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Pregnancy At Week 39

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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.

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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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Published on August 26, 2021

How to Get Kids to Listen And Respect You

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How to Get Kids to Listen And Respect You

Do your kids listen to you the first time you ask them to do something? If not, then you may have to keep reading. Kids will truly listen when there is mutual respect between you and them. They will listen to you when they know that when you say something, you mean it.

Here are ten tips on how to get your kids to listen and respect you.

1. Show Mutual Respect

You can get kids to listen by demanding authority and ruling with an iron fist, but at what cost? You can yell and scream your kids into submission and obedience, but at what cost? The cost will be your relationship with your child in the long run, as resentments will form in them.

If you don’t show respect for your kids, it is going to be hard to get them to listen to you. They may obey, but if you act as a tyrant who demands that kids do what you say because you are the one in charge, then you are fighting a losing battle. The basis of your relationship must begin with respect. Mutual respect is the foundation for any relationship, including the parent-child relationship.

2. Avoid Yelling

When yelling and dominance are the themes of the relationship, then an undercurrent of resentment will develop in the child. Nobody wants to feel dominated, nor do they want to feel that they are of less value than another person.

Let your child know that you value them through respectful interactions. You are still the parent, but you can parent and get your kids to listen through respectful interaction. When you use demanding, authoritarian parenting methods, you are undermining your relationship with the child and resentments are likely to form.

Avoid yelling to gain respect from your child. If you fall back to yelling, screaming, and making demands, then you are undermining your ability to gain your child’s respect in the long run.

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3. Use the Golden Rule

Respect is founded on the golden rule: treat others as you want to be treated. If you want your child to respect you, you must also treat them with respect. This means talking to your child in a tone that is kind, genuine, and considerate. Granted, this is not easy when your four-year-old is having a meltdown in aisle 5 of the grocery store and you have many more errands to run, work to do, and no extra time on hand. It takes practice to parent without yelling and heightened emotions.

We are still people and get mad at our kids. However, we have to keep in mind that they are learning and we have far more years of practice at these things. We must keep our cool and maintain authority while parenting.

How do you want to be talked to when you are having a bad day and feel like melting down? That is how you should talk to your child who is having a meltdown and is obviously having a bad day. Kindness, love, and respect, when paired with authority, will create a relationship where your child will listen and respect you. Treat them as you want to be treated.

4. Ensure that Your Words Have Consequences

We know that mutual respect is the first step to getting our kids to listen. This respect will help them be open to what we have to say. If they feel that they matter because you respect them, then they will develop respect for you. This will help when it comes to disciplining your child.

The second step is ensuring that our words have consequences. When it comes to discipline, your words must have weight. If you say you are going to do something, you must do it.

For example, if you ask your child to stop hitting the couch while you are typing an article for Lifehack and they keep hitting it, then let them know that if they don’t stop, they get a five-minute time-out. True story, this just happened. He stopped. Why did he stop? Because he knew I meant what I said. If he didn’t stop, he knew it would mean an immediate time out, not an additional warning and more time to carry on with the behavior that I asked him to stop.

I asked in a calm voice while looking into his eyes, letting him know I was serious. He also knows that I mean what I say because he is now seven years old and has experienced consistent follow-through with punishments for years. I don’t ask the same thing several times. I also don’t make threats. I follow through with reasonable punishments when the instructions and requests are not followed by my child.

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5. Avoid Big Threats

I have seen parents make big threats, thinking that the bigger the threat, the more the child is likely to stop the behavior. This is not reasonable, nor is it a good idea. Big threats that you don’t follow through with make your words meaningless.

For example, if I had told my son that I was going to throw away his toys if he didn’t stop hitting the couch, that would have been unreasonable. Throwing away toys that cost a bit of money to buy as a consequence of a small infraction (hitting the couch while I am typing) is unreasonable. If he kept hitting the couch, what would I do? It would be unrealistic to actually throw away the toys.

Therefore, many parents in this instance keep making the same threat with no actual follow-through. The threats continue because the behavior continues and even escalates (i.e. the couch hitting gets louder and harder) and finally, the parent must throw away the toys and/or resorts to a different punishment to stop the escalation.

The escalation could have been avoided by stating realistic consequences and following through the first time. Time-outs and taking away a toy or a privilege are all reasonable. I often take away my kid’s tablet time or give five-minute time-outs as a consequence. I avoid making big threats that I cannot follow through with in good conscience. It helps me in the long run because when I give reasonable consequences, I can easily follow through with the punishment at that moment and not feel terrible.

