Week 40

You are definitely considered full-term now and you are probably anticipating the arrival of your newborn. The crown-to-rump length of your baby is around 15 inches and your baby is now about 21.5 inches long total. Your baby weighs about 7.5 pounds and your uterus is about 8 inches above the top of your bellybutton.

Your official due date will be sometime this week and you probably have a prenatal check up this week to check for labor progress. Try to stay calm while you are waiting for labor to begin. You should have all of your bags packed and ready to go and your birth plan should be in place. Your labor coach should know what your wishes are and you should be able to get in touch with your labor coach at all times. Use false labor contractions to practice breathing and relaxation techniques that you will use during the actual labor itself.

Your baby continues to move further down the birth canal and this is measured in stations. Station describes the degree to which the presenting part of the baby has descended into the birth canal. The 0 point is a bone landmark in the pelvis, the starting point of the birth canal. If your baby’s head is at a -2 station, it means the head is higher inside of you than if your baby were at a +2 station.

After your baby is born, she will be weighed and measured. Your baby may cry loudly or she may be dazed from medications. The doctor will suction your baby’s mouth and throat with an aspirator. The nurses will dry her off and place a hat on her head to help keep her warm. Security tags will be placed around her arms and ankles and your baby will be swaddled in a blanket. You will be given the chance to hold your baby right after you have delivered. Shortly after, the nurses generally take the baby to the nursery for a bath and other routine procedures. Your baby will be given Apgar scores according to her condition at 1 and 5 minutes of birth. A total of 10 points can be scored. A score of 10 is unusual and most babies receive scores of 7, 8 or 9. A baby with a low 1-minute score might need to be resuscitated and usually the 5 minute score is much higher after he has time to adjust to life outside of the uterus.
APGAR SCORE:
*Heart rate of baby-If your baby does not have a heart rate a score of 0 is given. If the baby’s heart rate is less than 100 bpm, a score of 1 is given. If the heart rate is over 100 bpm, a score of 2 is given.

*Respiratory effort of the baby- If your baby is not breathing, a score of 0 is given. If breathing is slow and irregular, a score of 1 is recorded. If your baby is crying and breathing well, a score of 2 is recorded.

*Baby’s muscle tone-If your baby’s arms and legs are limp and flabby, the score is 0. If some movement is observed and the arms and legs bend a little, a score of 1 is recorded. A score of 2 is given to babies that are active and moving.

*Reflex irritability of the baby-If your baby does not respond to stimulus, a score of 0 is given. If there is a small reflex when the baby is stimulated, a score of 1 is recorded. If your baby responds vigorously when stimulated, 2 points are given.

*Baby’s color- If your baby is blue or pale, a score of 0 is given. A score of 1 is given if your baby’s body is pink and the arms and legs are blue. If your baby’s entire body is pink, a score of 2 is recorded.

At the time of birth, the baby has a total of 300 bones. Some bones will fuse together later, which is why an adult has only 206 bones.

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  1. kentsmommy 01 March 2015

    Hi angel! I remember when my first baby's due date came and went. I thought he'd never come! Hang in there!

  2. angelfree77 01 March 2015

    How did your appointment go? I have one this afternoon. They are going to check my cervix, which they said might push me over the edge. Fingers-crossed!

  3. kentsmommy 01 March 2015

    Uneventful:). Hopefully you'll get something going this afternoon! Can't wait to hear.

  4. angelfree77 02 March 2015

    Thank you! Yesterday's appt was so disappointing. My cervix is completely closed, so here I am at 40+3 and I haven't even begun to dilate. To make things worse, I feel like my healthcare providers are giving me mixed information and then expecting me to make a decision. The way my practice works is there are multiple doctors/midwives. You see all of them so they all become familiar with you and you with them for delivery time. Last week, the doctor was like, 'we don't even consider you late until after 41 weeks.' Yesterday, the midwife was encouraging us to schedule an induction because 'our comfort is to not have you go beyond 41 weeks.' Then, I got an email from my hospital (all in the same network) that said, 'Be happy you are still pregnant. Full term is between 40-42 weeks.' I was reluctant to schedule the induction just yet, but the midwife had my husband worried and he wants us to go forward with it. As it stands, I am scheduled for a non-stress test on Monday and we are going to take things from there knowing that we can change our minds and schedule the induction at any time. I don't want my husband to think that I am not considering his feelings. After all, this is his baby too and he's waited a long time to have another child...not to mention a son. I'm just so nervous that I won't be able to handle the pain from being induced and I'll accept medication, which I really do not want to do. We aren't comfortable with the risks that come with the medications and we agreed to try our best to do without. (I know this whole anti-medication thing sounds silly to many people, but I wouldn't even take Tylenol for a headache pre-pregnancy). I'm so confused, right now, on what to do and what's the best path to go for the baby. Are we creating more risk to the baby by trying to avoid risks to the baby? I just don't know. It's pretty upsetting.

