Week 39 pregnancy symptoms

See what symptoms you should expect in your 39th week of pregnancy

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  • Your pregnant body

    After seeing countless fictional births on the big screen you might be anxious about your waters breaking when you're in the supermarket, at the bus stop or some similarly inconvenient time. In reality, less than 15% of women experience their waters breaking at the onset of labour and if you're in that percentage, then don't panic, you're also unlikely to experince a great rush of fluid.

    If you're standing up then your baby's head will prevent much fluid leaking out, and you may not even notice leakage unless you are lying down. You'll know whether your waters have broken by smelling the fluid to check it isn't urine. Don't be concerned that the baby will have no fluid left, your body will continue to produce it until after birth, but you should still call your doctor or midwife immediately.Depending on circumstances they might recommend that you stay at home and wait for contractions to begin, or that you make your way to hospital.

    Now find out what you should be doing this week...

  • What should you be doing this week?

    At this point, it would be a good idea to think about what would help you through labour. For example a birthing ball, beanbag and large pillows, will make labour a bit more comfortable for you. Find out what things will be available for you to use and what you will need to bring with you. You may want to bring familiar things with you, to reassure you and put you at ease.

    You may want to bring:

    • Calming music
    • Electric aromatherapy burner
    • Water spray to freshen you up
    • Natural sponge to use to cool you down
    • Magazine or book
    • Hot water bottle
    • Massage lotion
    • Snacks
    • Flask for ice cubes
    • Mirror, if you want to see your baby emerge

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 39 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

    Find out what symptoms you experienced at 38 weeks pregnant and what ones you can look out for at 40 weeks pregnant.