40 weeks pregnant

40 weeks pregnant

Your Developing Baby-
• When you’re 40 weeks pregnant, your baby’s now weighs 7.6 pounds (3462gm) and is 20.3 inches (52cm) long.
• At 40 weeks pregnant, much of the vernix (waxy or cheese-like white substance found coating the skin of newborn human babies) has vanished.
• His lungs will continue to develop until birth. They are manufacturing large quantities of surfactant which works to keep the air sacs open.
• He continues to grow.
• Because of the presence of your hormones in your baby’s system, your baby’s genitals (scrotum in boys and labia in girls) may appear enlarged.
• Your baby, whether a boy or a girl, may even secrete milk from the tiny nipples. This should disappear in a few days and is completely normal.
•The average baby is about 51cm long from head to toe and weighs about 3.4kg at birth. But if your baby is anywhere between 2.5kg and 3.8kg, that’s a healthy weight.

Your Changing Body-
Congratulations !!! Your baby is here! Or maybe not — only 5% of women deliver on their estimated due dates, and many first-time mothers find themselves waiting up to 2 weeks after their due date for their baby to arrive.
After months of anticipation, your due date has been and gone, and… you’re still pregnant. It’s frustrating, but lots of women find themselves in this situation.

Right after birth, your health care provider will suction mucus out of your baby’s mouth and nose, and you’ll hear that long-awaited first cry. A series of quick screening tests, such as the Apgar score, will be performed to assess your baby’s responsiveness and vital signs, and he or she will be weighed and measured.

If your pregnancy was high risk, or if a cesarean section was necessary, a neonatologist (a doctor who specializes in newborn intensive care) will be present at your delivery to take care of your baby right away. If your baby needs any special care to adjust to life outside the womb, it will be given — and then your newborn will be placed in your waiting arms.

Stages of labor-
> The first stage of labor works to thin and stretch your cervix by contracting your uterus at regular intervals.
> The second stage of labor is when you push your baby into the vaginal canal and out of your body.
> The third and final stage of labor is when you deliver the placenta.

If your labor isn’t progressing, or if your health or your baby’s health requires it, your health care provider may induce labor by artificially rupturing the membranes or by administering the hormone oxytocin or other medications.

40 Weeks pregnant – Early labor symptoms
• A continuation of the symptoms of the last few weeks: leg cramps, pelvic pressure. Trouble sleeping, fatigue and contractions.
• Anxious! Don’t worry. Baby will be here soon.

Good luck with your baby!

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