  5. kentsmommy 02 March 2015

    Oh angel! It is so tough with all of the decisions. If I were in your shoes, I would wait to have the non-stress test. If the baby is fine (which I'm sure that he is), there's not need to worry with induction. I'm the same way, I don't take Tylenol or any pill even when I'm not pregnant so I'm super sensitive to everything I'm exposed to during pregnancy. Most first time babies go past 40 weeks anyway. I was induced with my first one at 42 weeks because my doctors convinced me that the placenta gets less efficient after 42 weeks. The whole induction felt so unnatural and I still regret doing it even though my son in 7 yrs old and perfectly healthy. Besides for the length of labor and the pain; it just didn't feel right to me. I wish I would have known enough to request routine non-stress tests until I went into labor naturally. But, I trusted some of the healthcare professionals which I think are a bit desensitized in these situations because they live it everyday as a job. My last son was scheduled for induction at 42 weeks; I went into labor on my own hours before my appt. Use your mommy intuition; God gave it to you for the very reason to be able to protect your baby and you. If you feel strongly one way or another, your gut feeling is usually right - especially after birth! I'm so sorry that you are in this situation and I hope that you get things going naturally here in the next day or two so that you don't have to stress about it. Also, if it makes you feel any better, I had a doctors appointment on the day my daughter was born. They said that she was still high (never dropped) and my cervix was closed tight. That night my water broke, my baby girl was born early the next morning. So it is possible to go from 0 to birth in just a few hours:) Good luck in your decision making; whichever path you choose, I'm sure everything will be fine.

  6. kentsmommy 03 March 2015

    I'm having some frequent and intense contractions tonight. What to do?! It feels like the real deal but I'll bet it is false. More than likely I'll be doing this 3 times a week for the next few weeks. I hate the guessing game!

  7. kentsmommy 03 March 2015

    Well, I'm 2 cm dilated now. Still having contractions but not nearly as regular. Doc seems to think I'll go into active labor within 24 hours. I'm thinking I have another week though. We shall see. Any signs for you yet?

  8. angelfree77 04 March 2015

    If your doctor is right, you have only 7 hours to go! I'll be thinking of you! I had a false alarm yesterday. The night before I woke up in a rather large wet spot on my bed sheets. I thought my water had broken; though, I wasn't having contractions, so I called the doctor's. They had me come in to check me and it was just mucus from my body thinning out my cervix even though it was very water and clear. I still am not dilated, but hey, at least thinning is progress! Again, they pushed induction, but we again decided to wait until we see the results of the non-stress test on Monday. I almost gave in, by my husband is on board now with waiting to schedule the induction until it is absolutely necessary, so he said that he wanted to wait and give this little guy a little more time to do it on his own. Maybe after this weekend, we'll both be holding little babies!

  9. AVG2012 04 March 2015

    Hope things progress fast for both of you angel n kents..and d day is not too far when you will be holding little ones!

  10. AVG2012 04 March 2015

    Anyways Babies would come whenever they think they are ready. So it's just pure wait an watch game

  11. kentsmommy 04 March 2015

    Good morning! I think I am actually in labor this time. Similar to Angel, I just woke up to a wet spot. Been contracting every two minutes for 2 hours. I'm getting ready to shower now. If I'm still contracting afterwards, off to the hospital we go! Glad to hear you are progressing too Angel! It's usually not long after the mucus plug!

  12. kentsmommy 06 March 2015

    Another false alarm! This is making me crazy! Every two minutes for hours, then five minutes, then 10 minutes, then nothing. Home again as if nothing ever happened. Ugh!

  13. angelfree77 07 March 2015

    Oh no...I'm so sorry! I was thinking of you and waiting for an update. These babies definitely have their own ideas about when they are coming! I still haven't had a contraction...just occasional cramping and a lot of watery discharge. I go today for the NST, so I'll update later. Hopefully, everything looks good and we can give him some more time to come on his own.

