Baby position at 39 weeks
Throughout the past nine months, your baby has been moving around. By now, though, your little one should be resting low on your pelvis, with their head facing down and their body facing your back. If your baby's head isn't down, they're considered breech, and your doctor might talk to you about different options for labor and delivery.
What if I have no signs of labor at 39 weeks?
There’s no reason to worry. If you’re not experiencing any labor signs at 39 weeks, then your baby just isn’t ready yet and you may have more time. Your due date may also have been slightly miscalculated by a few days or a week—it was always just an estimate. Unless there’s a risk for complications, most doctors will wait until 42 weeks to consider intervening. Of course, some babies arrive fast, causing minimal labor symptoms until—surprise!
Mom's tip of the week
Did you know...?
Your water might not break. At 39 weeks pregnant, with your baby's birth just around the corner, you need to know what to expect. Not every woman’s amniotic sac ruptures. (If you have other signs of labor, or if you are past your due date and it has not occurred, the doctor may break it for you to get things going.) If the sac does break, the amniotic fluid is more likely to come out as a trickle or small gush than the flood that you may be imagining. If you haven’t already, talk to your doctor about pre-labor symptoms—and what to do if you think your water has broken.
Baby brain waves
Your baby’s brain is developing.
Baby’s brain continues to develop at an astounding rate. In the last nine weeks of pregnancy, your baby’s brain weight doubles. And after birth, brain development continues at a rapid pace. In fact, your little one’s brain grows to about 85% of adult size by age 3. That’s why nutrition with brain-nourishing docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is important—either through your breast milk or infant formula.
Real issues, real solutions
The issue: You're 39 weeks pregnant, and birth is coming soon. As you await the day you'll meet your baby face-to-face, a bit of anxiety can mix in with the excitement.
The solution: Get tips on how to prepare for delivery, based on what moms who’ve been there say they wish they had known beforehand.
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