Pregnancy week 40

How's the foetus during week 40?

Pregnancy at term- This is it!

Your baby is about 51 - 52 cm and weighs about 3.3 - 3.4 kg. (Not all babies are the same size. the average weight range is between 2.5 and 3.8kg) 

  • If your baby hasn't been born yet, don't panic. Only 5% of babies are born on their scheduled date. A baby is only considered overdue at 42 weeks, and you might then need to be induced. 
  • Most of the vernix (the whitish substance that covers him or her) is gone.

What's with my body: Any day now- just keep going!

Your amniotic fluid is pale and milky because of the vernix coming off your baby's skin. 
Don't worry - you won't be pregnant forever. 
Rest as much as possible, you must be tired! 

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

Congratulations! You're a mom! Or, maybe you're still waiting – many first time mother's only give birth a week or two after their due date.

Your baby: Your first glimpse

After all the weeks and months of waiting and preparing, your baby is finally here! Don't be alarmed if your little one doesn't arrive camera-ready: most newborns have heads temporarily misshapen from the birth canal and may be covered in blood and a white, greasy substance known as vernix caseosa, which helps ease the baby's delivery and protect against minor skin infections. Skin rashes, discoloration and dry patches are also common and will clear up over time.

Sam Wilson sums up the magic of those first weeks with her new baby in this paragraph from 'After birth... the magic of baby': "The wonder of cradling a tiny foot in your lap, right above where that foot was nestled inside you just days before. Little fingers that wrap around yours. There is the weird sense that you've seen this face before, in others that you love... Modern life has so little magic. Those first weeks with your newborn... that, to me, is as shiny as magic gets. Revel in it."

How you may be feeling:

While this can be an exhilarating time, it can also be a bit daunting, especially if this is your first child. Don't hesitate to reach out to family and friends for advice and support. Most of all, give yourself a pat on the back for successfully navigating nine months of incredible physical and emotional changes. All of us at YourParenting are proud of you. Welcome to motherhood!

Tip of the week

Relish the last days of feeling your baby moving inside you if you haven't yet given birth. It is an utterly magical time that you will miss, despite all the niggles over the past 40 weeks.

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