Your 40th Week of Pregnancy - The Third Trimester
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Your Baby - 40 Weeks Pregnant
Congratulations! Your baby is full term and ready to be born at any time. This is the last week of pregnancy - or is it? If your baby doesn't come this week, don't worry. It's normal for due dates to be off a little and before you know it, your little one will be here. Babies come on their own time. You won't actually be past due until you hit around 42 or 43 weeks (depending on your caregiver's guidelines). Just try to relax and take it easy. Your baby is about 20 inches long and may weigh as much as 7 or 8 pounds.
Your Body - 40 Weeks Pregnant
Congratulations! You've made it! This is your last official week of pregnancy - hopefully. Your body has been getting ready in many ways over the last few weeks but many healthy pregnancies will still be in full gear past 40 weeks gestation. This is very normal and no cause for concern. Only about four percent of women will actually give birth on their due date. In most cases (98 percent), women will give birth 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after their actual due date. You are not considered past due until approximately 42 or 43 weeks gestation. Take the time to rest, relax and prepare yourself for the arrival of your baby.
Photo submitted by Babies Online member Teresa of Vaughn, WA : "The day we took this picture I did not feel up to it but I pushed through for my sister who had painted my belly and took the photo. Later that night I went into labor and had my son that very next morning! I am now very thankful my sister had done all that for me. Without her there would be no belly photo."
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Early Pregnancy Questions
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