The 39th Week of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Week by Week – The 39th Week of Pregnancy

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Just like you, your baby is waiting for the signals to come to the world and meet you.  Now, at 39th week of pregnancy you become calmer about childbirth than how you used to be during your whole pregnancy.

Congratulations, one more week till your due date! 

What to expect at 39 weeks pregnant? What’s happening inside your body?

Your symptoms at the 39th week of pregnancy are much similar to the typical late pregnancy. You’ll probably continue to experience the typical pregnancy symptoms up until the delivery day. Here are the most common symptoms of the 39th week of pregnancy:

  • Braxton Hicks Contractions

At 39 weeks pregnant, tightening of your uterus has become much familiar. Typically, these false labor signs happen at the front of your body and ease when you switch positions.

  • Pelvic Pain

By 39 weeks, your baby descends to the pelvis into the birth position. Thus, you may feel uncomfortable as your baby puts pressure on your lower torso.

  • Bloody Show

At the 39th week of pregnancy, you will notice an increase in your vaginal discharge with blood (either pinkish or brownish). Take it easy on yourself, it means that your cervix is dilating or opening up, and that’s a good news.

  • Heartburn

At 39 weeks pregnant, your heartburn could be at its peak now! Don’t worry, you will feel much better when you give birth but for now, drink plenty of water and liquids before and after meals but not during!

  • Mucous Plug

39th week, you’ll probably lose your mucous plug but you may not notice! Losing your mucous plug doesn’t mean that childbirth is a few hours away but it means it’s so close!

  • Diarrhea

Around 39 weeks, your body is getting ready for the childbirth which means that your muscles may loosen your rectum and cause you diarrhea.

  • Back Pain

Sadly, your backaches could be at its worse by the 39th week of pregnancy. Remember to soothe the pain by getting a warm shower and letting warm water gets to your tender spots.

  • Slowdown in Fetal Activity

At 39 weeks pregnant, you may notice a slowdown in your baby’s activity.

How big is your baby at 39 weeks pregnant?

At 39 weeks pregnant, your baby will be big as the size of a pumpkin; weighing around 7.3 pounds and measuring about 20 inches long.

What’s happening with your baby? (Baby’s Development)

Around 39 weeks, your baby continues to build a layer of fat to control their body’s temperature after being born.  Your baby’s skin has now fully changed from pink to white- no matter what the skin will be after birth.

39 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Congratulations, by 39 weeks pregnant you are having a full baby. Additionally, your baby’s brain is still laying down nervous connections up until the delivery.

When to call the doctor?

You’re highly recommended to call the doctor if you detect any of the following signs:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Fever
  • Water breaking


The Checklist of the 39th week of pregnancy:

  • Schedule your 40-week prenatal visit
  • Try to relax and get some rest before delivery

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Post Author: Pregnancy House

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