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40 Weeks Pregnant

By 40 weeks pregnancy, your due date rolls around, and you’re still pregnant. It’s a frustrating, but common, situation in which to find yourself. You may not be as late as you think, especially if you’re relying solely on a due date calculated from the day of your last period because sometimes women ovulate later than expected. Even with reliable dating, some women have prolonged pregnancies for no apparent reason. 

At 40 weeks pregnant, you are probably ready to give birth, if you haven’t already delivered your baby. In fact, 95 percent of babies don’t arrive by their estimated due date. Twenty-five percent come earlier, and 70 percent come late.

As your labor and delivery approaches, your uterus may have slightly reduced in size as your baby’s head may have fallen into your pelvis. This is often called “lightning” or “engagement.” If you experience “lightning,” you may notice that you have less pressure on your ribs, which may give you a bit of relief.

Remember to rest as you wait for the arrival of your new bundle of joy. Talk to your baby, because at this stage in pregnancy, your baby may react to familiar sounds. In fact, the mother’s voice is one of the first things a baby recognizes after birth.

At 40 weeks pregnant, your baby probably weighs about 7.5 pounds and is around 20 to 21inches long! By 40 weeks, your baby is now ready for life in the real world. The final details of his physical appearance are in place and completely formed, including his eyelashes, eyebrows, nails, nose, and mouth. His internal organs are fully matured and ready for life outside the womb.

By pregnancy at 40 weeks, your baby’s eyes are well formed, but the nerves inside his eye will continue to develop in the first weeks after birth. As a result, newborns often have poor vision immediately after birth. It is not until your baby is six to eight weeks old that he can focus and follow objects with his eyes. His vision should be 20/20 by the time he is two years old!

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