you put your hands on your stomach during a Braxton Hicks contraction, you undoubtedly feel your uterus hardening and muscles across your belly tightening. The contractions typically last for 30 seconds and occur erratically. Although they can cause discomfort, they are rarely painful. Your contractions are probably Braxton Hicks contractions if the pain or discomfort subsides.

 How Does a 39 Weeks Pregnant look like?

From head to heel, your unborn child, or fetus, measures around 50.7 cm and weighs about 3.3 kg at 39 weeks pregnant. That is roughly the size of five courgettes and weighs the same about the size of a watermelon. Your baby’s skin was almost translucent a few weeks ago, but it is currently developing a new, stronger covering that appears more solid.

Is 39 weeks safe for delivery?

Although research suggests that infant mortality and problems are lowest for babies delivered at 39 weeks, when a pregnancy is deemed full term, babies are technically “due” after 40 weeks of gestation. To lower the chance of problems, several obstetricians advise starting labor inducement at 39 weeks pregnant.

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39 weeks pregnant symptoms

You will have additional pregnancy symptoms in addition to the enlarged abdomen. These consist of


 You may experience exhaustion most of the time due to the load you carry during this pregnancy. You might only be eating small amounts of food because your uterus is pressing against your stomach. This can lower your blood sugar, increasing your weariness and making you lightheaded. So that you know how to receive the nourishment you need, you should read up on some nutrition advice for expectant mothers.

Contractions of Braxton Hicks.

 These brief, mild contractions can last anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Braxton Hicks is simply your body preparing for the impending day; it does not indicate that you are in labor.

Pelvic area is under pressure.

The infant is getting ready to enter the world as well. As a result, it presses up toward the cervix while sitting fairly low in the uterus. You experience significant pressure in your pelvis as a result of this change in posture. You’ll feel like losing your mucus plug.

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What are the common symptoms of labor?

The majority of the third-trimester symptoms you’ve previously experienced are probably still present in you, but on a more exciting note, your body is probably also making significant progress toward preparing for the arrival of your child.


Your baby is most likely head down and positioned low in your pelvis at 39 weeks. The pressure from the baby’s head steadily getting closer to your cervix should assist your cervix in starting softening, shortening, and thinning down. This procedure is known as effacement or ripening.


Scientific evidence shows that your cervix must efface (soften, shorten, and thin out) and open or dilate in order for you to give birth to your child. Dilation and effacement may develop gradually over several weeks in certain people. For some women, labor goes by rather swiftly.


A rise in the hormone prostaglandins is one of the factors that contribute to dilation. Prostaglandins aid in preparing the cervix for labor and delivery, but they can also cause loose stools. Most women experience pressure in the blood vessel or experience any disease or internal organ damage during pregnancy; they should consider disease control and look for other symptoms.

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Self-care Tips for 39 Weeks Pregnant

The seconds fly by. You’re prepared to leave, and the baby will be too. Here are some preparations you may make for the delivery day this week.

Shaving or not shaving

If you’re wondering, “Should I shave before the birth of a child? Realize that removing your pubic hair during this 39-week pregnancy is a rather difficult task! You’ll be relieved to learn that you don’t have to bother shaving before going into the delivery room or birth center. In fact, if you’re having a c-section, it’s recommended that you don’t.

Start cooking

Organizing your kitchen is one of the most beneficial things you can do when you’re nesting. Prepare meals that can be frozen now and then warmed once you bring the baby home and stock up on pantry basics. We assure you that making complex meals and going grocery shopping while getting to know your infant will be the last things on your mind. Avoid eating spicy food.

Take a brief dip

You probably feel like you could burst at the seams at 39 weeks. Swim to relieve stress and weight, but make sure you aren’t dilated by consulting your gynecologist first. As you float weightlessly in the water, your aches and pains may be reduced.

Put your car seat in place

This is a chore you (or your spouse) should cross off the list before you get to the hospital if you haven’t already. To ensure you’ve done the job correctly, stop by a nearby inspection station, such as the police or fire station!

 As much sleep as you can

Take advantage of the opportunity to try sleeping through the night as it might be your last for a while this week. If you need to, take a nap during the day before going to bed. For the big day, you’ll need all of your strength!

 Consult your doctor.

You should consult the hospital for week guides, use a hospital bag, maternity leave, practice contractions, use a breast pump and eating habits, including large meals and spicy foods, and take walks after eating during pregnancy and after giving birth to the baby.

Wrapping up

In this article, we have discussed all you need to know about 39 weeks of pregnancy, baby development, labor signs, symptoms, and tips for self-care.

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