Pregnant mother at week 39

Hey would-be-mom, you are now 39 weeks pregnant or in your 40th week if thats how you’ve been counting it.

How your baby’s growing

The big day is nearly here and it won’t be long before you can hold your baby. But don’t worry if by the end of this week you are still waiting. Just 5 percent of the babies are born on their anticipated due date and a majority are born afterwards. Some studies have suggested that there might be distinct lengths of pregnancies for races that are different. Studies indicate that in case of Indians women risk for the baby increases after the 41st week. Physicians may even suggest induction by week 40 to prevent any threats to the baby’s life. Let us expect you won’t have to wait too long for the long-anticipated event. Until then, spend some special time with your spouse, or if you’ve got older kids, love these days together with them. Read more information about your baby’s development this week.

How your life is changing

These couple of days may likely feel longer than the last eight weeks. Many doctors will wait 10-14 days after your due date before inducing labour and considering your baby to be late. Meanwhile, you and also your spouse may attempt alleviating the tension with a little love making. If it doesn’t help much, your doctor may offer a membrane sweep to try to get labour started. If this is your first baby, your labour may be lengthy and sluggish. However, there are ways to speed up the process both naturally and by intervention of your doctor.

Be prepared

It is wise for both you and your partner to review the role of your partner during delivery. And if you still have to decide on baby names, you might want to read more about it.

If your mother is coming with you for delivery, leave the housekeeping to her (as well as your partner). Having too many visitors when your newborn is just a few days old may be overwhelming. Without being impolite, try and put off a few people for the first couple of weeks. Your initial priority is your baby and yourself. You’ll need time to relax and recover from the tiredness of the last nine months. Additionally for the first few months, it will be a good idea to limit who holds your baby to close family and friends.