40 weeks pregnant
Your baby’s development
Over the last 9 months, your baby has developed from one cell to a little human made up of over 200 million cells. How amazing is that?!
At birth, the average baby weighs around 7lb 7oz and measures 51cm from head to toe. Inside, there’s no spare room, so your baby can only move from side to side because they’re so cramped.
You & your body
You’re almost there and your baby is ready and waiting to be born! You probably can’t wait to give birth now. There’s a good news – once your baby’s head has engaged, you’ll feel less breathless because your lungs will be less pressured by your baby’s body.
You’ll be looking out for the classic signs of labour – some ‘show’ from your vagina, the mucus plug coming away and the onset of contractions.
It’s natural at this time to feel really scared about the birth process and most moms-to-be feel this way, but if you need any information, we’ve got plenty of advice and tips on our website to help you.