Your Pregnancy: Week 40
It's time! Oh...wait...maybe...huh. If the pain starts at the top of your uterus and spreads through your lower back and pelvis, getting longer, stronger, and more frequent, it's time to call the doc. If the pain starts in your front and eases if you shift positions, it might be false labor.
> What are signs of labor?
> What hospital staff will be in the delivery room?
> What should you expect after delivery?
> See all third trimester Q&As
Baby's now the size of a watermelon!
As long as she's in your belly, baby's hair and nails will continue to grow, and her lungs will keep developing. She's anywhere from 5 to 11 pounds and is getting ready for a slightly gooey introduction any day now. (Upon arrival, baby will probably be covered in blood, vernix caseosa, lanugo, and amniotic fluid.)
> Schedule your weekly OB visit
> Reminder: Install the car seat
> Go to your checklist
[ tip ]
Pass the time by researching restaurants with cheap and healthy takeout, and collect the menus by your phone. You'll thank yourself for this one in a month or two.
> Chat with other moms-to-be who share your due date
> Read more about being 40 weeks pregnant
All medical information reviewed by Dr. Geeta K. Swamy, Duke University Medical Center OB/GYN Department
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