At this stage you have to do things very carefully as well as slowly. The risk of sleep loss is also high. It is normal for the uterus to gain weight during pregnancy. Due to this many disturbances arise.
Highlights of Week 39
Insomnia – Insomnia is one of the major problems faced by many people. One of the main reasons for sleep disturbances at night is due to the increase in the size of the belly during the last stage of pregnancy, as well as the inability to sleep properly. Try to lie down with pillows to help you get a good night’s sleep.
Go to the mucus plug – It is normal for the mucus plug to go away as you get closer to delivery. This can happen anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks before labor begins. Vaginal discharge that is clear, pink, or slightly bloody may be a mucus plug. But not all mothers notice this. This plug closes the cervix during pregnancy and keeps bacteria away from the uterus. If you notice anything more than this slightly bloody discharge, see your doctor right away.
Loss of amniotic fluid – Amniotic fluid is the fluid in which the baby lies. Fluid comes out as a precursor to labor. If the leaked amniotic fluid has a foul smell or fever occurs when the water breaks, seek medical attention. This is because it could be a sign of an infection called chorioamnionitis.
Preeclampsia – This blood pressure disorder is diagnosed in expectant mothers during the last weeks of pregnancy. Some of the possible symptoms at 39 weeks pregnant include swelling of the face and hands, headache, nausea, vomiting, sudden weight gain, shortness of breath, and vision changes. It is normal for blood pressure to rise during the last week. If you experience any of the above symptoms, definitely seek the help of a doctor.
Once you feel that labor is about to start – The first pain is felt between 5 and 15 minutes. This pain may last for 60 to 90 seconds. As the delivery approaches, the interval of the baby’s movement may decrease. At some point, pain medication is also more likely to be injected.