One likely experience discomforts every moment as the 39th week comes and goes. One may be experiencing difficulty getting up from a sitting or lying position. The breasts will continue to grow and become increasingly sensitive. One may even begin leaking a fluid called colostrum. Every part of the body is beginning to swell. If one hasn’t experienced false labor contractions yet, they may begin to during this week. The easiest way to differentiate false labor contractions from real ones is that real labor contractions will prevent from walking or talking. If the water breaks during this week, contact the healthcare provider and rush immediately to the hospital. The baby is moving closer to the cervix due to a process called effacement, which means that the cervix is becoming softer, thinner, and shorter in preparation for delivery.
The baby is full term this week and waiting to greet the world! The baby continues to build a layer of fat to help control the body temperature after birth, but it’s likely that the baby already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds. The size of the baby is about the size of a mini-watermelon, length is 20 inches and weighs 7 ¼ pounds.
Kicking, ripening cervix and leaking fluid are the symptoms for this week.