40 Weeks Pregnant

| September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Congratulations! If everything goes well, you are now at the end of the pregnancy and the baby will be out literally any second now (if the baby isn’t out yet). It is a very fulfilling end to a very exciting 9-month period. Good news awaits you!

How’s the baby coming on?

Development in the baby

  • Your baby now weighs a hefty 3.4 kilograms
  • He or she is about 55 centimeters from head to toe.
  • By this time, 15% of your baby’s body weight is fat.

It’s now just a waiting game for both of you, since everybody should be ready by now for the big birthday of your baby.

Rectal pressure?

Are you feeling rectal pressure? This is the baby moving into position ready to be born. Brace yourself.

Changes inside the Mommy

There are three phases of labor.

Early Labor

The first phase is early labor, which can take up to 8 hours. You know you’re in early labor when your contractions are coming every ten minutes, each of which will last for up to a minute. Try to relax at home since there’s no need yet to go to the hospital just yet. Once your water breaks or when your contractions begin occurring every 5 minutes for over an hour, each lasting for up to 90 seconds, it’s time to grab your hospital bag and go.

Active Labor

The second phase is active labor, which begins when your cervix is dilated to about ten centimeters. The baby is now ready to be ejected, positioned at the pelvis and causing rectal pressure so that you’d as if you need to pass your stools. Contractions gradually increase in intensity and length, and you may need an epidural if the pain is too much to bear. You will now be pushing alongside these contractions in order to move your baby to the birth canal and finally out of the body.

Third phase: expelling of the Placenta

The third phase of labor is the expelling of the placenta. This phase is also called the afterbirth, which should happen approximately half an hour after the delivery. The entire placenta must be expelled, since any residue can give rise to infections and unwanted bleeding.

Daddy needs to?

Give your partner a kiss for giving you the best gift anyone could wish for – your own child. Let the new mother and baby now get some sleep, while you go outside the room and celebrate with your friends and family!

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