40 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week
After months of waiting, your due date has come very close. If it is calculated solely according to your last period, it might be wrongly determined. Some women ovulate later than expected. Be sure to know how to make a difference between true and false contractions, and to notice if the water breaks.
You may have a biophysical profile which consists of ultrasound examination and the fetal heart rate monitoring. After those tests, you will be induced if something is not going well. But if everything is all right, your doctor will decide to wait a little more. The induction, if nature doesn’t take its course, takes place between 41 and 42 weeks by inserting medication that contains prostaglandins into your vagina. It stimulates contractions and ripens the cervix.
A child is ready to enter the outside world and – in most cases, the head is set to come out first, and then the body. Its skull bones are not yet fused, so it will make it easier while going through the birth canal. The average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds and is about 20 inches long.
Tip for this week
Occasional contractions become stronger and more frequent. Now, you probably can not wait to meet your baby! This week will be one of the longest in your pregnancy. Remember that each baby decides itself when to go out. Only about 5% of babies are born in a term.
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