39 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

39 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

Welcome to your, hopefully, last week of pregnancy! You are 39 weeks pregnant out of 40 weeks! Way to go, sister! You have carried this baby to the end – that it something to be proud of! Your baby is the size of a Pumpkin – a very uncomfortable pumpkin that is sitting on your cervix and making your miserable in any and every position! Okay, little pumpkin… your eviction notice is ready. Come on out!

39 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

What’s a mucus plug? A mucus plug is an accumulation of thick material that gets pushed out of the cervix and into your vaginal canal during the early stages of cervical dilation. You may have loss of your mucus plug over the course of several days and labor onset may not necessarily follow immediately after loss of your mucus plug. Your baby may have “dropped” at this time as well. This is when the head moves lower into the pelvis and vaginal/birth canal. If you’ve forgotten when to contact your provider about early labor symptoms, it is always best to contact them and keep them in the loop about the changes that are starting for you.

39 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

I am all the emotions bottled into one! I’m 39 weeks pregnant today and the past few days have been ROUGH. Remember those prodromal labor contractions I’ve been having for the last 6 weeks? They came back a couple of days ago with a different kind of vengeance!

I had my 39 week check up on Wednesday, even though I’m 39 weeks today [Friday]. My doctor confirmed that I was still only dilated to a 1 and 0% effaced. She offered to “strip my membranes” to maybe get things going a bit since the end of my pregnancy has been so lousy, but I was feeling good – great energy, the contractions had subsided, and my mom and sister were up in Colorado, so I didn’t want to make anything happen while they were gone, so I said “no.”

But it wasn’t 10 minutes after I pulled out of the hospital that I started feeling WEIRD. I started getting a bit of anxiety and nausea – the kind of anxious nausea you feel when you know you’ve forgotten something… that went on the rest of the day and I had some yucky side effects to the nausea, too. The contractions started up again on Wednesday night and the medicine could not get them to subside. Thursday was a terrible day because I had been up all night with contractions. They stopped again, though, so no baby… I slept great last night and feel so much better this morning, but my doctor said to come on in and be checked one more time before the weekend, so I’m headed to her office this morning, where I know she’ll say I’m still not progressing… then on to spin class… I’m now ready to GET THIS BABY OUT. The fun has ended. I’m ready to meet her. Hopefully I can spin her out!

What are you feeling?

This could be it!

For the past few weeks, I wake up every day thinking “This could be it! This could be the day I have a baby!” So, I do my hair and makeup and I make sure my house is at least tidy. As soon as I get home from spin class today, I’m going to wash my hair and tidy up the house in case it’s this weekend… I’m so ready!

SO STINKIN’ READY

I’m ready. Let’s do this. I want to meet this baby girl and get the party started!

Actually, no. I’m not ready! I’M NOT READY!

On Wednesday night, I had an anxiety attack – like, a full-blown, anxiety attack. I cried and told my husband I wasn’t ready and that I wanted more time to love on my boy and I was just not at all prepared… we need to get the cars detailed and the rugs cleaned and I’m running out of time – I NEED MORE TIME!

He looked at me like I was crazy. He was so sweet, but I’m sure he was like “What is wrong with this chick? 10 minutes ago, she was complaining about still being pregnant and now she’s freaking out because she’s not ready?”

Hormones rock.

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Postpartum Care

My first go-round, I did a lot of research about the actual labor and delivery, but didn’t give much thought to the recovery. I had no idea that I would bleed THAT MUCH for 2 weeks after the baby was born – it’s not like your period… it’s A LOT of bleeding. I also didn’t realize that I’d have serious contractions after the baby was born… your uterus contracts back to its original size and that experience is NOT comfortable. The contracting and cramping happens quite a bit [especially while breastfeeding] for a couple of days and then every so often for about a week.

But it’s the soreness I didn’t consider. Your… erm… bottom-area… will be very sore for a week or two and big babies, stitches, and postpartum constipation make it worse! There are a few items you’ll want to have waiting for you at home to make your recovery a bit more comfortable!

