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39 Weeks Pregnant

39 Weeks Pregnant

You’re into the last few days of your pregnancy at 39th weeks of pregnancy. During the 39th week, you’re considered to have a full term pregnancy. 

If you were to go to labor, the baby has a significant chance of surviving with out abnormalities and will have lesser chances of developing any complications.  

39 Weeks Pregnant:
Baby Development

Brain Development

The baby’s brain will continue to develop till birth. The brain has increased rapidly in size compare to a couple of weeks ago.

Fat And Skin Development

This week the growing fat layer is in the final stage of maturing.  The baby’s skin is plumping up nicely thanks to the fatty layer developing under his skin. 

The fat layer will continue to develop in the next couple of weeks.  The baby will start having the appearance of chubby cheeks, fuller body, and makes him look plumper. 

Internal Organ Development

The endocrine system starts developing a large portion of hormones, which will be use during birth.  The hormones help with the internal organs during and after birth.  

The lungs will continue to develop till the big day. At this week, the lungs are producing surfactant, which helps the baby’s air sacs not stick together.

Immune System Development

The baby’s immune system is getting prepared to fight off diseases and infections from the nutrients the placenta supplied.  After birth, the baby will continue to get more antibodies through breast-feeding.

How Big Is Your Baby?

At week 39, your baby is at full term. He measures about 20 inches long and weighs over 7 pounds. He is the size of a small watermelon.

Pregnancy Week 39 Baby Position 
And Breech Baby

Majorities of baby’s at week 39 have positioned their head down getting ready for childbirth. In rare cases, if the baby is still in breech position the doctor will try to perform an ECV. The external cephalic version (EVC) is a procedure where the doctor applies pressure on certain parts of your abdomen to try to rotate the baby. 

Pregnancy Week 39: Changes Occurring In Your Body

During week 39 your weight gain slows down. The baby has reached its full growth. The breast is producing tons of yellowish fluid colostrum getting reading for breast-feeding. 

Due the baby dropping lower in your abdomen in the next couple of weeks the indigestion and heartburn has completely stopped.

There are many benefits of the baby dropping it helps relive symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath. You will feel an urge to pass urine more often than usual due to the pressure on the bladder.

39 Weeks Pregnant Exams And Ultrasound

At week 39, the doctor will do various exams to assess your baby’s health. The doctor will check your blood pressure or preeclampsia every week during the third trimester. Another common test is the cervical exam to check for dilation and effacing for birth.

39 Weeks Pregnant
Signs And Symptoms

The early signs and symptoms of pregnancy have decreased. However, they are many new symptoms happening in 39 weeks pregnant:

39 Weeks Pregnant Signs of Labor

Majority of women go into labor between the weeks of 38 and 42.  Here are some of the most common pregnancy signs of labor.

  • Bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Spotting
  • Lower back pain
  • Leaking amniotic fluid

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