Third trimester : week by week

40 Weeks Pregnant

40 weeks pregnant – What’s going on with you?

At 40 weeks pregnant, you should not worry especially if this is your first child as they have been known to come a little late.

During this week, your uterus will have already stopped growing and since your baby has descended in your pelvis so the pressure on your lungs is reduced. This means you are more likely to breathe easier.

This is a good time to make sure that you have your hospital bag packed and ready and that you have bought and prepared all the things your newborn will need.

You should also have already taken a short tour around your local hospital or birth center with your partner in order to familiarize yourself with where everything is located. Make sure that you are also already registered there.

Also, be sure to have installed your infant car seat in the car that will be taking your baby home from the hospital or birth center.

You should go through your birth plan with your partner so that they are made aware of what you want in regards to administering pain medication and who you want in the room with you when the time to deliver arrives.

Lastly, take a lot of time to put your feet up and rest as much as possible this week. Make sure to enjoy these last days of your pregnancy with some quiet restful time for both you and your baby.

40 weeks pregnant – What’s going on with the baby?

At 40 weeks pregnant your baby is about 20 1/2 – 21 inches long and continues to move down in your pelvis waiting to be born. His or her nails are so long now that they extend beyond their fingertips.

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