Week 40 of Pregnancy: Your baby is now the size of a little pumpkin, ready to be born, weighs about 3.4 kg and is about 50 cm long.
After a long period of anticipation and preparation, you can soon meet your beloved precious little baby. Only 5 per cent of women give birth at the expected date given by their doctors, and many first pregnant women even wait 2 weeks later than the expected date before finally seeing their baby.
Do not expect to see a beautiful and lovely newborn, because the head shape of the newborn is usually not perfectly round, they have uneven skin color, dry, plaque, long rash, but this phenomenon is only temporary.
Due to the role of hormones in the body, the genitals of the baby (the scrotum of boys and the labia of girls) look larger. Newborn boys or girls may even secrete milk from their tender nipples. These phenomena are normal and disappear within a few days.
Once born, your doctor will remove the mucus from your baby’s mouth and nose, and you’ll hear the long-awaited first cry. Next, the baby may be placed on your stomach, or by the baby’s father, to perform a sacred break mission.
Next is a series of rapid screening tests, such as Apgar Score, to assess newborns reflexes, vital signs, weighing and body length measurements. If you are a high-risk pregnant woman, or a caesarean section, a neonatal intensive care physician will be on standby in the maternity room so that you can take care of your baby immediately if necessary.
Changes in your body and life – Week 40 of Pregnancy
If you are late in delivery, or because of the health condition of you or your baby requires, your physician may use artificial water to give Hormone oxytocin or other medications. If you are a high-risk pregnant woman or are likely to have other complications, you may need a Cesarean section.
Some pregnant women who choose Caesarean section in advance can arrange their baby’s birthday in advance. If you are one of them, you may have been prepared psychically and mentally, effectively reducing the non-availability of natural birth through the birth tract. Even if you have to undergo a caesarean section, you don’t have to worry about having a natural connection with your baby. Caesarean section may not be your desired experience, but beautiful and lovely newborns have been born, and your long waiting time is finally over.
What should I be aware of – Week 40 of Pregnancy
This week you will experience the long-awaited moment: get to know your baby! Before that, it is necessary to go through the birth and delivery, and in the prenatal course you will learn the 3 stages of the delivery process. The first is to stretch the cervix through regular contractions; the second is to push the baby into the birth canal until birth; and finally, the placenta seperation.
If your birth does not start naturally, the doctor can use certain methods to help guide production, such as using drugs to soften and enlarge the cervix, or using plastic amniotic hooks to make a hole in the amniotic sac. This does not harm you, but when the amniotic capsule breaks, you will feel a warm stream of water (amniotic water).
Periodic maternity inspection
Ask your doctor to give you the medication to increase the rate of contractions and change the dose appropriately to adjust the frequency of contractions.
What check-ups should I do?
If you have no signs of delivery after 1 week of expected delivery, your doctor should advise you to undergo a test to monitor the fetus’s heartbeat and movement to make sure your baby is receiving enough oxygen and the nervous system is responding properly. Consult a physician for more information about testing in this area.
Health information during pregnancy
It’s safe to fly later in pregnancy, but discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you book your flight. In some high-risk cases, your doctor may advise you to stay near your home throughout your pregnancy.
Delay your travel planning may be a wise move if you meet the following criteria:
- Pregnant with twins or multiple babies
- Diabetes or hypertension
- Abnormal placenta or vaginal bleeding
- There are signs of premature birth and under supervision
- History of thrombosis (including before pregnancy)
- The last month of pregnancy should be avoided as you may give birth at any time.
Try to stay close to your doctor as your baby may be born at any time. Although some “shy” babies will delay their birth by about one week, it is also normal. Watch your baby’s movement closely and notify your doctor immediately if you have any concerns or changes in your situation.