Pregnancy Week 40: fully cooked.

Well…. we’ve reached the due date. We are 100% (280 days; 40 weeks; 10 months) through.

The Baby:


*Average newborns are about 20 inches long and weigh about 7.5 pounds (a small pumpkin!)
*Only about 3-5% of babies are born exactly on their due dates
*Arrival anytime in the next 2 WEEKS in considered normal
*His growth is slowing dramatically
*Amniotic fluid around him is starting to diminish and get cloudier as he sheds vernix from his skin

*I put up this picture because it shows effacement and dilation. My OB said I’m 1 cm dilated and 70% effaced, which would be like box C in this image. The cervix is normally about 4 cm long (0% effacement, boxes A and B). When you’re ready for labor at 100% effacement (box D), the cervix is basically flat against the uterus. So being at 70%, my cervix is about 1 cm long, with an opening 1 cm in diameter (needs to be 10 cm for birth).

The Mom:

week 40 me *For most women, labor typically lasts 13 hours
*Most first babies come late
*3-12% of babies reach the 42 week mark
*Stages of Labor:

1) The first stage of labor starts with the active phase and contractions. This is followed by the transition phase, which is the worse (contractions stronger and closer together), but lasts for less amount of time. During this stage we make our way to the hospital.

2) Giving birth!

3) Delivery of the placenta


The Dad:

steve decorating nursery *He’s been reading the Bradley Method book (Husband-Coached Childbirth) and told me the other day that his eyes were watering just thinking about how much pain I’m about to be in, haha
*He’s not as ready for the baby to come out as I am—so when I suggest inducing methods, he says no, lol. I think starting this weekend he’ll be more on board though.
*His work is incredibly understanding about taking time off or working less hours if needed, so that’s wonderful
*On his 30 min drive home from work the other day he told me he was just thinking about holding baby and kissing his head (awwwwwwwww)

If I go another 2 weeks, I may go crazy. My OB said I could go over about 1 week, but I know the midwife at the same clinic said 2 weeks… so if I do make it to our Monday appointment and we discuss induction, I’m thinking around the 29th. But it may depend on which doctor is on call, etc. Ok, no more IFs, let’s just wait and see! and hope!

I’ve been walking the stairs to the basement today to do laundry and pretty soon Steve and I are off to run errands… the mall, Babies R Us, pick up packages, get some food… walk that baby out!

9 comments to Pregnancy Week 40: fully cooked.

  • amy

    woohoo anytime soon baby will be here!! good luck with everything and i hope baby comes sooner rather than later hope you have a mery christmas and you get a lovely little bundle too xxxx


  • Here’s hoping he decides to make his arrival soon! In the meantime, someone posted this on the March 2010 BabyCenter group and I thought you’d get a kick out of it if you haven’t seen it already:

    Baby Eviction Notice:

    I, the Landlord (Mommy), am issuing a notice for EVICTION. Tenant (Baby) will have to comply and promptly vacate the premises, or wait until authorization for removal by physician. After which, she will be removed from the property by induction.

    The Tenant (Baby) is being evicted due to breach of contract and destruction of property. Expansions only to the FRONT of the house, within reasonable limits, were discussed. Not only have these limits been exceeded, but additions to the back and sides of the house were also made without approval from the Landlord (Mommy).

    Remodeling and gutting of the home was never approved, nor was changing the initial layout and base structure. Due to the damage by the Tenant (Baby), the foundation has been compromised, and the structural integrity of the house is questionable. The Landlord (Mommy) has also received numerous complaints about frequent nightly disturbances.

    If the Tenant (Baby) doesn’t comply with the notice it will result in an immediate and forceful removal at the discretion of a physician and the Landlord (Mommy).


  • smilinggreenmom

    I can’t believe you are in your last week!! Congrats 🙂 He is coooooming!!!!!


  • Hey girl… I’m thinking about you! And I can’t wait to see pictures once the baby finally arrives! 🙂


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