At 39 weeks into your pregnancy, you are more than likely ready to have a baby. You may be feeling clumsy and much more tired now. The weight gain is definitely slowing you down. And, you are probably still having some of the late pregnancy symptoms like constipation, bladder pressure, trouble sleeping, haemorrhoids, heartburn, varicose veins, pelvic pain, leg cramps, Braxton Hicks contractions, and swelling.
Remember that some swelling is normal and is to be expected; however, if you notice swelling that appears rapidly (you wake up swollen), or swelling that is accompanied by a headache or blurred vision, contact your doctor immediately.
As you get closer and closer to your due date, you could notice that you lose your mucus plug. The mucus plug is the mucus structure that closed off your uterus, protecting your baby from infection in the womb. The mucus plug could come out at any time from now until right before you go into labour. When you lose the mucus plug, there could be a discharge that is slightly tinted with blood.
Many women wonder what will happen if they were to go past their due dates. Depending on the circumstances, your doctor could induce your labour. If there is any reason to believe that it would be risky to you or your baby if your pregnancy were to continue, labour induction is suggested.
Labour is induced by the doctor by either manually rupturing your membranes (which is equivalent to your water breaking) or by inserting a gel or suppository to stimulate contractions and soften the cervix for dilation. An intravenous drug is also given to progress the contractions. After that, it’s just a matter of time.