Pregnancy Week 40
In pregnancy week 40, your baby is of 7 to 7.5 pounds in weight and 21 to 21.5 inches in length. But there are chances that some babies can be about 9 to 10 pounds in weight by the end of the 40th week of pregnancy. Your baby is enough strong by now and any moment can burst your uterus and come out of your womb. This happens as the baby is big in size and the uterus is too small to accommodate the baby inside. Now keep your fingers crossed, as soon the D- day is coming. Your tummy size will be constant and there will be no change in tummy in the pregnancy week 40. By now you have already gain so much weight that it is as it is quite uncomfortable for you to move here and there.
Be ready as you are already in pregnancy week 40 and within week or two your baby will be beside you. There are chances that you might have passed your due date by now. No need to worry, as many women even enter in the 41st week of pregnancy. This generally happens with those pregnant ladies who are pregnant for the first time. As mentioned earlier too, there is n surety that you will deliver on your due date. This is because no one can tell your exact date of conception and hence everything is based on guesswork. Some babies like to make their mother's wait more for them before coming in this world. There are many factors that decide how long your baby will stay inside your womb.
In pregnancy week 40, there are chances that your baby is too weak to come out on its own or the baby is not in proper head down position and hence cannot break open the uterus. In these cases the doctor has to do the delivery with C- section. This is to ensure your and your baby's safety. Hence visit your doctor and know the exact reason about why your baby is taking so much time. In some cases doctors have to decide for a C-section due to the lack of amniotic fluid inside your body. Whatever may be the case, follow your doctors instructions. Many babies take about 42 weeks to come out of their mother's womb on their own. Hence it is better to wait for few more days, if your doctor advises you to do so.
You can increase your chances of natural labor by allowing you partner to have sex with you. Your husband's semen contains prostaglandins, which stimulates the contractions and starts labor. Hence give it a try in case you want to have a natural labor. Also practice daily walking, as walking is also best exercise and it has capacity to induce natural labor. Many old wives stories has advised pregnant ladies to eat spicy food in the 40th week of their pregnancy, as it has garlic and onion that can induce normal delivery. But there is no medical proof for this but you can try it in case you are quite eager to meet your baby.