You made it! Even before reading this fully, you may leave for the hospital ready to meet the love of your life! If your hubby and you have arrived at your final list of names, then you must be wondering what the delay is all about! You are considered full-term and then some! So where is the baby? Consider yourself lucky, that you have gone this far allowing your baby to grow and develop fully in utero without the complications of an early labor and the worries that come along with it.

What’s happening with you

If you are disheartened that it hasn’t happened yet, don’t be. You are much better off with the baby staying in you for the 40 week duration, than having to deal with taking care of a premature baby. Of course, your baby has been full-term now for a few weeks, so your anxiety is understandable. The baby will come out whether you like it or not very soon, and don’t be surprised if you wish for these weeks back!

Nobody can predict when labor will begin except your baby, so get ready for her to control your life even before she is born! Slow down your activity as much as you can and make sure that your house is in readiness for your new addition. Of course, you cannot be prepared for everything, but make sure you have the basics covered such as diapers, wet wipes, baby soap and baby lotion. This might be a good time to get rid of that kajal your mother-in-law will insist on applying to keep away the evil eye!

What’s happening with your baby

week 40 of pregnancyEven for you overachievers, predicting when your baby is ready to come out may stump you. There are some moms that go as far as 3 weeks past their due date before they deliver. So don’t go betting money on when this is likely to happen to you. Just be happy that your baby is officially ready to come out, but also know that you have very little control of when this exactly is.

Did you know that your baby will have a total of 300 bones at birth? Why this many? This is so that the baby can contort itself while passing through the narrow birth canal. Many of these bones will fuse together later as your baby grows. An adult will have only 206 bones after all is said and done. It can also be alarming to see that your baby’s genitals are somewhat swollen at birth: this is normal as this is an indication of some of your hormones being passed on to the baby. These will subside soon enough after birth.

There is a large variation in the size of full-term babies and is governed by many factors such as genetics, mother’s nutrition and overall health of the mother and child. But most Indian newborn babies weigh between 7 and 8 pounds (3.1 – 3.6 kgs)and measure approximately 20 inches in length.

If you are reading this, then you must be counting down every minute as it passes. It is going to happen anytime now, and your life will never be the same again. Congratulations and good luck! Rest assured, it’s well worth the wait!

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