39 Weeks Pregnant Cramping and Baby Moving a Lot

Are you 39 weeks pregnant, cramping, and baby is moving a lot? Congratulations, your pregnancy is in week 39! With about a week to go, you’re soon going to become a mom. Your baby is fully developed, meaning that it’s only a matter of time before it comes into the world. 

Your body is still experiencing lots of changes and you have prepared everything you need to welcome your child. Keep on reading to know what actually happens to both your baby and you at this stage.

What’s the Size of Your Baby at Week 39 of Pregnancy?

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At week 39, your baby is the size of a small watermelon. In other words, it can be anything from 18-20.5 inches or about 50cm long. 

The baby has piled on some pounds too, weighing about 6.5-8 pounds—roughly 2.9-3.6 kilograms. This weight won’t change significantly and probably might be the weight your baby is born with.

Your Baby’s Development at 39 Weeks Pregnant

At week 39, your baby is full term. Your pregnancy and the third trimester is coming to an end.

Your baby’s brain and lungs aren’t fully developed yet and will keep developing after it’s born. In fact, the baby’s brain will continue to develop and reach its final size in two years, and its lungs might not be fully developed until about age 3.  Currently, the lungs are busy making surfactant to prevent air sacs from binding when the baby takes its first breath. 

Your cute little angel hasn’t got enough room to move about in your womb now, so if there have been changes in the baby’s movements, that’s probably the reason. If you’re experiencing less than unusual movement, you can always consult your doctor for reassurance.

39 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

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In addition to the visibly distended belly, you’ll also feel some of these symptoms:

Braxton Hicks Contractions (False Labor)

These light contractions last for just 30 seconds to 2 minutes. They’re not a sign of labour, but it’s the body’s way of getting ready for the due date that’s fast approaching.

Pelvic Pressure 

While preparing itself for birth, your baby might be sitting quite low in your uterus, making your lower torso feel uncomfortable and heavy.

Bloody Show

Your vaginal discharge may be tinged with brownish or pinkish blood due to the rupturing of cervical blood vessels. Have no fear—it’s an indication that your cervix is opening up or dilating and that’s good news.

Diarrhea

As the body readies itself for childbirth, your rectal muscles may become loose, leading to loose bowel movements.

Difficulty Sleeping

It might be harder to have a good night’s sleep in the last stages of pregnancy. Due to your ballooned belly, it might be hard to sleep comfortably, and anxiety and nerves can keep you awake as well. Make sure your bedroom is as comfortable as it can be, with several extra pillows to keep you comfortable. 

Summary

At week 39 of pregnancy, there’s nothing you can do except wait for the baby, see the doctor, and keep yourself busy with just about anything. We know that when you’re 39 weeks pregnant, you’re cramping and your baby is moving a lot, things can be tough on you! But hang in there—you’ll be meeting your little angel soon!

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