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40 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 40th Week of Pregnancy

This is the moment your baby and you have been waiting for! At 40 weeks pregnant, you’re at the official end of your pregnancy!

How big will your baby be? What will it be like for your baby to see the world around him or her? Heidi Murkoff will cover all of that an more!

Congratulations! Your baby is officially full-term! She’s now somewhere between 6 and 9 pounds, and anywhere between 19 and 22 inches long – a wide range, true, but that’s because babies, like their parents, come in all sizes; taller, shorter, chubbier, slimmer. What package will your baby come in? It’s hard to say for sure until she arrives. Even your practitioner’s guesstimates can be way off the final mark.

You know what else is around 20 inches long? Your baby’s umbilical cord – her connection to you during her 9-month stint in your uterus. It could be floating free in whatever space there is left in your uterus, or coiled around her ankle or wrist, or gripped between her chubby fingers, or wrapped around her neck. Not to worry if it is… it’s not dangerous now and at birth your practitioner will simply slip it over her head before clamping it tight. The remnants will dry up and become…her sweet little belly button.

Your little miracle is now fully loaded with fully functioning organs, bodily systems, and reflexes, and she’s ready to start her new life outside your uterus. When you do meet your new arrival, be sure to say hello – and more. Though it’ll be your first face-to-face, your baby will recognize the sound of your voice – and that of dad’s.

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Though your sweetie is fully baked and ready to roll, she’s still putting in a full day’s work. Her hormones are revving up, sending signals throughout her body to prepare for life on the outside. Hopefully one of those hormones will signal to the placenta that it’s time to initiate labor.

Even during labor and delivery, your little one will be hard at work alongside you, producing her own stress hormones that’ll enable her to adapt immediately to the new environment outside your womb and kick-start the survival instincts she needs as well as help her take her first big breath of air.

And if she doesn’t arrive on time, opting instead for a late checkout, you’re in good – though anxious – company. About half of all pregnancies proceed past the 40-week mark, though thankfully, your practitioner will probably not let yours continue beyond 42 weeks.

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David Williams
David Williams
6 months ago

Is the length 20 Inches measured from the Top of the Head to the Bottom of the Rump ?
Or from the Top of the Head to the Bottom of the Feet ?

Yvonne Mutsai
Yvonne Mutsai
6 months ago

40wks in 2days time cant wait to meet my baby boy

Shantie British
Shantie British
6 months ago

37+6days n watching week 40 needing him to come now i cant go longer lol plz bby boy mommy wants to see you now i feel tired drain n just want to ly on my belly now

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6 months ago

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Marlyn Garcia
Marlyn Garcia
6 months ago

40 weeks today due Aug 31, 2020 but I’m getting induced Sept 4, 2020 😅

Charleen Vo
Charleen Vo
6 months ago

I’m 2 days away from 40 weeks and I’m getting super duper anxious!!!! I hope my baby will come soon! And health!! 🤞🤞🤞

DarkSkinMulan
DarkSkinMulan
5 months ago

In 6 days im 40 weeks 😩🧡🥂💥🙌🏾💃🏾

Santiagos Vids
Santiagos Vids
5 months ago

I didnt think I would be here this week but here I am, still waiting 😪

Natasha Letourneau
Natasha Letourneau
5 months ago

I can’t believe I’m still pregnant 😭💙

Sharon Wanush
Sharon Wanush
5 months ago

I don't know why me? But I'm 40 weeks and 2 days 😢I'm tired of waiting

Johanna Espinoza
Johanna Espinoza
5 months ago

i’m due tmr 🙁

Roland Talisaysay
Roland Talisaysay
5 months ago

40 weeks as of today,cant wait to see my lil bundle of Joy..

Yanet Quintero
Yanet Quintero
4 months ago

Can’t wait to meet my first daughter💓💓💓🌸👶🏻

lyn tesi
lyn tesi
4 months ago

Have made 40 weeks today but no sign of labor

nadine tracey
nadine tracey
4 months ago

40 weeks today and just want to give birth already. My body is struggling.

Yibanathi Cengani
Yibanathi Cengani
4 months ago

I'm 40 weeks and annoyed yerrrr😡💔

sultan king
sultan king
3 months ago

40 week today feel alot of contractions 2 time went to hospital doctor send me home she sayed your servex is not open 😭😭😭

Beauty by F.A.R
Beauty by F.A.R
3 months ago

2cm dilated REALLYYYYYY can’t wait for him to come on out

Husna Majid
Husna Majid
2 months ago

Cute 🐥🍼

happit mohamed
happit mohamed
2 months ago

I made,it!

Ty
Ty
2 months ago

40 weeks tomorrow and hes also supposed to be due tomorrow. I'm so over it already

Karolina Klocova
Karolina Klocova
1 month ago

I never hold 40 weeks always 37 😫😫😫

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