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Welcome to pregnancy week 39, a significant milestone as you near the end of your pregnancy journey. You’re just one week away from reaching your due date, and your baby could make their appearance at any time. In this article, we will explore the key developments during week 39 of pregnancy, the changes happening within your body, and provide essential tips to help you prepare for the upcoming birth.

Baby’s Development:

During pregnancy week 39, your baby is approximately the size of a mini-watermelon, measuring around 19.9 to 20.9 inches (50.5 to 53 cm) in length and weighing about 7.2 to 7.6 pounds (3.3 to 3.4 kilograms). Let’s delve into the remarkable developments taking place within your baby:

  1. Weight Gain: Your baby continues to gain weight, primarily from accumulating fat stores. These fat stores will help regulate their body temperature after birth.
  2. Vernix Caseosa: The vernix caseosa, a creamy coating that has protected your baby’s skin, may start to diminish. However, traces of vernix may still be present, especially in skin creases and folds.
  3. Positioning: Most babies are in the head-down position by now, preparing for birth. However, if your baby is still in a breech position, your healthcare provider may discuss potential options for delivery.
  4. Immune System Development: Your baby’s immune system continues to mature, and they continue to receive antibodies from you, providing them with protection against certain infections in the early weeks of life.
  5. Final Preparations: Your baby’s organs and systems are fully developed, and they are ready for life outside the womb. They are practicing skills like sucking, swallowing, and breathing in preparation for their first moments after birth.


Changes in Your Body:

As you progress through pregnancy week 39, your body is preparing for labor and the imminent arrival of your baby. Here are some common changes you may experience:

  1. Braxton Hicks Contractions: Braxton Hicks contractions may continue, potentially becoming more intense and frequent. Pay attention to the pattern of contractions and contact your healthcare provider if you experience regular, painful contractions that increase in intensity and frequency.
  2. Pelvic Pressure and Discomfort: As your baby continues to grow, you may experience increased pelvic pressure and discomfort. This is due to the baby’s position and the pressure exerted on your pelvic floor muscles. Practice pelvic floor exercises and use supportive measures like pillows or maternity belts for relief.
  3. Increased Urination: The pressure from your baby’s head on your bladder may lead to increased frequency of urination. Be sure to empty your bladder completely each time and avoid caffeine or other diuretics that can further increase urination.
  4. Nesting Instincts: The nesting instinct may be strong during this stage as you prepare your home for the baby’s arrival. Use this energy to organize the nursery, wash baby clothes, and ensure you have all the necessary supplies.
  5. Emotional Changes: Heightened emotions, excitement, and anticipation are common as you approach the end of your pregnancy. Take time to care for your emotional well-being, communicate with your support network, and engage in activities that help you relax and de-stress.

Final Preparations for Birth:

As you prepare for the upcoming birth, here are some essential tips for pregnancy week 39:

  1. Monitor Baby’s Movements: Continue to monitor your baby’s movements and report any significant changes to your healthcare provider. If you notice a decrease in fetal movement or have any concerns, contact your healthcare provider right away.
  2. Rest and Self-Care: Prioritize rest and self-care as you navigate the final weeks of pregnancy. Listen to your body’s signals, take breaks when needed, and engage in activities that help you relax and recharge.
  3. Communication with Healthcare Provider: Stay in regular communication with your healthcare provider. Attend all scheduled prenatal check-ups, discuss any concerns or questions you have, and ensure you are well-informed about the signs of labor.
  4. Birth Plan Review: Review your birth plan with your healthcare provider and discuss any last-minute preferences or changes. Familiarize yourself with the signs of labor and know when to contact your healthcare provider or go to the hospital.
  5. Emotional Support: Lean on your support network, including your partner, family, or friends, for emotional support. Discuss your feelings, concerns, and excitement about the upcoming birth.


As you embrace pregnancy week 39, take a moment to appreciate the incredible journey you have been on and the impending arrival of your baby. Continue to take care of yourself, communicate with your healthcare provider, and prepare for the birth. The final weeks of pregnancy are filled with anticipation, and soon you will be holding your precious baby in your arms.


Aman k. Kashyap

I am a hard-working and driven medical student who isn't afraid to face any challenge. I'm passionate about my work . I would describe myself as an open and honest person who doesn't believe in misleading other people and tries to be fair in everything I do.

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