The magic of pregnancy week 40 has come. If you're not in the delivery room soon, your doctor may recommend an induction of your delivery. The first thing you need to remember is that this is simply nature running its course. At this time however, it's more critical than ever to be cautious about your activity as you want to ensure you and baby are as safe as possible leading up to delivery.
One of the most misunderstood facts about pregnancy week 40 is that if you're still carrying your baby at this point – something must be wrong. Nothing could be further to being true. Most first time mothers typically carry their babies to 40 weeks. Full term is anywhere from 37 weeks on. However, a delivery prior to week 40 is often dictated by Mother Nature or if the baby is in fetal distress. During week 40, your doctor will recommend a course of action based on the condition of your placenta and your baby. The most important thing to remember is to remain calm as possible, keep that blood pressure low, and remember that everything will work out the way that it's supposed to.
The baby inside your tummy is ready to be delivered. It's very common that during the 40th week of pregnancy, your baby will weigh between six to eight pounds or more (which is completely normal), and measure anywhere from 19 to 22 inches, typically, in length from head to toes. An interesting fact about your baby is that their vision at week 40 is not all that great. In fact, they will only be able to see about 8 to 15 inches away clearly. So staying within that range will help baby to better see their mommy’s beautiful face.
However, your baby will easily recognize your voice. They can also recognize your partners voice if they have been actively having philosophical discussions with your baby over the past few weeks.
Moms that are 40 weeks pregnant have one job; keeping themselves relaxed. At this point you are at the high-end of full term. If you have not delivered by now, don’t worry; this is totally normal and very common. Full term begins at 37 weeks all the way till the end of 40 weeks. Your 40-week trip to the OB will be a normal checkup where they will measure your baby's vital stats, your placenta, and your vitals as well. They will then decide to either naturally induce your delivery, by the introduction of hormones and some added punch; or if a cesarean birth is warranted.
Either option is common for mothers who have not delivered by the end of week 40. However, the most important thing to remember is that regardless of which option is chosen, you and your baby will be monitored by medical professionals who have been there and done this numerous times. You and baby are going to be ok.
As your pregnancy comes to a close and you and baby are ready to meet each other for the first time, it's highly likely that a few tears will be shed on your behalf. You've undergone an incredible process, creating a human life from the formation of an egg and one tiny sperm cell. Once you deliver your baby and take your son or daughter home; the real journey begins. Make sure to enjoy every day, each moment. Embrace each cry, every poopy diaper, and remember that they will grow faster that you will expect. Congrats mommy – you did it!