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39 Weeks Pregnant – My Pregnancy Week-By-Week

39 Weeks Pregnant

I’m 39 weeks pregnant – how did that happen?!  I really did not think I’d make it this far – I expected I’d probably give birth weeks early like I did with Miss M. Here I am though, 39 weeks pregnant!

It’s been a fairly quiet week with only one slightly dramatic situation.

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I went to my 38 week midwife appointment on Tuesday and told her AGAIN about the severely itchy skin I’ve had.  I’ve had this for months as you know and I’ve told her about it at every appointment.   I’d asked her many times if she thought it might be obstetric cholestasis and she has said no as I’m not itchy on my hands and feet.  This time however, she decided I definitely could have it and sent me rushing to the hospital for a blood test to check.

I hate blood tests – well no-one likes them particularly I’m sure.  My veins are always hidden and it’s such a faff  to get blood.  It took 3 midwives 6 attempts before they finally got enough blood from the back of my hand – ouch.  They promised to call with the results later that day or first thing in the morning.  They didn’t.  I called them at lunchtime and they said my results were normal – as I completely expected them to be.

So drama aside, I’m glad not to have the condition and everything seems pretty normal :)

I’m huge and exhausted but trying to wait as patiently as possible for Mini to arrive!  The midwife said the baby is head down but lying sideways so I really need to encourage it to turn or I’m in for back labour again.

Otherwise I’ve been having the odd bounce on the birth ball and also attempted to spend time on all fours to try and get the baby to turn.  I didn’t realise how uncomfortable it is to be on all fours when you’re 39 weeks pregnant!  All my weight and the baby weight falls on to my shoulders and it’s pretty painful so I haven’t been able to do it much but I’ll persevere.

I’ve been having a lot of braxton hicks and they last ages – sometimes for a few minutes or more which makes things a little bit more uncomfortable.

I’m watching out for Kate Middleton’s baby announcement as she’s due any day too!  I bet she’ll beat me ha ha!

If any of you have any tips on safely inducing labour or getting a posterior baby to turn, please do comment below :)

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  1. HonestMum
    / 7:02 am

    Nearly there hun, remember the watermelon stage well and how uncomfortable it was. I didn’t get Braxton Hicks. Looking forward to hearing your happy news soon. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • / 12:44 pm

      Thanks lovely :) I hope to have news v v soon! :)

  2. mummyofboygirltwins
    / 8:28 am

    No tips from me – I went at 36 + 3 days and had a c sec! I guess twins is slightly different. Ooooooooh good luck honey I am watching social media waiting for your news x x x x x #sundaystars

    • / 12:43 pm

      Ah thank you so much! Hope it arrives soooon :) :)

  3. Mother of five
    / 2:07 am

    The waiting is so hard. I used to wake up every morning wondering if today would be my baby’s birthday. If you’re planning to breastfeed, the Breastfeeding Central app is brilliant. Perfect for a quick refresher now, and there’s a really helpful section on managing a toddler and the new baby.

    • / 12:43 pm

      Oh brilliant, I’ll try that app thanks! :)

  4. / 1:25 pm

    Eeep, not long to go now. Although my second was 9 days over, fingers crossed yours won’t be! Glad the itchiness isn’t anything serious.

    • / 4:07 pm

      Thanks so much!! :)

  5. Riona
    / 3:57 pm

    Good luck! I’ll be tuning in to see how the labour goes…

  6. A Cornish Mum
    / 11:56 am

    Aw not long to go now lovely!! As for turning the baby, no hints, both of mine were back on to back so that I had labour pains in my back as well as my front urghhh, crossing my fingers for you they turn! Just maybe not once the heads part way out like one of mine did (worst chinese burn ever and TMI i know! ;) )

    Stevie x

    • / 4:06 pm

      The back labour is not fun is it :( Turn, baby, turn!

  7. I am currently 35 weeks pregnant and also wondering how I got here so fast! Where has the time gone? No tips on inducing labour I’m afraid, I always end up going overdue! lol

    • / 4:05 pm

      Oh I hope you’re feeling well too! :)

  8. Mumma McD
    / 11:38 pm

    Just keep bouncing on the ball, and rocking on all fours. If it’s not too uncomfortable, kneel down and then kind of lean over the ball and rock back and forth. Also, there are some acupressure points in the hands that are easy to press – they help to stimulate labour. Google “acupressure points induction” to find instructions!

    Good luck!

    • / 4:05 pm

      Ooh I hadn’t thought about that – I’ll try, thanks so much! :)

  9. New Mumblings
    / 6:34 am

    Hang on in there – the end is in sight. If you think things are happening/starting to gear up I’d suggest a few drops of clary sage oil in a bath. I had that on day 11 overdue and my little boy in a hurry on day 12 over. Good luck! X

    • / 4:04 pm

      I’ve been clary-saging a lot this week! I haven’t done the bath yet with it though so will try that too – thanks lady! :)

  10. Tim Box Traveller
    / 9:43 pm

    Just catching up with my reading – so glad to hear the itching has turned out to be just that. What a faff though! Have you looked at the Spinjing Babies website? I’ve heard a few people talk about it – might help x

    • / 4:03 pm

      I have looked at Spinning Babies – I remember being addicted to it last time too! I can’t tell where the baby is now, it feels EVERYWHERE! :)

  11. / 8:49 am

    No tips I’m afraid as I didn’t have Sam till I was 13 days over but just wanted to send love and luck!! xxx

    • / 4:03 pm

      Oh thank you so much! :)

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