Week 40 of Your Pregnancy

November 2, 2009

What is Happening Inside Your Body?

9 Month Fetus View in the WombYou are feeling huge and ready to get this baby on the outside! Most women do not deliver on their due date. If your due date has come and gone, don’t worry. About 10 percent of babies are born more than 2 weeks late.

Your pregnancy is not considered overdue (called post-term) until it is more than 2 weeks past the due date. Your due date is definitely not an exact science. As a matter of fact, only 5 percent of women actually deliver on their due dates.

Try to stay as relaxed as possible. Walking can help you to feel better and looser and may also encourage labor to come.

You may not feel like doing much at this point. Try to enjoy this time as much as possible. Relax, and know that your baby will come when the time is right.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is 18 to 21 ½ inches long, and weighs 7 to 8 pound. Your baby may vary slightly from this weight. In general, boy babies are slightly larger, and girl babies are slightly smaller.

How is Your Baby Developing?

Your baby is continuing to grow new connections in its brain and is putting on more weight.

No one knows exactly what will initiate labor. The placenta is what will get the labor process started by producing a hormone called corticotrophoin (CRH). This creates a chain reaction of other hormones, which will lead to the birth of your baby.

The placenta begins producing CRH early in pregnancy. It continues to increase steadily until labor is triggered.

Soon you will come face to face with your new baby.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Continue to practice relaxation and breathing exercises to help you prepare for childbirth. The more easily and naturally you can do them, the easier it will be when the time comes for your new baby to be born.

Pregnancy has been a huge journey. Now that your child will be born, another new journey will begin.

To vaccinate or NotTo Vaccinate or Not?

Knowing the information in these videos may save you a life time of challenges.

You do have a choice and your choice will effect you the rest of your life. Your own knowledge and your own understanding of the truth on this very hot topic can save you a lot of pain.

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