Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Week 40

As soon as you and your baby enter the 40th week, a feeling of anxiety about childbirth occurs. This is anxious for you and your baby. This can be a very happy and exciting time, or a very challenging time for you. You start enjoying the period of last few days of baby inside you.

Your Baby

The cute little one is the size of a jackfruit! It weighs 6.2 to 9.2 pounds and measures about 18.9 to 20.19 inches. This is simply amazing! But you really won’t know exactly how big your baby is until his birth. The nails and hair continue to grow hair and nails. Your little one is also keeping up with lung development.

Your Body

The journey is about to end. It has been a roller coaster ride for you and finally you will get results. Keep tabs on the delivery due date calculated by the doctor. The antenatal visit in your 40th week will help you discuss your options with you if you go overdue. A vaginal examination is suggested where the membranes around your cervix will be ‘swept’ to see if labour can be nudged along.

Pregnancy Symptoms Week 40

You will experience the continuation of the symptoms of the last few weeks including trouble sleeping, leg cramps, fatigue, pelvic pressure, and contractions.


You must restrict eating if you are in labor. This may lead to nausea. You should rather consume plenty of fluids. This will prevent dehydration during labor. Once your water breaks, the doctor will  induce labor within 24 hrs.


It is time to think of names for your baby (if you haven’t already!). Choose new, exciting names and avoid the ones that might upset your child later on. You need to sit down and have a heart-to-heart with your partner. This will remove any kind of concerns or fears from your mind. He will reassure you that everything is wonderful.

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