40 weeks pregnant

40 weeks pregnant

What’s happening in week 40

Baby due this week official end of your pregnancy ! This is the moment your baby and you have been waiting for. Almost 50% pregnancy ends in this week and other 30% ends before due date and rest of 20 % ends after the due date. In week 40 baby is ready to deliver at any time just keep in mind the signs of labor. If you don’t experience any sign of labor then your doctor or mid wife may induce it by sweeping it while vaginal examination and involves placing a finger inside the cervix and making circular, sweeping movement as a ‘soft’ way of inducing labor. It is the safe way of inducing labor pains.

At a glance

  • As baby due this week so, doctor or midwife will discuss the options for induction of labor.

  • Be sure that you are talking with your little one so that he/she will likely recognize the sound of your voices.

  • If baby doesn’t arrive this week, about 20 % of pregnancies proceed past the 40-week mark.

  • All systems of baby are fully developed.

  • Since your baby has already shed most of his vernix, the waxy coating that acted as a moisturizer, his skin may be getting dry in spots.

40 weeks pregnant

How big is my baby at 40 weeks?

Once your pregnancy reached safely to week 40, your baby is more than ready to be delivered, and you are no doubt more anxious to meet him/her. Baby is around 50 cm in length now and weighing between 6 and 8 lbs which is a healthy weight of any baby. Your baby’s vision at the time of birth will have to see around 2.5 cm so they won’t be able to see much. He/she will however be able to recognize the sound of her mother and father. The skull bones of baby are not yet fused, which allows them to overlap a bit so easily fit through the birth canal during delivery.

If you not delivered this week, and your due date has passed, your midwife will be keeping a close eye on you and your baby, and in some cases may offer you an ultrasound scan to check on the well-being of your baby and your placenta (which could start to deteriorate if you go too overdue) and unborn baby’s movement and heartbeat.

Your doctor and midwife will suggest an induction if there are any concerns. Only 50% of babies are born on their due date so don’t panic. Mid wife may induce it by sweeping it while vaginal examination and involves placing a finger inside the cervix and making circular, sweeping movement as a ‘soft’ way of inducing labor. It is the safe way of inducing labor pains.

You at 40 weeks pregnant

  • You should have a routine antennal appointment booked for week 40 and you should also have one booked for 41 weeks in case your baby doesn’t arrive this week.
  • If you go over your due date, you might be offered a membrane sweep by your midwife. It’s a drug-free way to help induce labor and involves your midwife making a circular, or sweeping, movement with her fingers on your cervix.
  • Your waters bag could break before you even go in the state of labor. If this does happen, it’s most likely go into labor within 24 hours. But if not, your midwife may recommend that your labor might need to be induced so as to reduce the risk of any infection. Amniotic fluid looks a bit like urine and is a pale straw color. When your waters break, the color may be a little blood stained to start with
  • Your vaginal discharge due to those pregnancy hormones (especially estrogen) increases in coming weeks and discharge may be getting thicker. Don’t do anything if you notice the mucous is pinkish, red or brownish a vaginal examination. That just means that your cervix, which is sensitive now and may be starting to dilate, has been bruised.
  • Heartburn, pregnant women old friend can make its presence felt again right now. As baby is pushing mother’s stomach and intestines up and out of their normal positions. So you don’t being able to digest your meals comfortably. So avoid spicy, hot, large meals as you can.
  • Feeling shortness of breath as pregnancy progresses is quite normal as lungs and diaphragm are being compressed and the baby is sitting high in your belly.
  • An epidural is the gold standard of pain relief but can increase the length of labor.
  • By now you may be having real contractions not Braxton Hicks. This means you are in the first stage of labor and the contractions may be as much as 20 minutes apart as your cervix is beginning to open and widen to around 3 cm.

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