What To Expect When You’re 40 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a watermelon!
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If you’ve never considered yourself an overachiever, then consider yourself one now. You’re officially overdue.
While this might mean oodles and gobs of emotions to you, your baby isn’t the least bit concerned.
Let’s see what’s happening this week!
Any extra time in utero means extra weight for baby.
Currently, your baby is about 20.4 inches long from head-to-feet and weighs around 7.9 pounds.
Restlessness – Most moms who roll past their due date without even the slightest sign of labor tend to feel frustrated, exhausted, and very restless.
If you’ve found yourself among this group, then know you’re in good company.
Babies have a way of making an appearance on their time, not ours. And, they don’t often give you the memo letting you know when they’ll arrive.
Try to take your overdue pregnancy moment by moment and know that you won’t be pregnant forever.
Naturally Induce Labor – Looking for ways to induce labor? Of course, you are!
Before you go trying every natural induction possible, be sure to read up on each method to see if fits your life and pregnancy.
So, when you can’t wait any longer, go the natural route to help get the ball rolling on this baby-having business.
Nonstress Test – Since you’ve gone past your due date, there’s a good chance that your doctor will have you take a nonstress test.
This is a painless procedure that monitors your baby’s heart rate at different times to gauge how well he/she is doing remaining in utero.
At nine months and three weeks, you’re considered overdue, mama!
However, there’s no need to worry. Many babies are born past their due date.
Your due date is an estimation anyway, and only 5% of babies are actually born on their due date, so hang tight.
Your baby is nice and plump, and ready for the world.
His/her nails have probably grown past the tips of the fingers and there’s a head full of hair up top, too.
Your baby is low, and it might feel like he/she is sitting right on top of your bladder.
You’re probably visiting the restroom what seems like every three seconds.
Also, it might feel like you have to pee gallons then sit down only to hear a few microscopic drops. Ah, pregnancy!
Frequent Urination – If you haven’t already declared the restroom as your official throne room then now might be a good time to do that.
The lower your baby descends into your pelvis, the more pressure you feel on your bladder.
Although it might feel like you have gallons to pee, there’s a good chance only a few drops will come out.
Also, being overdue typically means that your baby has been sitting low for a while. The length of time to feel added pressure would make anyone’s bladder weak.
Hemorrhoids – These little annoyances might make their appearance again.
Due to all the pelvic pressure, the blood vessels in your rectum will also be feeling the pressure causing hemorrhoids.
The pelvic pressure might also be sending you false messages that you have to make a bowel movement, too.
Pelvic Discomfort – As you know, the new rush of hormones in your body to prepare for labor are causing your ligaments and joints to be even looser.
This in addition to your baby dropping lower in your pelvis, you are likely going to be experiencing pelvic discomfort until after you give birth.
While some doctors will let twins or multiples blow right past their due dates, others will not even allow 39 weeks pass.
Whether or not you need to be induced is between you and your doctor. If you’re feeling frustrated, please reach out to your doctor and voice your concerns.