Avoid making big threats that you cannot follow through with in good conscience. Instead, provide consequences with warnings and ensure that the punishment is worthy of the behavior. Small infractions should get small consequences. Big infractions require more serious consequences. Don’t make a habit of making big threats of big consequences that you can’t actually enforce.

6. Follow Through

A method of parenting where a parent follows through with their consequences immediately is called the “one ask approach.” In this method, a parent asks their child only once to do something. If they don’t do it, then the parent provides a consequence if they don’t do as asked.

For example, if you ask your child to put their dishes in the sink but they don’t get up and start doing the task, then the parent can let the child know the consequence if they don’t follow through with what was asked. If they don’t put away their dishes, they are going to lose half an hour of their TV time. They don’t get three warnings or even two. One warning is all that is provided. If they don’t follow instructions, then the consequence is dealt out.

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In this example, if the child doesn’t put away their dishes after the warning is provided, then the parent follows through and says “I am sorry, but now you lost half of your TV time for tonight.” The parent must then not allow the child to watch TV and can suggest reading books or playing outside instead. This method will help you parent with consistency.

7. Give Them Your Full Attention

When you are speaking to your child look them in the eye and give them your full attention. This approach is much more fruitful in getting your child to listen than distracted, partial attention.

Case in point: if a parent is playing a game on their phone and yells across the room to have their child go do their homework, the interaction is less meaningful than making a face-to-face request. If the parent sets down their phone and walks over to their child and looks in their child’s eyes and says, “it is time to stop watching tv for now and do your homework, you can watch after your homework is finished,” it is much more likely to be fruitful because full attention is provided.

Giving your child your full attention with eye contact and face-to-face interactions shows them that you care and you are serious about what you are saying. This will go a long way toward getting your child to listen and respond to what you have to say.

8. Show Genuine Care

Showing that you care is immensely meaningful to any child. Your child needs to know that you care about them. Your words, actions, and tone of voice show that you care. If you care, be sure to show it.

For example, if I want my kids to set the table for dinner, yelling at them saying “you know its time for dinner, you should have set the table five minutes ago” will not be as productive as making a caring statement. Such a caring statement could be “you do a great job setting the dinner table. It is so nice to work together, with me making the meal and you setting the table so we can enjoy time together each night. Can you set the table in the next twenty minutes before dinner?”

Showing your child that you care will help build a positive relationship, and your child will be more likely to listen and respect you. Your words and actions in your daily interaction will show that you genuinely care for your child.

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9. Show Them That You Value Them

Giving your child your full attention also shows them that you care and that they are valued. Everyone wants to feel valued. Our children should always feel that we value them.

Some ways that you can give your child attention and show that they are valued include the following:

  • Praise your child.
  • Give physical affections, such as hugs.
  • Show interest in their activities.
  • Get on their level when talking.
  • Make eye contact and smile while interacting.
  • Give positive feedback in your daily interactions.
  • Provide them with support in accomplishing daily activities (i.e. help your child tie their shoes and teach them at the same time as they are learning this task).
  • Build up your child with positive messages.
  • Reassure your child when they are fearful.
  • Support your child when they are upset.
  • Make time to spend with your child one on one daily.
  • Respond to your child every time they talk to you (do not ignore them).
  • Ask your child about their day with meaningful, open-ended questions.

According to the article, Positive Attention and Your Child,[1]

“From birth, children need experiences and relationships that show them they’re valued, capable human beings who bring pleasure to others. Positive attention, reactions and responses from key grown-ups help children build a picture of how valued they are.”

Children must be told and shown that they are valued. What we say and how we act toward our children should be done in a way that makes them consistently feel valued. This will help build a relationship where listening and respect go both ways.

10. Be a Good Role Model

To get your kids to listen and respect you, then you must also be a good role model worthy of respect. Kids watch their parents and caregivers and thus, will imitate their behavior.

Case in point: if you consistently object to figures of authority and do not follow rules or laws, then your child is observing and learning this from you. They will learn that they do not need to listen to or respect authority figures. Be an example that teaches your child to listen and respect others by your own behaviors and modeling.

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The Bottom Line

The bottom line to teaching kids to listen and respect you is to treat them with respect and follow through with consequences. Your words must have weight, and this only happens when you are consistent with your follow-through. Treating your child with love, respect, care, and affection is important to creating a relationship where they want to listen to you and mutually respect you.

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Featured photo credit: Tanaphong Toochinda via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] raisingchildren.net.au: Positive attention and your child

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