Week 40 of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Calendar: You are now 40 weeks pregnant

40 weeks old fetus (baby)

Week 40 of fetal development

While you are waiting for labour, try to stay calm. Since your labour is unlikely to go exactly according to your plan, try to be flexible and trust your doctor on her decision about the mode of delivery.

Your baby

A newborn baby looks very different from the way the baby actually looks. Her head may be misshapen, her colour blue or purple and covered with a waxy substance. Your baby will cry immediately after birth and that’s when your baby breathes for the first time.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Ask your doctor to put the baby on your chest immediately after birth to develop an instant bond.
  • Start breast feeding within half an hour after birth to establish sucking reflex and to give the precious few drops of colostrum to your baby to facilitate immunity.
  • Rest well and share the moment of joy with your partner.
  • Eat well to recover fast and continue vitamin and calcium supplements till you feed the baby.
  • Remember breast feeding is best for your baby.

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