Prenatal Development – Week 40 – What’s Happening This Week?

Sunday July 15, 2018

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Congratulate yourself for doing an excellent job for caring your baby for many months. You made it! You are towards the end of your pregnancy, the end of a long journey.

You will now experience what it is like to go through labor and delivery. If you are delivering vaginally, labor starts when your cervix begins to dilate, then contractions will begin at regular intervals. The next stage of labor is when you deliver the baby, and the third stage is the delivery of the placenta.

Don’t despair if you do not see your baby on your expected due date. There are instances that you can give birth two weeks prior or before your expected due date.

If you feel any contractions, alert your doctor at once; follow the instructions carefully and go to the hospital at once. In no time, you will be holding the precious hands of your little one.

When it’s time, the best thing to do is to stay calm. Think about all the articles you’ve read about childbirth. Remember the techniques you learned when it comes to breathing and such. It’s easier said than done, that’s for sure, but in the end, when you finally get to see and hold your little one, everything is well worth it.

After your baby is born, the doctor will clean the mucus out of the baby’s mouth and nose and cut the umbilical cord. The doctor will also carry out a series of quick screenings in order to assess your baby’s vital signs. Your baby will then be measured and weighed.

After you give birth, you will experience vaginal bleeding, which can last for up to six weeks, breast engorgement, and postpartum depression. If you think you may be suffering from postpartum depression, make sure you discuss this with your doctor.

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