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Pregnancy At Week 39

Pregnancy At Week 39

When you are pregnant and at week 39, you know that this is where some major changes start happen and may be a little nervous about it. If you are approaching this stage of your pregnancy, keep reading, go over the main points carefully and start preparing accordingly.

1. Baby’s growth during the full term

The week 39 is a full term when the baby has started to create a layer of fat, which has the role of controlling their body temperature after birth. The baby’s outer layers of skin slough off, while new skin appears underneath. The baby should be the size of a small watermelon at this point, but boys are usually a bit heavier. In the following week, your baby will be the size of a small pumpkin.

2. Body changes and what should you expect to experience

Week 39 pregnancy ordeals are stressful, as there is always a possibility of going into labor during this week, and you will probably experience the following symptoms:

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  • Swelling
  • Breasts are growing and becoming more sensitive
  • Colostrum leakage
  • False labor contractions

At this point it is probably very hard for you to get up when sitting or lying. It is completely normal, as your body is swelling. Also, your breast will become even more sensitive and bigger, and you will start leaking colostrum, a nipple discharge that many mothers experience during their pregnancy. It lasts until you start making milk, about 2 days after birth. Your body is preparing for the delivery, so in the 39th week it is completely normal and expected to leak colostrum.

Many women don’t experience false labor contractions until this week, so if you are one of them, don’t be scared and try to figure out if they are false or real. The easiest way to determine if you are about to deliver or you are experiencing false labor contractions is the fact that when you have real labor contractions you are unable to talk and walk properly.

3. What if your water breaks?

If your water breaks and you feel real labor contractions, immediately call your caregiver or healthcare provider, and go to the hospital. Don’t panic, you won’t give birth at that very moment – it usually lasts longer and can even reach 12 hours, but don’t wait too long to go to the hospital. Have a bag with clothes and other essential items that you will need at the hospital ready to go during this week, because you can never know when your water will break.

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4. Will the baby be healthy if born now?

As all the organs are mature by week 39 and already functioning on their own, your bundle of joy will be perfectly healthy. Your baby will begin to use its lungs right after the birth. On the other hand, if you don’t give birth during this week, your baby will continue to grow. That being said, it’s best to give it time and not rush things.

5. Tips for week 39 pregnancy

Giving birth is a wonderful, but also painful and a pretty scary experience. When week 39 comes, moms can’t wait to greet the newborn, but they are still scared of the whole process, especially if it is their first child.

You aren’t alone, and every woman experiences different difficulties. Let’s go through the most common problems and some tips every future mom needs:

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  • Trouble sleeping  – the most common problem pregnant women have is this one, and the best solution is sleeping in a recliner;
  • Drink a lot of water and keep on eating healthy food;
  • Escape from stress and enjoy your favorite music or any other stress-relieving activity;
  • Go for a walk – physical activity is very important at this stage;
  • If you are wondering whether you should continue to use some beauty products or if you should dye your hair, know that many of these products can do you no harm; however, if you have any doubts, consult with the professional.

If you experience any pain, make sure you contact your caregiver immediately.

6. What happens to mother’s body after giving birth?

After the delivery your body will need some time to go back to the way it looked before. You will definitely start losing weight immediately, but you won’t look as you did before getting pregnant after just a few days. After some time, you will definitely have the same figure as before, but that pregnant belly might not go away just like that.

So, if you want to lose it, then you should start exercising and eating a bit less, but take things gradually. Start with walks and slowly introduce more challenging exercises, and be sure to keep eating healthy food. Avoid restrictive diets while you are breastfeeding, and just focus on eating in moderation.

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After birth, the cells of your uterus will start to slough off and cause lochia discharge, which is menstrual-like. It will feel like you are on your period, but with time it will change in color – from red to white – until it stops.

7. Baby blues

This is very important for daddies, as well as mommies. As you just gave birth, your emotions will be a bit mixed, so you will feel exhausted, sad, weepy, anxious and moody. This doesn’t last long, but it will happen and you need your husband’s or family’s full support.

