40 Weeks Pregnant

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Woo-hoo! You made it to your due date. But hey -- where’s the baby? Granted, you knew how small the odds of having your baby were at 40 weeks pregnant. Yet, when the day comes and goes, you can’t help but feel disappointed. It’s... Read more

Your Baby

Ready for exam day, kiddo? The moment your baby arrives, a team of doctors and nurses (if you’re in a hospital or clinic setting) will give her a serious fetal development exam. After some quick cuddling from Mom (that’s you!),... Read more

Your Life Right Now

Among the bazillions of thoughts swimming through your head right now, this may be one of them: What if I need an episiotomy? Eek! Here’s what you should know about the procedure: An episiotomy is an incision made between the vaginal opening... Read more

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

"Perineal cold packs were awesome. When I ran out of them, DH went to the drugstore and got cold/hot gel packs that I would wear with a second pair of undies over the mesh panties they give you at the hospital. The nurses gave me extra when I... Read more

40 Weeks Pregnant: Your Body

Woo-hoo! You made it to your due date. But hey -- where’s the baby? Granted, you knew how small the odds of having your baby were at 40 weeks pregnant. Yet, when the day comes and goes, you can’t help but feel disappointed. It’s only natural! At this point you’re just soooo excited to meet your little one. And you’re also probably more than ready to not be pregnant anymore. But hang in there! The reality is that only 5 percent of babies are born on their due date, and lots of babies come three weeks early or even two weeks late. You’ll meet the little guy soon enough! At your next checkup, you might want to ask your doctor at what point he would consider inducing you. He may want to just let nature take its course -- and see if you’ll go into labor on your own sometime in the next week or two. Or for a variety of reasons (if your go beyond 41 weeks or 42 weeks, your water has broken, but labor hasn’t started, or you have complications that put the baby at risk for instance), he may decide to induce labor. Find out what you can expect. And if you haven’t gotten instructions about when to call your doctor if labor does happen naturally, get details on that now, as well. Your health care pro should also let you know when to head to the birthing center or hospital -- and other little things like if it’s ok for you to eat or drink in early labor (often it’s fine). You may have heard that it’s time go to the hospital when contractions are 5 minutes apart for at least an hour, but keep in mind that you may need to leave sooner if your labor is progressing rapidly. This can vary with every woman and every health care provider. Your best bet is to follow your doctor’s instructions exactly as they are tailored to you and your unique pregnancy.

40 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby

Ready for exam day, kiddo? The moment your baby arrives, a team of doctors and nurses (if you’re in a hospital or clinic setting) will give her a serious fetal development exam. After some quick cuddling from Mom (that’s you!), she’ll be weighed, measured, cleaned up and wrapped in cozy blankets. Hey, even in a warm delivery room, it’s still chilly compared to the fairly stable environment your newborn was used to! Footprints will be taken and she’ll get an antibiotic ointment or solution in her eyes to prevent infection and a vitamin K injection to help with blood clotting. Your newborn will also receive an APGAR score. This test is a general measure of the baby’s health. Your doctor will evaluate five factors: heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes and color. This is one case where a completely pink, crying, vigorous baby is considered a great thing! APGAR is rated on a scale of 0 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Don’t be upset if your kiddo doesn’t get a “perfect” score -- most babies get 7, 8, or 9 in a normal, healthy delivery.

Your Life Right Now

Among the bazillions of thoughts swimming through your head right now, this may be one of them: What if I need an episiotomy? Eek! Here’s what you should know about the procedure: An episiotomy is an incision made between the vaginal opening and the anus -- that enlarges the vaginal opening as the baby’s head emerges and which, some doctors believe, may help a woman avoid unnecessary trauma to the perineum as the baby is born. But there’s an ongoing debate about it. Some doctors say it’s better to let a woman tear naturally (if she’s going to) rather than cutting . If you haven’t already discussed this with your Ob, find out what her stance on this is -- and express any opinions you have. Then try not to worry about it! Plenty of women don’t tear at all. Also good to know: Perineal massage (which should be started about a month before your due date (usually around 34-36 weeks) can help gently stretch this sensitive area before labor and make it more comfortable for you to deliver and reduce the likelihood of tearing, or trauma or the need for an incision down there. Your health care pro can give you all the details on how to do it.

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

"Perineal cold packs were awesome. When I ran out of them, DH went to the drugstore and got cold/hot gel packs that I would wear with a second pair of undies over the mesh panties they give you at the hospital. The nurses gave me extra when I left the hospital, and I'm guessing they felt sorry for me given how long my labor was!" --shijin13

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