One week to go!
A change in energy levels is pretty common this week. You may be increasingly exhausted or you may get a burst of energy (also known as the nesting instinct) as you try to organise and clean the house before the baby comes. Go ahead and clean, but don’t wear yourself out. Save that energy for childbirth instead of squandering it on a clean closet.
For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby's nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby's born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.
Your baby is now the size of a...
Your baby is now roughly the length and weight he will be upon his imminent arrival. His brain is still growing at an astonishing rate, this will continue for the early years of his life. You may be finding walking a little more difficult now but breathing a little easier.
The reason for this is that baby has descended into the birth canal although this doesn’t always happen prior to labour especially with the first baby.
Pregnancy symptoms at 39 weeks
Water breaking and regular contractions.
PS: Water breaking isn't as dramatic as they show in the movies - you might have a slow trickle instead of a huge gush of water.
Tips and advice for pregnancy at 39 weeks
By this point, you are most likely fed up of being pregnant. Walking and acupuncture are two great ways to induce labour. Try them out if you are at your wit's end.