Before this happens, daddies should start educating themselves. The best way to do it is by consulting with a professional and other fathers who have already went through all that. If you don’t have friends who had a baby, then search for some daddy stories online and get the needed information. Baby blues usually lasts for two weeks, so these mood swings and possible cravings will disappear in no time.

You might not experience some of these symptoms, because everything is individual, but the problems and experiences mentioned here are the most common. If you feel any pain, or if the baby starts moving less call your caregiver. React on time and don’t wait for the pain to go away.

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Last Updated on August 22, 2019

14 Helpful Tips for Single Parents: How to Stay Sane While Doing it All

14 Helpful Tips for Single Parents: How to Stay Sane While Doing it All

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 27% of children under the age of 18 are living with a single parent.[1] That’s over 1/4th of the U.S. population.There is a common misconception that children who grow up in single parent homes are not as successful as children living in two-parent homes.

One crucial detail that was often left out of studies when comparing single and two-parent homes was the stability of the household. There is a correlation between family structure and family stability, but this study shows that children who grow up in stable single-parent homes do as well as those in married households in terms of academic abilities and behavior.

But providing stability is easier said than done. With only one adult to act as a parent, some tasks are inherently more challenging. However, there are a few helpful things you can do to make the parenting journey a little easier for yourself and stay sane while doing it.

1. Don’t Neglect Self-Care

Before anything else can be done, you must be caring for your own needs adequately. Only when you are feeling well-rested and healthy can you be at your best for your children.

Many parents tend to put their kids’ needs first and their owns last, but that will result in a never-ending cycle of exhaustion and feelings of inadequacy. Make time to eat regularly and healthfully, get plenty of rest, and squeeze in exercise whenever you can. Even a short walk around the neighborhood will help your body get much-needed movement and fresh air.

Your children depend on you, and it’s up to you to make sure that you are well-equipped and ready to take on that responsibility.

2. Join Forces with Other Single Parents

At times, it may seem like you’re the only person who knows what it’s like to be a single parent. However, the statistics say that there are many others who know exactly what you’re going through.

Find single parents locally, through your kid’s school, extracurricular activities, or even an app. There are also numerous online communities that can offer support and advice, through Facebook or sites like Single Mom Nation.

Although single moms make up the majority of single parents, there are more than 2.6 million single dads in the U.S. A great way to connect is through Meetup. Other single parents will more than happy to arrange babysitting swaps, playdates, and carpools.

Join forces in order to form mutually beneficial relationships.

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3. Build a Community

In addition to finding support with other single parents, also build a community comprised of families of all different types. Rather than focus solely on the single parent aspect of your identity, look for parents and kids who share other things in common.

Join a playgroup, get plugged in at a church, or get to know the parents of the kids involved in the same extracurricular activities. Having a community of a variety of people and families will bring diversity and excitement into your and your kids’ lives.

4. Accept Help

Don’t try to be a superhero and do it all yourself. There are probably people in your life who care about you and your kids and want to help you. Let them know what types of things would be most appreciated, whether it’s bringing meals once a week, helping with rides to school, or giving you time to yourself.

There is no shame in asking for help and accepting assistance from loved ones. You will not be perceived as weak or incompetent. You are being a good parent by being resourceful and allowing others to give you a much-needed break.

5. Get Creative with Childcare

Raising a child on a single income is a challenge, with the high cost of daycares, nannies, and other conventional childcare services. More affordable options are possible if you go a less traditional route.

If you have space and live in a college town, offer a college student housing in exchange for regular childcare. Or swap kids with other single parents so that your kids have friends to play with while the parents get time to themselves.

When I was younger, my parents had a group of five family friends, and all of the children would rotate to a different house each day of the week, during the summer months. The kids would have a great time playing with each other, and the parents’ job becomes a lot easier. That’s what you would call a win-win situation.

6. Plan Ahead for Emergencies

As a single parent, a backup plan or two is a must in emergency situations. Make a list of people you know you can call in a moment’s notice. There will be times in which you need help, and it’s important to know ahead of time who you can rely on.

Look into whether or not your area offers emergency babysitting services or a drop-in daycare. Knowing who will be able to care for your child in the event of an emergency can relieve one potential source of anxiety in stressful situations.

