39 Weeks Pregnant
If your baby isn’t already home, expect to hear her first cry any time now. At 39 weeks pregnant, she is ready to meet the outside world but keep in mind that she will do so when she is ready.
She is over 3 kilograms heavy and the length of a leek and has filled out enough fat under her skin to keep her warm when outside the womb. 39 weeks pregnant means her growth has slowed as the birth process will be just as taxing for her as it will be for you so she needs to hold onto the energy.
Her tear ducts and brains are rapidly developing and will continue to for the first few weeks and months after she is born. She will not be able to shed tears until a month after birth but you will be able to monitor her brain development by how she responds to the stimuli all round her when she’s born.
You are exhausted and this is understandable-after all, you are 39 Weeks Pregnant! Your belly is as stretched as it can be and these last days may even feel longer than normal. Rest as much as you can to reserve the energy for the birth process, you can try this by opting for a cheap holiday deals at nearby hotels in Kenya. Don’t forget to keep up the light walking pregnancy exercises that you’ve been doing. Keep listening to make sure that your baby is still moving. Your breasts at this point will continue to fill out with milk and they may start to leak if they weren’t already.
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You may also experience indigestion or diarrhoea at this point. These are all early signs of labour and there should be no cause for alarm as long as it isn’t severe. You may also experience an increased appetite.
This week’s tip: While your body has been preparing itself to nourish your little one right from the onset, a nipple that isn’t protruding enough will make it hard for the baby to latch on. If you establish that your nipples are either flat or inverted, you can get them to protrude by wearing a breast shield inside your bra. This can be purchased from the shop and it has a ring that applies pressure around the nipple so that it protrudes. This can also be done manually by placing the nipple between your finger and your thumb and gently pressing back the breast so that the nipple sticks out.
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