Pregnancy Calendar Week 40
YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK: WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 40
You’re officially at the end of your pregnancy—big congrats to you and to baby! Your baby now weighs anywhere from 7-8 pounds and she’s about 19-22 inches from head to toe. This week, your baby is ready to come out! And you’re undoubtedly ready, too—not to mention super-excited about finally getting a look at your beautiful newborn. But, don’t be surprised or worried if you don’t deliver this week. Mother Nature may be waiting just a bit longer.
At 40 weeks pregnant, your body is in the final stages leading up to labor.
So, when will you know you’re about to go into true labor and finally bring your new baby into the world?One definite sign is when your “water breaks,” which is when the membranes around your baby rupture and amniotic fluid begins to flow out.For some expecting mothers, they notice a slow leaking of fluid right before labor. For others, it can be a big gush. For others, their water doesn’t break until they’re already in labor.If your water breaks before contractions have begun, you can safely bet that you’ll begin labor within 24 hours—that, or your practitioner will start it for you.You’ll know if your amniotic sac has ruptured if the outflowing fluid is clear and odorless. If it’s yellowish and smells like ammonia, you’re likely leaking urine. If it’s brown or green, call your doctor right away. It may mean that your baby had a bowel movement in utero, which can be harmful for your baby.
In the 40th week of pregnancy, the big day is here.
Your baby is born!
This is the week you and your baby have been waiting for—your beautiful baby makes her big debut!Or maybe not.If your sweet new bundle of joy doesn’t join you this week, don’t fret. It’s perfectly normal for some pregnancies to go for a week or two longer. But, your doctor won’t let your pregnancy go past week 42.If this week does bring your baby’s birthday,
When she (or he) makes her (or his) entrance to the fan club that’s waiting, your baby’s skin will be covered in a layer of leftover blood, vernix and amniotic fluid (and maybe some lanugo, too). And she’ll likely stay curled up in the fetal position for a while until she gets used to all the new space she has to move around in.When your little one gets put in your arms for the first time, be sure to give her plenty of what she’ll find most comforting and soothing: The sweet sound of her mommy’s voice and tender, loving touch.
Diet and Exercise Tips You Should Follow
To keep you and your baby healthy, follow these tips in week 40:
Keep eating a healthy diet now and after delivery. To help your body and your baby stay well-nourished—and to help you recover after delivery—be sure to stick to a nutrient-rich diet here in week 40 and beyond. These days you may not feel much room for food in your belly. Try making a smoothie to maximize nutrition value without upsetting your stomach. Blend 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt with a banana and frozen fruit. Add 1 cup of raw spinach for an extra boost of fiber.
Keep exercising until baby arrives. Exercise is still good all the way to the end of pregnancy, even if you can only manage a short walk each day. Getting exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing, but keep it up. It will help you stay fit and ready for the rigors of labor (and motherhood, too!).
Things You Should Do
- Be sure you’ve got your hospital bag ready to go and the car seat for baby installed.
- Take a walk with your partner this evening. This will help the baby drop and can help bring on labor.
Words You Should Know
Crowning: During labor, when the baby’s head has reached the vaginal opening and can be seen from outside.
Lochia: Vaginal discharge and bleeding that looks like a heavy period and continues after delivery for about 4-6 weeks before tapering off.
Premature Rupture of Membranes: Bursting of the amniotic sac before onset of contractions.
Prolonged Labor: Labor that lasts 18-24 hours.