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39 weeks pregnant

What to expect this week

What's happening in week 39

39 weeks pregnant

Week 39 and both you and your unborn baby are playing the waiting game!

At a glance

  • It is not long now until you get that first cuddle with your little one
  • Enjoy these last few days with your partner and try not to worry too much
  • Most women get plenty of warning signs before baby arrives!

How big is my baby at 39 weeks?

Like you, your baby is just waiting for the signal to go now, and is ready to make their début! Fully grown at close to 50cm and weighing 7 to 8lbs, they’re head down and waiting for those first lovely moments of skin to skin contact and that first feed with mum!

If they haven’t already, they’ll be shedding the Vernix Caseosa which will be mixing into the remaining amniotic fluid, which is likely to be swallowed by the baby.

How odd that any day now they will go from being tucked up in your tummy to being properly in your life? And what an amazing journey they (and you!) have been on since week one!

You at 39 weeks pregnant

If you have been stuffing yourself with pineapple and curry, drinking your raspberry leaf tea and even doing some gentle walking (or having sex) to try and get things started, you might be getting a little bit tired of waiting for your baby to arrive now! 

Try to enjoy these last few days as a couple with your partner, and try not to worry too much about just when your waters are going to break, or when your labour is going to start – one way or another, your baby is going to be here in the next week or so!

Your midwife has no doubt given you some advice about induction now, and what your options will be if your pregnancy goes beyond 40 weeks – but fingers crossed, now, as you hit the thirty nine week stage, it is going to kick off very soon!

What to think about in week 39

You might be finding it hard to think about - or concentrate - on anything much beyond your impending arrival now! As every little twinge, feeling of dampness, pain or movement will have you wondering 'is this it?'! 

Most women get plenty of warnings that things are about to start (a show, waters breaking, hours of mild contractions), and first babies often like to keep you on your toes with plenty of false starts and trips to the hospital only to be sent back home again! But rest assured, you are going to have your newborn son or daughter in your arms very, very soon now, and that is really all you need to be thinking about!

Also...Don’t forget to start preparing for your Bounty Portrait session when you start thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag.

Bounty Portrait offers FREE in-hospital portrait sessions of your precious little one with no obligation to buy. You’ll also get a FREE portrait gift – choose from one of three different gifts and a FREE announcement service to share your first photos with loved ones

For that perfect Portrait session don’t forget to pack…

  • A soft cuddly toy – this makes a great photo prop
  • A blanket – whether it’s been knitted specially or bought. Adding this to a picture makes a great photo keepsake
  • A plain top for you if you want to be in the photos
  • That special ‘first’ baby outfit.

Your birth is as close as a few days away now and all-consuming that your baby will be with you so soon. You may have read all the birthing books, be clued up on C-sections, assisted delivery and natural labours, but have you given much thought to what happens after you give birth?

As every birth is different, the amount of time you spend in the hospital after will depend on how straightforward or complicated your birth was.

If everything goes smoothly and your labour ails along textbook style, and your baby is born vaginally there’s no need for an extended hospital stay; you and your baby should be able to go home and rest in a familiar environment within a few hours of the birth.

The more complications you face, the more time you may need to stay in hospital, but rest assured, as soon as you and the baby have had all the clear, you will making your way home.

You probably have the car seat and pushchair sorted now, but have you considered a baby sling for those early months? They can be a great option for getting out and about with your baby will minimal stuff.

You’ll both enjoy the closeness of carrying your baby in a sling and newborns will be soothed and comforted by your proximity. Wearing a sling also helps you keep your hands free to get on with things around the house, and make heading out and about less of a faff than taking a pushchair.

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At a glance

  • It is not long now until you get that first cuddle with your little one
  • Enjoy these last few days with your partner and try not to worry too much
  • Most women get plenty of warning signs before baby arrives!

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