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Fetal development - week 39

We're ready to go

Posted: 19 May 2005
by ThinkBaby

Your baby now probably weighs between 7 and 7.5 pounds or 3 and 3.5 kilos. He is completely ready to be born, but might not decide to make an appearance by your due date, particularly if this is your first. He'll still be using the time inside your womb well though, practising breathing with amniotic fluid and continuing to put on fat supplies that will help him regulate his body temperature once he's born.

What’s happening with Mum?
After seeing countless fictional birth accounts on the silver screen you might be anxious about your waters breaking when you’re out an about in public or some similarly inconvenient time, the reality is that fewer than 15% of women experience their waters breaking as the onset of labour and if you’re in that percentage then you’re also unlikely to experience a great rush of fluid: If you’re standing up then your baby’s head is likely to prevent much fluid leaking out, so you may not notice leakage unless you are lying down. If you think your waters have broken (check the leakage to see whether it looks or smells like urine or something else), then don’t worry that the baby will have no fluid left, your body will continue to produce fluid until birth, but you should call your doctor or midwife immediately. Depending on the circumstances they might recommend that you stay at home and wait for contractions to begin, or that you make your way to hospital.

NB: All pregnancies are different and fetal growth rates vary, this is meant only as an approximate guide to development. If you have any concerns about your developing pregnancy then speak to your doctor.

Preparing for birth

Hospital checklist- If you're going to the hospital you'll need to take a long a well-packed bag.

The onset of labour? - If you're not sure how you'll know that labour has started then make sure you check our indications of labour and know how to respond when they appear.

Birth experiences

And so it starts - Midway through cleaning out the fridge (don’t ask me why it just had to be done right then!) there could be no doubt though they were definitely contractions... Julie tells us in her birth story and there are plenty of other birth story articles and blogs on the site.

Blog away! If you've been keeping a blog of your pregnancy on TB don't forget to add your birth story to complete it. And then why not start a new parenting blog?

Home birth? - A friend of mine recently gave birth at home, with an independent midwife, an experience she raves about. I love the idea, but am a bit concerned that doctors, drugs, surgery and equipment are more readily available at hospital. If you're having a home birth then join in the debate on the forum.

You can join in the discussions and share birth experiences and advice with other ThinkBaby members in the birth folder.

Great expectations

The first hours - Recovering from birth and getting to know your baby, what to expect for the first hours.

Getting started - Tangled emotions and a sore body, your first few weeks as a new mum.

Your baby in the first month - It might seem that when your baby is born, all she can do is cry, but that's far from the truth. Here's what to expect from your newborn and how things will change in the first month.

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