  14. kentsmommy 07 March 2015

    Good luck with your NST. I'm sure he'll be fine! I can't believe that my little one hung around all weekend! I had contractions last night too. It's crazy - I'm actually learning to tune them out a little bit. Ha! I have an appointment tomorrow so we'll see how it goes. I have to run my little one to the doctors today though. He has a huge swollen gland on one side. Doesn't seem to be bothering him but its worrying momma! Can't wait to hear how your appointment goes:)

  15. Bgscoobyluver 07 March 2015

    lurking from week 31 but angel, cramping and watery discharge sounds promising that something is happening!! good luck to u all!

  16. Gigix 07 March 2015

    Hi ladies! Sounds like it won't be long now for either of you (Kentsmommy/Angel). My last pregnancy I was 40 weeks and 11 days before I finally went into labour (luckily before they were about to induce me). Like you Kentsmommy I had contractions for days, regular ones before active labour took place; it was so exhausting. I've got no idea what will happen this time round but I'm hoping I won't have to wait until my due date or beyond because I've got such severe inguinal nerve pain and leg weakness that now I can hardly walk, which is no quality of life! Labour dust to us all! I hope your little one is okay Kentsmommy.

  17. angelfree77 07 March 2015

    Thanks, Ladies, for the encouraging words! Kentsmommy, I hope your little one is okay. My appointment went well. Everything looks great, but my cervix hasn't progressed since last Thursday. I did find out that I am having contractions, though. I'm just not feeling them for some reason. There was no pressure this time to schedule an induction. The doctor just said, 'Do you want to hang out a little longer?' Of course, I said yes, so he scheduled us for another NST for Thursday. Hopefully, that'll be the appointment we don't make! The weather is going to be nice this week, so we are going to try walking in the evening to help things out.

  18. kentsmommy 07 March 2015

    Angel - That's great news! Hopefully you won't make the Thursday appointment. My little guy is okay, just a swollen gland left over from a cold so luckily he doesn't need antibiotics or anything. Whew! Thanks Gigix! I'm kind of glad it was a false alarm now looking back on it; gives my household a few more days to get over their colds:) Now that I have that over with, I'm hoping to make it to next Wednesday which is my actual due date.

  19. angelfree77 08 March 2015

    Good afternoon! Nothing other than more watery discharge. How did your appointment go?

  20. kentsmommy 08 March 2015

    Mine was uneventful. He did insist on checking me and said that my cervix is still long and I'm 1 cm... The doc last Thursday said I was 2. I'm going backwards. Lol! Oh well, the little guy must need some more time in there so I'll hang in there with him:)

  21. angelfree77 10 March 2015

    Second non-stress test today. I'll update later. I'm not in a rush to get this baby out, he can hang out as long as he needs, but I am starting to question my body's abilities and that's frustrating me. 11 days overdue now.

  22. Bgscoobyluver 10 March 2015

    angelfree Im sorry. I know how frustrating that can be. I had to be induced with my both my 2nd and 4th baby but baby number 4 took the cake. I was induced with her at 41w6d!! Praying things pick up for u!

  23. Gigix 10 March 2015

    Hi Angel, don't doubt yourself hon. I think some babies take longer to come because they need that extra time in the uterus. I went into labour naturally on the 11th day overdue during my last pregnancy (was my first). It turns out that my daughter weighed only 6 pounds and 2 ounces, and although she was a very healthy baby and gained weight very quickly, that birth weight is quite low for a post-term baby. So she needed that extra time in the uterus. That's just my story, and most post-term babies are a nice size, so don't worry; but for me, in hindsight, I was glad she had that little extra time. We're still here with you! I'm fed up of being pregnant now myself; looking forward to being able to mobilise again! Labour dust to us all!

  24. kentsmommy 10 March 2015

    Angel - Keep your chin up; it can't be long now:) My first and third were 2 weeks over due and both were tiny. 6 lb 6 oz and 6lb 7oz so I think they needed to be in there a little longer too. My first one was labeled SGA 'small for gestational age'. He was fine and is a healthy almost 7 yr old now. Good luck on your NST today; I'm sure everything is fine. I'm still hanging in there as well. Random contractions but I think he'll probably hang in there for another week or two.

