40 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition
At a glance
Maintain your energy levels by eating little and often, with the occasional treat
Don’t worry if it hasn’t happened – it’s normal for baby’s to be overdue
If you’re more than 14 days overdue, your doctor may want to induce the birth
After birth, it’s time for your little one to suckle for the first time
Baby's development at 40 weeks
Your baby is ready to be born! No new developments, you’re both just waiting for the big day now. Don’t worry if your baby doesn’t want to leave your cosy womb after the 40th week.
Only a very small number of babies are born on the exact, calculated due date. In fact, it’s quite normal for baby to be overdue by up to 10 to 14 days, at which point your doctor may induce the birth.
This is the last official week of your pregnancy. Did you know that birth is a real physical achievement for baby too? Your little one plays an important role by pressing against the uterus and birth canal, and cleverly twisting its way out of your body.
Nature’s incredible design means baby’s two cranial bones haven’t fused together yet, so they can press together during birth. The gaps between the bones in your baby’s head will fully close within about 18 months.
As previously mentioned, a nutritious pregnancy diet will give your little one the healthiest start in life. That’s why you’ve been eating so well for the last nine months! But now you can maintain your energy levels by eating little and often.
Plus, don’t forget to treat yourself a bit this week. You’ve earned the right! We’re not suggesting anything crazy, but if you fancy an ice cream or some chocolate, there’s no better time to indulge your craving. So enjoy!
Depending on your personal birth plan, most midwives will lay baby on your chest straight after birth.
Feeling your warmth, smelling your skin, recognising your voice and hearing your heartbeat will help your brand new arrival feel comfortable in their new surroundings.
It’s a great time to put your little one onto your skin to suckle for the first time. Then you can finally hold your baby in your arms after all that hard work.
What a magical moment!
We’re looking forward to joining you on the next part of this incredible journey. If you need any advice or tips about your lovely new arrival, visit the newborn section on our site or contact the Careline team.
Congratulations, you’re doing great.