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When you are 40 weeks pregnant, you are most likely anxious for your baby to arrive. However, it is completely normal to deliver a week late. A true due date is actually plus or minus two weeks. By the time you are 40 weeks pregnant, your baby's reflexes are coordinated, and your baby can blink, grasp firmly, and respond to stimuli like sound and touch.

40 Weeks Pregnant: An Overview

You're now 40 weeks pregnant. You have made it to your final (or close to it) week! How are you feeling? Tired? Ready to be "done"? You are not alone -- these feelings are common at this stage of pregnancy. At week 40 of pregnancy, hormones in your body are raging, and your body is rapidly getting ready for labor.
 
You may feel like staying close to home -- probably a good idea, in case something develops that causes concern. You may not even be able to fit behind the steering wheel of your car at this point. If you can, you may have to put the seat way back, the steering wheel way up, and then, after all of that work, you may not be able to reach the pedals! You are almost there!!
 
Many first-time mothers find themselves waiting up to two weeks after their due date for their baby to arrive. A baby delivered after week 42 is called a post-term baby. If you get to week 40 of pregnancy, and nothing happens, talk to your healthcare provider about his or her plan regarding waiting versus induction.
 
By the time you are 40 weeks pregnant, your baby is usually 19 to 21 inches long and weighs about 7 pounds, 8 ounces. However, at this point in pregnancy, baby length and weight can vary significantly.
 
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