Pregnancy Week by Week

If you think your water has broken, or if you are experiencing regular contractions, you should call your healthcare provider immediately.
(Click 39 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)

The 40th Week of Pregnancy

At 40 weeks pregnant, you may have your baby; however, it is completely normal to deliver two weeks early or two weeks late. In fact, only 5 percent of babies are born exactly on their due date.
Your baby's reflexes are coordinated by this time, which means that your baby can:
  • Blink
  • Close its eyes
  • Turn its head
  • Grasp firmly
  • Respond to sound, light, and touch.
If you are delivering your baby vaginally, there are three stages of labor:
  • The first stage of labor works to thin and stretch your cervix by contracting your uterus at regular intervals
  • The second stage of labor is when you push your baby into the vaginal canal and out of your body
  • The third and final stage of labor involves delivering the placenta.
After your baby is born, the following will take place:
  • Your healthcare provider will suction mucus out of your baby's mouth and nose
  • The umbilical cord will be cut
  • A series of quick screening tests will be performed to assess your baby's responsiveness and vital signs (the Apgar score)
  • Your baby will be weighed and measured.
The average weight of a baby born at 40 weeks is 7 pounds, 8 ounces; the average baby measures 19 to 20 inches. However, boys tend to weigh a little more than girls.
After the birth of your baby, you may experience:
(Click 40 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
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