Pregnancy calendar: 39th week of pregnancy
Pregnancy calendar by week. An experienced doctor tells how a child develops in the womb and what changes occur in the pregnant woman’s body. All the most important things about the 39th week of pregnancy
Changes in your body during the 39th week of pregnancy:
During pregnancy your breasts are gradually preparing to produce milk for the baby. Growth and development of mammary glands occurs under the influence of estrogen and progesterone hormones. From the outside, the breasts increase in size and become tighter. Alveoli and nipples become darker and larger. Even long before childbirth, you can notice the first oily secretions from the breast.
It is worth emphasizing that there is no better food than mother’s milk, especially in the first 6 months of a child’s life. Therefore, up to 6 months, the child is given only mother’s milk. Breast milk is not only food and liquid for the child to drink, it is immunity and a source of normal microflora. Breast milk can adapt to the needs of the child during the day, even the composition of the milk will be different for a boy or a girl.
Certain difficulties arise in women who do not yet know how to properly apply to the breast, it can be traumatization of the nipple (crack) from incorrect application, the development of stagnation of milk in the breast (lactostasis) and also irregular arrival of milk in the breast. I advise especially young mothers to find a professional breastfeeding instructor (lactologist).
During the appointment, the obstetrician-gynecologist should conduct an intravaginal examination to determine the degree of ripening, as well as the amount of opening of the cervix.
How does the baby grow?
As of the 39th week of pregnancy, the child is considered full-term. That is, her organs are ready for birth and functioning outside the mother’s body. The birth may take place this week or in the next two weeks. It is important for a woman to observe her well-being, to determine the activity of the child, its movements, and also to monitor the onset of signs of the onset of labor (childbirth).
Talk to your baby, sing to her or read aloud! Some parents notice that the child tries to make contact with them with an outstretched arm or leg. Research shows that pleasant melodic classical music has a positive effect on the well-being of the mother and child. Have you already made a playlist of your favorite music? If not, now is the time to do it!
Author: Olga Letnyanchyk, doctor