  25. angelfree77 10 March 2015

    Now, we have a complete turn of events. The baby's doing good. They were going to let us wait even longer for him to come on his own, but when the doctor went to check my cervix, she discovered that I had ruptured. We are on our way now to the hospital to be induced. They said at this point, there is no reason to wait because we'll just be risking infection. I'll update as I can. Thanks for all your words of encouragement.

  26. kentsmommy 10 March 2015

    Wow Angel!!! That's exciting news! Good luck:) Can't wait to hear about the new little guy!

  27. kentsmommy 11 March 2015

    Hi Angel - I don't expect to see anything from you but wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you. Hope you are kissing those brand new lips by now!!

  28. angelfree77 11 March 2015

    Still at the hospital. Still in labor. My body is not responding to the interventions. I got the epidural because the contractions were so bad and I wasn't progressing. Even after the epidural and increasing the Pitocin every hour, I only opened another cm after hours. Might end up having to have a c-section, which is fine if that's our best option for a happy, healthy baby.

  29. kentsmommy 11 March 2015

    Hang in there! Sounds like my first induction. It took 30 hours to get to 2 cm. It eventually kicked in and I was able to deliver vaginal. Good luck either way. Keep your eye on the prize:)

  30. weber3 13 March 2015

    I had my baby 5 days ago at 37 5d by emergency c-section. Baby was footling breech and I was 3 cm dilated and leaking amniotic fluid for two days. The foot was presenting so they rushed me into OR without even hubby there yet. His coed was around his neck and body and arms above his head so no other way to get him out. I am devastated about the surgery but happy baby is here safe. 7 pounds 8 ounces Not a bad size for under 38 weeks.

  31. kentsmommy 13 March 2015

    Wow weber! Congratulations on your little one. So glad he is here and safe. Sorry to hear you had to go through all of that! I'll be 40 wks on Wednesday. Looks like little man is going to go past just like his brothers!

  32. Gigix 14 March 2015

    Congratulations Weber, yes sorry to hear about your ordeal too, but happy to hear that you and baby are well. Not long now Kentsmommy for you.. I'm 38 weeks, but suspect I'll be here until 41 weeks if my last experience is anything to go by!

  33. weber3 14 March 2015

    @kentsmommy I know the wait is horrible but I always wanted to be late and my babes have always been early. Then I wish I was still pregnant lol. Wishing you all fast and easy labors. Soon you will hold your beautiful baby.

  34. weber3 14 March 2015

    @Gigix thanks. What matters is my baby is here safe. And it helps to know there really was no other way for me this time. This is our last baby so hard to leave my baby days this way. So if I ever had another baby by some strange happenings I would be a vba2c......scary thought to me.

  35. kentsmommy 14 March 2015

    I thought we were having a baby last night again. I had contractions from 2 AM to 6:30 AM. Then they stopped. I felt so guilty because I didn't even get excited when they started. I've been through so many false alarms now that it's hard to believe there's ever going to be a prize! Oh well; week 40 appointment is scheduled for Wednesday. We'll see what they say then.

  36. kentsmommy 15 March 2015

    Weber - You're right, I was hoping to be late too as I was with my other two boys. I'd rather have more spring time off with the baby than cold weather:) I don't mind hanging onto him for another week or two, it's the contractions and false labor that are getting to me. I feel like I won't know when its real now since I've been tricked so many times. Oh well; one of these times it has to be real I guess:) I'm guessing they'll want to strip my membranes tomorrow at my appt. Although I'd rather go without the exam. Lol!

  37. kentsmommy 15 March 2015

    Gigix - You're a late one too huh? I came back to work today since all of the labor has been false:) I'm miserable but I figure this could go on for another couple of weeks so I don't want to take advantage. I feel like he's going to fall out with each step I take! Hopefully I won't go into labor here.

  38. Gigix 15 March 2015

    Wow Kentsmommy, what a trooper you are going back to work! It's hard timing maternity leave. If I could walk and get through my day without this severe, unpredictable inguinal nerve pain I would have still been in work myself. I really feel it for you having to put up with all those contractions and not going into active labour; I know how exhausting that is. Hopefully you're getting some dilation with each episode though! Yes last time I was late, but it was my first pregnancy. I suspect it will happen again but who knows. We've only just got the baby stuff out and started re-arranging our room, so here's hoping that we have a couple more weeks to get our skates on!

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