This is what I like to call the Postpartum Care Kit, and every momma should have one in her bathroom at home! I even threw some of the smaller items into my hospital bag with me! You will want these after a vaginal delivery. [I can’t speak for a c-section, but I know there are plenty of awesome products out there for that as well!]

Nipple Butter, Bottom Spray, Bottom Balm // Let’s be honest, your… um… area goes through a lot during labor and delivery, and the Earth Mama Angel Baby Happy Mama Bottom Spray and Balm feel HEAVENLY afterwards. They’re all natural and have great healing elements. I lived on these for the first few weeks after L&D.
Sitz Bath // This was my favorite way to treat my sore and aching bottom-area. Between stitches and hemorrhoids, your bottom-area will be aching big-time. I would run a very shallow bath and put these herbs in it… then I’d sit in the water on my knees just to where the water would hit my bottom for about 15-20 minutes. It helped with healing so much and gave me some much-needed relief! I did this 2-3 times a day for the first couple of weeks.
Newborn Diapers // Not for the reason you think you need them… We would take a diaper, pull the end open like a bag of chips, fill it with ice and close it back up with the tabs. Then, I’d sit on it. This is, once again, like heaven down there! Don’t pack these… they’ll have them at the hospital!
Tucks // Take the aforementioned diaper ice pack, line it with tucks and then put the Happy Bottom Balm on top. You’ll thank me for this one day, I promise.
Gel Breast Pads
  // Your first few days of breastfeeding aren’t very easy on your nipples, so have this nipple butter and some soothing gel pads ready to go at home and maybe even in your hospital bag!
Depends // Yes, I said Depends… like the adult diapers, Depends. They will provide disposable underwear in the hospital, but when you get home, you’ll be glad you have these. They’re actually pretty comfortable and you definitely will not want to wear your good stuff for a while. Plus, some women experience incontinence after having a baby [yeah, it’s a thing] and these are just so good for that… Just take my word for it… buy the depends. You’ll be glad you did.
Stool Softener // Start taking it as SOON as the baby is born. Your post-baby bottom will thank you!
Ibuprofen // That’s right, baby’s out, so you can take Advil again!! Yay! [Just make sure you talk with your nurse/doctor before you take it in case they have you on a medicine that you can’t mix it with!]

Pregnancy Milestone – Prepping your pets for baby

If this baby is your first human baby, your fur-babies are in for an awakening. I want my pups to know that I still love them because, it’s inevitable, the human babies get far more attention than the fur-babies do… With both pregnancies, I went out and bought new beds and some new toys for the dogs to have right before the baby is born – at about 39 weeks.

Then, once the baby was born [I did this with my first], I saved the blanket that he had been wrapped up in in the hospital and I put it on my dogs’ beds. They had been sent to the groomer the day I went in to be induced so that they were clean! They arrived home to the blankets on their beds so that they could have his scent and get used to it. Then, they were home when we brought the baby in. I would let them be at my feet while I held him for a few weeks so they could smell and once he was about 3 weeks old, I let them nearer to him – they’re BIG dogs. Like, BIG.

It’s important to consider your dog’s breed and prep your pup for baby’s arrival. The internet has a ton of resources!

How to Survive this week:

YOUR DUE DATE IS NEXT WEEK. IT’S NEXT WEEK. HOLY COW, YOU’VE MADE IT!!!

Get your items ready for labor and delivery, like your hospital bag, but also make sure your home is ready for the recovering you’ll need to do after the baby is born! You will definitely want to have these items on hand, because once baby is here, going to the store for them will be the last thing you’ll want to do!

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 3rd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
What’s in My Hospital Bag // What to Add to Your Hospital Bag // Prepping your Child for a New Baby
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Our Baby Boy’s Nursery // Our Baby Girl’s Nursery
How I Organized our Nursery // B’s Birth Story // A’s Birth Story // My Pregnancy Dream Team
Maternity Photos – Why I Chose to Do Them // Nesting the Natural Way // Our Newborn Photos

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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