Can I get a woot woot for full term? Aw, hell yeah! You’re good to go anytime now, chum.
Your baby is inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid and taking its digestive tract for a test run so it can produce the stickiest, grossest, black/green poop you’ll ever witness when he or she is born. It’s called meconium and it should be used to maintain the structural integrity of suspension bridges because it’s so gummy and hard to get off things, but it’s actually composed of the stuff your baby ingested during its stay in the womb.
Your baby has also most likely settled in the head down position but if your kid is stubborn and still hasn’t turned, you’ll probably be offered an external cephalic version (ECV), which is a fancy way of saying they are going to turn your baby by manipulating your belly. If that doesn’t work, they may recommend a c-section but, depending on where your baby is, a vaginal delivery may still be possible. In the meantime, here are some tips to get that kid to turn – the “Underwater Piñata” is still my favorite.
Oh, and if you’re going to have a hospital birth you may want to get packed for show time if you haven’t already. Sure you really don’t need much but it’s so nice to feel comfortable during a time when you probably aren’t always going to feel so great. Toothbrush, slides, a long phone charger, and gum are my top tips, but you can find the whole list here.
39 Weeks Pregnant Cheat Sheet:
- Your baby is about 19 to 21 inches long (or 48 - 53 cm) and weighs about 7 to 8 pounds (3 - 3.6 kg).
- You're officially full term now.
- Your baby is adding layers of fat to help control body temperature once they are born.
- If your due date is correct, you could have about 7 days before you give birth.
How many months is 39 weeks pregnant?
Thirty-nine weeks is 9 months and three weeks pregnant.
This week's to do:
Do not disturb. Print out one of my free do not disturb door tags to keep the doorbell ringing and knocking to a minimum.
Don't touch! While we're on the 'hands off' theme, brush up on Ways to Say, "Don't Freaking Touch My Baby" (includes a downloadable car seat or stroller tag too.)
How are you feeling this week? Let me know here.