7. Create a Routine

Routines are crucial for young children because knowing what to expect gives them a semblance of control. This is even more important when in a single parent home.

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If the child travels between homes or has multiple caretakers, life can seem extremely chaotic and unpredictable. Establish a routine and schedule for your child as much as possible. This can include bedtime, before/after school, chores, meal times, and even a weekend routine.

Having a routine does not mean things cannot change. It is merely a default schedule to fall back on when no additional events or activities are going on. When your children know what to expect, they will be less resistant because they know what to expect, and days will run much more smoothly.

8. Be Consistent with Rules and Discipline

If your child has multiple caretakers, such as another parent, grandparent, or babysitter, communicate clearly on how discipline will be handled. Talk to your ex, if you are sharing custody, as well as any other caretakers about the rules and the agreed-upon approach to discipline.

When a child realizes that certain rules can be bent with certain people, he/she will use it to their advantage, causing additional issues with limits, behavior, and discipline down the road.

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9. Stay Positive

Everyone has heard the saying, “Mind over matter.” But there really is so much power behind your mentality. It can change your perspective and make a difficult situation so much better.

Your kids will be able to detect even the smallest shift in your attitude. When the responsibilities of motherhood are overwhelming, stay focused on the positive things in your life, such as your friends and family. This will produce a much more stable home environment.

Maintain your sense of humor and don’t be afraid to be silly. Look towards the future and the great things that are still to come for you and your family. Rediscover and redefine your family values.

10. Move Past the Guilt

In a single parent home, it is impossible to act as both parents, regardless of how hard you try. Let go of the things that you cannot do as a single parent, and instead, think of the great things you ARE able to provide for your children.

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Leave behind the notion that life would be easier or better with two parents. This is simply not true. There is a multitude of pros and cons to all family dynamics, and the one you are providing for your kids now is the one that they need.

Don’t get bogged down by guilt or regret. Take control of your life and be the best parent you can by being present and engaged with them on a daily basis.

11. Answer Questions Honestly

Your kids may have questions about why their home situation is different from many of their friends. When asked, don’t sugarcoat the situation or give them an answer that is not accurate.

Depending on their age, take this opportunity to explain the truth of what happened and how the current circumstances came about. Not all families have two parents, whether that is due to divorce, death, or whatever else life brings.

Don’t give more detail than necessary or talk badly about the other parent. But strive to be truthful and honest. Your children will benefit more from your candor than a made-up story.

12. Treat Kids Like Kids

In the absence of a partner, it can be tempting to rely on your children for comfort, companionship, or sympathy. But your kids are not equipped to play this role for you.

There are many details within an adult relationship that children are not able to understand or process, and it will only cause confusion and resentment.

Do not take out your anger on your kids. Separate your emotional needs from your role as a mother. If you find yourself depending on your kids too much, look for adult friends or family members that you can talk to about your issues.

13. Find Role Models

Find positive role models of the opposite sex for your child. It’s crucial that your child does not form negative associations with an entire gender of people.

Find close friends or family members that would be willing to spend one-on-one time with your kids. Encourage them to form meaningful relationships with people that you trust and that they can look up to.

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Role models can make a huge difference in the path that a child decides to take, so be intentional about the ones that you put in your kids’ lives.

14. Be Affectionate and Give Praise

Your children need your affection and praise on a daily basis. Engage with your kids as often as possible by playing with them, going on outings, and encouraging open dialogue.

Affirm them in the things that they are doing well, no matter how small. Praise their efforts, rather than their achievements. This will inspire them to continue to put forth hard work and not give up when success is not achieved.

Rather than spending money on gifts, spend time and effort in making lasting memories.

Final Thoughts

Being a single parent is a challenging responsibility to take on. Without the help of a partner to fall back on, single parents have a lot more to take on.

However, studies show that growing up in a single parent home does not have a negative effect on achievement in school. As long as the family is a stable and safe environment, kids are able to excel and do well in life.

Use these tips in order to be a reliable and capable parent for your kids, while maintaining your own well-being and sanity.

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