Pregnancy Weeks 37 - 39
Pregnancy Week 37
Any day now, you can expect your baby. It would be easier if you keep the birth declaration cards addressed in advance. It won't be easy to find time for all these once baby is born. Also, if you are planning to use a diaper service, arrange for a diaper service delivery beforehand in order to avoid last minute confusions.
Instead of discarding the cord blood, you can donate it to the nearest public cord blood bank. This is recommended because cord blood has stem cells which will be useful in treating people with immune disorders and leukemia.
There are certain products which will help you to take care of yourself like peri-bottles which have to be supplied by the hospital after your delivery is over. Immediately after delivery you may not find toilet paper comfortable and you can use peri-bottles for cleaning your perineum instead. You can also use ice packs on your perineum to sooth it within 24 hours of delivery. Apart from this, you can also use Proctofoam to help sooth your perineum. For easier administration, spray it into your maxipad. Best thing you can do for yourself at this point of time is to take a warm bath. You will have vaginal bleeding for the next few weeks which will gradually decrease and eventually subside. There is a chance for the vaginal bleeding to start again if you are too active on these days.
Your baby is now fully grown to practice breathing. Her grasp is now tighter and she can also respond to light outside of the uterus. Now it is possible for you to recognize daily activity cycles.
Now, baby measures about 19.1 inches (48.6 cm) in length and 6.3 lbs (2859 grams) in weight.
Pregnancy Week 38
Time will be needed to recover from a delivery. That entire household works can wait. You need to relax and rest now after doing a great job.
It is really astonishing to know how fast you learn to interpret the meaning of your baby's different cries correctly. Dad will also learn this technique.
After birth, baby's intestines are now filled with meconium. When the baby passes motion for the first time, these will be flushed out. Meconium is passed before birth sometimes. This is because the baby might not have breathed meconium along with amniotic fluid. Baby's head and stomach are now comparable in size.
Baby is now19.6 inches (49.8 cm) in length and 6.8 lbs (3083 grams) in weight.
Pregnancy Week 39
During this week, there is a chance for you to lose your mucus plug along with blood. This "bloody show" is an indication of the delivery date getting closer.
Be aware of the fact that the birth process is not only difficult for the mother but also for the baby. A baby has to get out through the narrow birth canal and this may have even left bruises on her face. As the skull has not hardened yet, it is possible for the head to look cone shaped as it passes through the birth canal. But soon after birth, the head will round out. The eye colors and hair of the baby may change after birth and it sometimes takes as long as 2 months to see her true eye color.
Now, the baby has a slimy vernix all around it. The function of this thin shield is to protect baby's skin from the amniotic fluid. The amniotic fluid will be breathed in regularly and the lungs are now ready to receive fresh air. As days passes by baby will grow bigger and may not have enough space in the uterus to move her arms or legs freely.
Baby is now 19.9 inches (50.7 cm) in length and 7.25 pounds (3288 grams) in weight.
Pregnancy Week To Week 1- 40