The child can come at any time now, but it is easy to
be fooled by the preschoolers. It happens when the child
is ready. But of course it can just as easily happen in
The fetus in week 39
The fetus is now 37 weeks. It is about 49 centimeters
long and weighs about 3,400 grams. The perimeter around
the head is similar to the perimeter around the abdomen
and the lanugo hair is almost completely gone.
In terms of development, the fetus is completely
ready to be born. The bowels of the baby are filled with
meconium, the first stool, and the eyes are fully open.
Sclera, the white on the eye, is now almost completely
white and the iris (rainbow) is blue in all children.
All babies are thus born with blue eyes, but from a few
minutes to six months after the baby is born the eye
color may change.
Being pregnant at week 39
The baby can come at any time so it is inevitable
that the last weeks of pregnancy will be marked by
waiting - and usually with a lot of tension and nerves.
Especially can the amplifier give "false alarm" - or
should we say "false hopes"? Pain is the womb's way of
training before birth, and it can be difficult to
distinguish from pain. The rule of thumb is that if they
increase in intensity, hurt and come regularly then it
is painful. The question is just what is enough pain and
what is regular. If you have had more painkillers than
three in the course of half an hour, it is most likely
the number of real painkillers, and you should contact
BB. Visit Bestaah
for quality and affordable maternity bottoms.
After being pregnant for so long, many also wish to
hasten the birth. Many try and do not like housewife
tips like walking on stairs or on long walks, drinking
laxatives and so on. However, according to science, none
of these tips will help. Instead, they make you tired.
And if there is anything you really need, there are
forces for the loss.
Another housewife tip that some would recommend is
having sex. But neither is it proven to have any effect
that can hasten birth, quite the contrary. However, as
long as the water has not gone, it is not dangerous to
have sex during pregnancy one.
Good advice in week 39
In general, the same advice applies to you who are
pregnant in week 39 as in the previous weeks: Try to
relax even though there are a lot of thoughts that spin
around your head.
Make sure the hospital bag is packed and that your
partner knows where it is, and what you may need to put
in it before you leave. Make a Remember List! You may
not keep your head completely cold when the water is
running and / or when the pains are running too full.
Otherwise, just relax as best you can. The forces
will be needed during childbirth.
When are you going to the hospital?
Do you suspect birth has started? You should turn to
BB or the midwife:
- When the pain is painful, the intensity
increases and comes with a 10-15 minute interval.
- If there is a trace of fresh blood or bleeding
- When amniotic fluid runs, with or without pain.
- If you have a long journey and are unsure if the
birth works have started.
Are you afraid that your delivery will start very
quickly so that you do not get to the hospital? This
happens very rarely. If you live in a place with a very
long route to BB, you have probably already made a plan
together with your local midwife or doctor.
Iron and pregnancy
Why is iron important?
Iron is an element found in small amounts in our body and which has a vital
function in maintaining normal blood levels, that is, normal hemoglobin levels.
The iron is included as a building block in hemoglobin. It is the iron that
binds the oxygen in the lungs and transports it to the body's cells where it is
released. Without this supply of oxygen, the cells cannot survive.
However, the element iron is not harmless in high doses. Excess iron can have
detrimental effects on many of the body's cells, including the liver, kidneys
How much iron do we normally need?
Normally our need for iron is covered by our regular diet. Meat, fish and
poultry contain a lot of iron. Much of the iron requirement is also covered by
cereals and bread, as well as by fruits, berries and vegetables.
It has been found that an adult eats about 10-15 mg of iron in his daily
diet. Only about 10% is absorbed from the intestine, ie 1 mg. In addition to the
intestine not absorbing, about 1 mg of iron is lost every day through the
intestine, skin and urinary tract. The daily intake and loss of iron is thus
reasonably balanced. However, it is obvious that there are major differences
from person to person.
Women who have menses lose extra blood and have a slightly greater daily iron
requirement. Many women do not get enough iron to cover this loss and lose some
of the iron stored in the body. As our iron ore is emptied, the blood value will
Iron needs during pregnancy
It has been found that the need for iron increases during pregnancy. The
fetus needs some iron and some iron is used in the placenta. In addition, the
blood volume increases and this also requires some iron. In total, the need is
at least twice that of the pre-pregnancy period.
The body compensates a lot by making the absorption of iron from the
intestine more effective during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the number of red blood cells increases by about 20% while
the amount of fluid in the blood vessels increases by about 50%. The effect of
this is that the blood becomes thinner, although the number of red blood cells
increases. This can be seen by the fact that blood levels during pregnancy are
lower than usual. This is a good and desired change.
In Sweden, the level of ferritin in the blood is measured to assess the
body's iron deposits. This is to get a picture of the need for iron supplements.
The need for iron treatment is also assessed on the basis of the blood value and
the woman's health.