What’s happening with your baby in Week 40?
- 40 weeks in about 90% of babies are born head down.
- At this point there is one liter of amniotic fluid in the uterus.
- Most pregnancies last more than 40 weeks, with only about 5% of babies being born on the specified date.
- In the last couple of weeks the baby hasn’t gained much weight and it’s now regular for the baby to have anywhere between 2.5 and 4 kilograms.
What’s happening with you in Week 40?
- Due to increased fluid excretion you may have lost a couple of pounds.
- It’s normal to give birth 37-43 weeks into the pregnancy, so there is still time.
Useful information for Week 40
- Women lose about 10 pounds right after giving birth, which is a weight loss being continued as long as there is excess fluid in the body.
- Peeing may be painful after delivery and you can request a catheter to be installed which will then be used as urine excretion pathway.
- Immunological system is probably one of the most under-developed “organs” of your baby which needs a lot of time to fully develop.
- Generally, the umbilical cord is roughly the same length as the baby’s height.
- Your baby now has over 60 reflexes, which makes it possible for the baby to survive outside of the uterus.
Advices for Week 40
- Baby blues is a condition also known as post-pregnancy depression, which is caused by a severe cut of happiness hormones. This is completely normal and it’s necessary that you try to work it out with your partner or doctor.
- This is a period where you will feel highly depressed with no apparent reason and if it goes to extremes you may take some anti-depressants. However, be careful with their dosage as you may develop a permanent depression issue due to dependency on the drugs.
Also, remember that you are not alone in this. The problem just needs to be taken care of in a proper, safe and long-term way, which is the only right way of dealing with the problem at hand.