Third Trimester

Pregnancy Calendar: Week 39

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Brand new week! By now, your baby is likely to be 20 inches in length and weighs a bit over 7 pounds – about the size of a mini-watermelon.

Your baby’s waiting to greet the world! She continues to build a layer of fat to help control her body temperature after birth. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of your baby skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

Common Symptoms

  • More frequent Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Slowdown in fetal activity
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Bloody show or loss of mucous plug
  • Rupture of membranes (possibly)
  • Diarrhea or nausea
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pelvic pressure and discomfort
  • Backaches

To-Do List

  • Install your baby’s car seat. Ask for some help because lifting anything heavy will put a strain on your softened ligaments.
  • Read up on newborn care.

Makchic Fun Tip!

Doctors still don’t fully understand how labour starts. But if you’re overdue and feeling fed up, many mums swear that walking, sex, acupuncture or eating curry kick-started their labour.

Image: Essential Baby