39 Weeks Pregnant: Too Early for Induction“I breathe and feel deeply while slowing down and honoring this transition time.”
If you’re healthy, let your baby’s brain keep growing! Getting to 39 weeks is a goal, but 40 weeks is often better. “Experts are learning that scheduling an early birth for non-medical reasons can cause problems for mom and baby,” says the March of Dimes. They go on to explain that before 39 weeks, babies are actually still immature in brain development, while babies born after 39 weeks have health advantages. [1, 2] Plus, spontaneous labor gives baby and birth giver the advantage of hormones like oxytocin that aren’t available when labor starts artificially with medication.
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Pregnancy discomfort is a leading reason why inductions are requested this week. To help baby grow their brain fully, let’s help you find immediate comfort. See our Activities of the Week below for tips on releasing tight muscles and supporting loose muscles. For starters, wear a sacroiliac (SI) belt around the hips or a belly band under the abdomen. The key to comfort: pelvic stability meets mobility.
A well-functioning metabolism also seems to support baby’s spontaneous start of labor. You’ve developed a happy metabolism with your self-care during this pregnancy. We presented you with self-care to help restore and maintain body balancing. Balancing helps baby curl into a snug, little ball and aim the crown of the head onto the inside of the cervix. Now your body senses baby’s presence on the “door” of the uterus. Hormones respond. This round, even pressure feels like a fullness low in your center. Later the hormonal response helps baby and uterus begin a smooth labor.
Spinning Babies Activities of the Week
- Gain pregnancy comfort with body balance, including:
- Boost your energy by adding liquid chlorophyll and alfalfa tablets to your diet. You’ll know it’s working when you notice an energy lift—and green poops.
- Stay off your sacrum. Sit up on your sitz bones. Let your belly be a hammock and keep your spine supple rather than slouched.
- Do something creative this week. Get out into nature. Take a glorious calendula flower bath.
Your Baby This Week
Your baby likely weighs anywhere between 6.5 to 9 pounds. Though your care providers may try to predict your baby’s size through hand palpation or ultrasound, try not to focus on predictions. Many late-term size predictions are just that—predictions that can often be wrong! Trust that your body is growing the right-sized baby for you.
You This Week
You may continue to notice an increase in vaginal discharge or bloody show, as well as practice contractions. As a mindfulness practice for labor and parenting, pay attention to your body and heart. Instead of pushing away your needs and emotions, listen to them. What do they tell you? How can you nourish yourself deeply at the end of this pregnancy? As you continue listening to what you need now, you’ll grow stronger at listening to yourself during labor and parenting too.
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that can affect your conscious thoughts. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and repeat the following to yourself each day throughout the next week. Fill yourself with breath and feel the joy: