What to do when you're 40 weeks pregnant? We'll help you answer all your questions about Pregnancy in Week 40.
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Your Baby in Week 40
Waiting to greet the world!
Your baby still weighs in at about three kilograms and still measures up to 21 inches. You are possibly only hours or just mere days away from seeing your little bundle of joy and happiness. Can you even believe it?
Your baby is most definitely settled into an upside-down position and will continue to lower himself into your cervix to come out into the real world. However, if your baby still has not changed his stance, with his head toward the birth canal, most doctors recommend that you give birth via a C-Section procedure.
The bones in his body have hardened except for the ones in his skull which still are not properly fused together. As your baby has done all the growing he can possible do inside the womb, there is only one last thing that is left for him to do: come out and say “hello” to the whole world!
Week 40 Symptoms
Now that you are in 40th week, it is no wonder that you have severe leg cramps. Your body is carrying all that weight, day and night. Take rest and relax your legs as much as you can.
Braxton Hicks contractions
Braxton-Hicks Contractions are like a tightening sensation happening in your uterus. These contractions are practice sessions in order to get your uterus in form to give birth. Do note the frequency and get to the doctor immediately, now that you are 40 weeks.
We understand that sleep is almost like a distant dream now. Hang in there, it is the 40th week.
Wow! From all that constipation, now you have moved onto diarrhea? Loose bowel movements are a definite sign on labour. Up on your feet, right away!
Lesser fetal activity
Are you feeling about 10 movements in couple of hours or less? Remember the baby is grown now and must not be finding enough space to move around.
Do you feel your cervix has started opening? It is mostly bound to happen this week, if not already. You could start the countdown to delivery from now.
Your Body in Week 40
Slow and steady!
If you have not experienced false contractions till yet, there are all chances that you will experience them now. Did you know that the baby is moving closer to your cervix now? This process is known as effacement. It means that the cervix is becoming softer, thinner and shorter in preparation for delivery.
Most women go into labor within 12 hours of their water breaking. Labor pain could last for a very short span of time for some women and for some, it could seem like eternity. During labor, you doctor will urge you to push when the time is just right. With each passing contraction, each push will reveal a little more of your baby's head from the vaginal opening.
If your baby's head does not slip back in, then it is called crowning. However, if you are starting to feel extremely uncomfortable to the point where you just wish the baby would pop out somehow (and of course you haven't gone into labor), there are ways to induce labor as well. Doctors generally wait for few more days to induce labor if it doesn't happen by due date.
Did you know that taking long walks, having sex and acupuncture are supposedly quite effective in inducing labor? However, we urge you to hang in there and let nature take its own sweet time. If you do not give birth this week, you will in the next couple of weeks to come. Meanwhile, we hope your partner is fully aware of what is expected, when the big moment comes. Be prepared, both of you! All the best!
Check out this awesome Pregnancy Smoothie recipe for when you're 40 weeks pregnant!
Looking for a fitness guide at 40 weeks pregnant? Check out this Workout video by Lauren Griffith.
Farlin's Healthy Reshaping Girdle is specially designed to improve your figure post-delivery, apart from strengthening your muscles. It’s breathable, free stretching and has an adjustable waistline for maximum comfort. Made with light weight material, Farlin Healthy Reshaping Girdle is quite easy to wear discreetly under your clothing. Wear this regularly post-delivery and be free of the back and joint pains that are common at this stage.
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