As you complete 39 weeks of pregnancy and enter the very last week of your pregnancy this can be a very exciting and also a very challenging time for you. Hang in there and enjoy these last days when the child is still inside you. In the mean time, have a read through of our guide to managing pregnancy just to relive the weeks gone by.
Are you planning to bank your child’s cord blood? Read more on it here:
Changes in Your Body at Week 40 Pregnancy
At 40 weeks pregnancy your pains will increase and movement will become very difficult. This is all due to the weight gain, the baby’s weight and the position of the baby.
Your Baby’s Development at Week 40 Pregnancy
Your baby is done developing and is waiting to get into the real world.
All its internal organs are fully developed and functioning. Except the brain and the lungs which continue to develop even after birth.
The baby’s immune system continues to develop as it continues to receive antibodies from your placenta at 40 weeks pregnancy.
Your baby will now be getting rid of its bilirubin by passing it into your blood stream through the placenta. After birth, however, he or she will be able to handle the bilirubin that its body produces on its own.
At 40 weeks pregnancy your baby’s intestine is now filled with a blackish green substance called meconium. This is the first bowel that it passes after birth. Sometimes it is passed during delivery itself.
Week 40 Pregnancy Tips and Advice
If your labour does not begin by the end of this week then the doctor might decide to induce labour.
At 40 weeks pregnancy pay attention to how often the baby kicks rather than how hard it is kicking. The space inside the womb is not much for it to kick too hard anymore.
Avoid any heavy exercise or even day long shopping expeditions. Just relax and keep your feet up now.
Week 40 Fun
Sit with your friends and knit or crochet something for the little one.
Sit with your husband and flip through all those pregnancy pictures that you have been clicking – arrange them and give them funny captions. Share a laugh.
What does it feel like now that your kid is sure to pop out any minute? Join our due date club here and share your thoughts with other mums-to-be.
Week 40 Pregnancy Articles
- Should the Husband be present in the Delivery Room
- Should the Husband Video Tape the Child’s Birth
- Post Partum Care: Take Care of Your Body
- Your Menstruation after Child Birth
- 10 Effective Tips to Overcome Your Post Partum Blues
- How to Lose Weight after Pregnancy
Week 40 Pregnancy Discussions
- Ways to induce labour pain naturally
- Differentiating between false and true labour pains
- Want to know more about hypnobirthing
- How can I avoid episiotomy?
- Need the recipe for the birth masala: the spice that is given to mothers just after the birthing process
Week 40 Have a Laugh
As you prepare for birth (or already have entered into the early stages of labour) here are a few funny ones about babies. Enjoy them and happy Motherhood!
AMNESIA: Condition that enables a woman who has given birth to have sex again.
BOTTLE FEEDING: An opportunity for Dad to get up at 2 a.m. too.
PRENATAL: When your life was still somewhat your own.
PREPARED CHILDBIRTH: A contradiction in terms.
WEAKER SEX: The kind you have after the kids have exhausted you.