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40 Weeks Pregnant

40 Weeks Pregnant

The due date is approaching quickly and you’re about to meet your bundle of joy. A small percentage of mothers have their baby in their due date.

 For many first time mom’s they tend to carry their baby for a couple of week more. The induction of labor is not considered until you reach week 42.

Baby At Week 40

Sensory Organs

The baby has developed all of his five senses. The baby’s hearing and brain has matured completely. The baby after birth will be able to recognize your voice.

External Appearance

The vernix caseosa and laguno hair continues to shed along with the amniotic fluid. The baby will be covered in these substances after delivery.

Fetal Position

It’s common for newborns to remain in the fetal position after birth. The baby has been curled up in your womb for such a long time it’s quite normal for her to stay in this position.

Infant Reflexes

At week 40, the baby has completely developed all of his reflexes. The reflexes such as rooting and sucking help the babies after birth.

Internal Organs

The internal organs in week 40 are fully developed. The lungs and brain will continue to mature all the way through birth. The liver also has started to prepare itself for birth by producing glucose.

Your Baby's Head
And Skull Bones

Billion of connections are made during the last weeks of pregnancy that are crucial to the development for the baby’s brain. The skull bones are not fully fused together. They will gradually fuse together after birth.

How Big Is Your Baby?

The average newborn baby is about 7 ½ pounds. He is the size of a small pumpkin. He is about 20 inches long from crown to heel.

Pregnancy Week 40 Baby Position

Majorities of baby’s at week 40 have positioned their head down getting ready for childbirth. In rare cases, if the baby is still in breech position the doctor will try to perform an ECV.

The external cephalic version (EVC) is a procedure where the doctor applies pressure on certain parts of your abdomen to try to rotate the baby. In rare occasions if the baby has not properly positioned himself your doctor is likely to schedule a cesarean section in the 40th week.

40 Weeks Pregnant:
Belly And Body Changes

Your baby bump keeps dropping and it’s an indication that your bundle of joy will be here soon.  The bay bump dropping helps relieve symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath. You will feel an urge to pass urine more often than usual due to the pressure on the bladder.

40 Weeks Pregnant Physical Exams and Tests

At week 40, your doctor will ordered a Cardiotocography Scan (CTG).  The CTG helps detect any chances of complications and assess the health of the baby.  It monitors the fetal muscle and heart rates. Another common test is the cervical exam to check for dilation and effacing for birth.

40 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

The early signs and symptoms of pregnancy have decreased. However, they are many new symptoms happening in 40 weeks pregnant:

40 Weeks Pregnant Signs of Labor

Here are some common signs to watch out for near your due date:

  • Bleeding
  • Spotting
  • Menstrual like cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Leaking amniotic fluid
  • Lots of contractions within hours

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