Week 39 of pregnancy

39 weeks pregnant

In the 39th week of pregnancy, the baby is fully developed, so delivery is imminent , although it can be delayed or advanced for a few days.

The baby at 39 weeks of pregnancy

Its maturity is complete and the uterus is no longer just an unnecessary space for the baby, but now it can be an unfavorable environment, since the size and development of the fetus is such that, sometimes, the placenta is unable to provide the nutrients necessary for the well-being of the baby inside the mother.

The head is one step away from the exit of the maternal womb. The bones that form it are strong enough to protect the brain during childbirth and, at the same time, are not tightly bonded as in the adult, but can be mounted between them to make the outline of your head smaller.

The umbilical cord will continue to function normally until a few minutes after delivery.

The mother in week 39 of gestation

The mother’s body will experience the sensations or symptoms that indicate the beginning of the birth . The uterine contractions are more frequent and intense, and can be somewhat painful. The contractions help the head of the baby to fit even more in the pelvis, and to go down gradually. In addition, the neck of the uterus will be increasingly soft and that will facilitate that when the moment of delivery arrives it can expand without problems.

It is normal that before delivery, the mother should stain the underwear with a little blood ; This is because the mucus plug that clogs the hole in the uterus is expelled. The urge to go to the bathroom is more frequent than during the rest of the pregnancy because the head of the baby is located so low that prevents the bladder retains much urine. The baby also compresses the pelvis a lot, and there are frequent muscle cramps that make it difficult for the mother to walk normally.

In addition to all the above, the mother will be very uncomfortable and nervous , with a restlessness that will ease once the delivery begins. In case of doubt about whether the birth has started or not, it is best to go to the nearest hospital to dispel doubts and if so, be treated with guarantees.

Control tests in week 39

At this point of pregnancy the doctor will check the woman every three days or even daily to check that the baby is well and that you can still wait for the birth to start on its own. Sometimes, the gynecologist decides that the birth must be provoked by administering to the pregnant woman hormones such as oxytocin , because the baby is not well inside the uterus, or for other medical reasons. The mother must be well informed of the reasons and the method that will be used to advance the birth , as well as the possible alternatives.