By Pregnancy week 40, you may welcome a new life!
Congratulations! You are nine months pregnant. This can be your last week of pregnancy as 40 weeks pregnant is baby’s official deadline. So, now you may be very eager to meet your baby and don’t want to be pregnant anymore. But don’t stress yourself. When your baby will be ready to come out of your womb, he/she will give you the right signals that it’s time. Just stay cool and positive.
Read this article to know more about your 40th week of pregnancy.
In Pregnancy week 40:
Your baby has gained enough fat underneath his skin. The internal organs and body parts are fully developed and matured. The reflux system is also developed and functioning well. The baby can now respond to the light when it is shown near to her. Her kicks and movements inside your tummy will be less now. But if you notice any sudden decrease, contact your doctor immediately. So, make sure to pay attention for each little stretch and push. She has already taken the birthing position i.e. head-down position by now.
When you will hold your baby for the first time, talk to her a lot so that she can recognize your voice. Remember Moms, she is unfamiliar with the outside environment but familiar with yours and your better half’s voice. And also, at birth she can only focus about an inch away. You will appear little blurry for her. So, she can just get a comfort after listening the known voices.
When your baby will come out from your womb, she will still be curled up in the fetal position as this is the most comfortable and the only known pose since so long for her. Isn’t it will be such a cute thing to notice this? Hold up your patience, Moms! Just few days or hours left for meeting your baby. You can expect your delivery anytime soon.
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You may experience the following changes and symptoms during your 40th week of pregnancy:
This week you will visit your doctor for check up and internal examination to check the position of cervix, its dilation, softness and effacement. By now you may have dilated to few centimetres, even if you haven’t had any contractions. Surprised? This is because your baby’s weight is putting pressure on the tissues which is making your cervix ripen or thin. You will be asked to go for the ultrasound for checking breathing and overall movements of baby.
Below are the signs which indicates you are going through real labor and not Braxton Hicks. Yes! No more waiting now for your baby. Rush to the hospital immediately.
| Your cervix should be dilated to 10 centimetres, so baby can pass into the birth canal at delivery. |
If you are dilated a bit, your doctor may strip your membranes. This stripping off membranes may trigger labor within hours or days in some women. But in some cases, it is ineffective.
Note: Though your baby has reached her due date but delivery never happens on exact due date. Only 4% babies arrive on their due date while other babies always pass their due date or born earlier (between weeks 37 and 42). For a first time mom, normally 41 weeks is the final due date i.e. going into labor naturally. Whereas for a second time mom, she may tends to go into labor naturally at 40 weeks.
But if you don’t go into labor naturally, then it will usually be induced between one and two weeks overdue, or even sooner if the doctor deem the risk of waiting greater than the risk of delivering your baby immediately. And if you are so eager to meet your baby, then there are some natural ways too for inducing the labor.
Note: Before using any of the above mentioned methods/ways, kindly consult your doctor. Some of the methods mentioned above have high labor induction, so it shouldn’t be done at home or without proper supervision.
However at this stage, your doctor may recommend a medical induction. But if in your internal check up, the doctor finds no complications and your baby is healthy too, then he may suggest you to wait for another week for going into labor naturally. Although there are chances of you going into labor naturally by the end of this week. But still if you don’t go please don’t panic at all. Your baby won’t be staying in the womb forever. Relax!
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Have faith in yourself. If all other women on this earth can do this, why can’t you? Trust us, when you will see your baby all your pains will fade away.
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