40 week of pregnancy

40 week of pregnancy - description, birth, precursors of delivery, discharge, cork

Fetus at the 40th week of pregnancy: stirring

He is already preparing. On the exterior and say nothing: everything was formed long ago and took its place, the superfluous disappeared, the missing appeared - the baby is perfect. The growth of the baby at 40 weeks is on average 51, 2 cm, weight reaches 3, 5 kg. The cheeks are plump, the skin is smooth, the ears-eyes are beautiful. You are about to meet him!

The kid can not move actively, but you still need to feel the stirring. Moreover, its movements are very obvious: there is almost no place in the uterus, therefore, you feel any push of crumbs very well.

Be sure to listen to the motor activity of the baby: any change in the nature and intensity of the movements toward damping, or, conversely, excessive activity, become a testimonial of a minor misfortune.

In general, the norm for a period of 40 weeks is about 10 perceptible perturbations within 12 hours. In the case when the baby is floundering much more actively, there is every reason to suspect his suffering from a lack of oxygen. A bad sign will be the fading of the baby, the absence of perturbations. If they are absent - notify your doctor about it.

Future mom

But do not worry if there are still no hints of childbirth. As we said, most likely, there was an error in calculating the gestation period.

Do not sit on suitcases - lead a familiar lifestyle. But be sure to be ready to give birth at any time.

Birth at 40 weeks gestation: harbingers

Therefore, do not worry, If the birth has not yet begun - this is likely to happen in the coming days. And about the approach of births you will learn thanks to the presence of their obvious precursors. What will tell you about the approach of the cherished "Hour X"?

One of the two-digit precursors of delivery is the lowering of the abdomen: the baby in the uterus descends, cuddling to the bottom and preparing for an entertaining journey into the new world. You observe this as a certain lowering of the abdomen, due to which you can feel breathing easier, heartburns disappear. But, at the same time, dropping into the uterus, the baby begins to put pressure on the bladder - hence the increased need for urination.

Along with frequent visits to the toilet for "pokisyat, shortly before the birth, you can find disorders of the food system, which is also considered one of the precursors of childbirth. Loosening of the stool, nausea, vomiting - all these unpleasant phenomena can quite anticipate the onset of labor, and appear about 24-48 hours before their onset.

Shortly before the start of labor, you can detect a slight decrease in appetite, sometimes you do not want to eat at all. Against the background of lack of appetite weight changes are possible: it either remains fixed on one designation, or even decreases by 1-2 kg.

The last weeks of pregnancy - this is also the time of awakening in a woman of the so-called "instinct of nesting". The pregnant woman suddenly begins to equip the apartment, clean and clean everything, prepare a room for the baby. Did you feel the need for even more improvement of the "family nest"? Wait for a swift delivery.

And yet, the most obvious, the clearest precursors of childbirth are the loss of mucous plug, the passage of amniotic fluid and the appearance of regular painful fights. Slimy stopper you will know by the presence on the panties of a dense lump of thick mucus, possibly with veins, splotches of blood. During the entire pregnancy period, the mucous plug blocked the cervix, preventing the infection of infants and viruses. Now the cork comes out, releasing the baby's birth canal.

The outpouring of amniotic fluid is also difficult to miss: just before the onset of labor, water is literally poured into the stream, crawling along the legs with trickles. In this case they have the form of a watery liquid, more often transparent, but if the first-born feces of a meconium kid has got into the amniotic fluid, the water can acquire a yellowish or greenish tinge.

And, of course, about the onset of labor activity, the contractions are regular, more and more frequent, accompanied by painful sensations. Many women, especially primiparas, are afraid to confuse false bouts with the true ones, especially since false bouts by the end of pregnancy already have a painful character and are repeated much more often than before. To determine what kind of contractions you are dealing with, just change the position of the body during fights. Stand up, walk around the room, take a seat on a stool. If the contractions at the same time ceased, then the birth will still have to wait.

Abdomen: pulls, hurts

By the 40th week, the stomach has usually lowered, the baby has taken a position from which to advance to a meeting to get acquainted with mom and dad. However, if no changes to your stomach have occurred, do not worry: in some cases, the stomach does not fall down until the onset of labor.

Do not worry, and pain in the abdomen - pulling the pain in the lower abdomen, turning to the waist,rum at the beginning of labor. The baby is now "at a low start" before going out, his head presses on the pelvic bones, the load on the abdomen and lower back due to the enormously increased weight the woman has colossal. Hence - and the feeling of a pulling, painful abdomen.

Pains at 40 weeks gestation

In addition to the painful sensations in the lower abdomen and in the lower back, you will most likely feel the soreness of the back, the spine, you probably have pain in your legs. Such pains are now normal: the ligaments and muscles are stretched, the body prepares for childbirth, and this is where the soreness is characteristic for this stage of pregnancy.

For the same reason - stretching and softening of bones and joints, you most likely feel a certain heaviness, tenderness in the groin. You have a pain in the pubis, pull and hurt the pelvic bones. The pelvis is now gradually diverging, the pelvic bones become softer under the influence of the hormone relaxin, so there are certain pains. By the way, in addition you can also detect pain in the hip - this happens when the femoral nerve is squeezed by the femur, and the stitching pain in this case can reach even the knee.

Anyway, track the pain, analyze what it can be caused. And, if there is even the slightest suspicion that something is going wrong, it's better to insure yourself and consult with a doctor about this.

Focus on the child: listen to him and keep in touch with him constantly. Talk, caress, keep unity - in childbirth you will be a real team! It is imperative to act cohesively.

About that, that you can already breathe a sigh of relief, you will be notified by the first cry of the newborn. This is truly a unique moment: my mother for the first time hears the voice of her blood, and the child thanks to the cry makes her first breath and launches her respiratory system. But do not be disturbed by the silence of the baby: it happens that it takes him some time to get away from the shock. The kid is in a certain stress, he is exhausted, frightened and confused. Doctors know what to do in such cases, so that soon you will still hear the best melody in the world.

Allocations at week 40 of pregnancy

& hellip; And now, while meeting with the baby is just waiting, do not stop watching for vaginal discharge: normal for this period are considered light, discharge, having a mucous consistency. Viscosity and viscidity of secretions is the result of a gradual separation of the mucous plug, which until now closes the cervix. Keep in mind that mucus can be dyed pinkish, red, brown: when the cervix softens and shrinks, small blood vessels burst, and the blood stains the discharge.

But, if you suddenly find yourself with bloody discharge, regardless of their number, immediately go with this indication to the doctor. The appearance of blood from the genital tract is a clear symptom of detachment of the placenta, a phenomenon that threatens the life and health of the baby and mother.

Of course, you should not hesitate and when there are "colored" green or yellow, earthy excretions, secretions of foamy, curdled, with a mixture of flakes. Such changes indicate an infection that, if it is not treated, it can be passed on to the baby during passage of the birth canal. Consult a doctor and immediately begin treatment: you may still have time to minimize the risks of infection of the baby until the child begins delivery.

And, of course, taking the bags, go to the hospital, noting the passage of amniotic fluid. You will learn about the outflow of amniotic fluid by the appearance of liquid, watery, abundant discharges - the water on the eve of the onset of labor is poured out literally by a stream. But keep in mind that not always and not necessarily the amniotic fluid is poured just right before delivery and once: amniotic fluid can easily leak, seeping in small amounts. This is possible when the fetal membranes are exhausted or if their integrity is impaired, which is dangerous for the child - an infection in violation of the integrity of the membranes can penetrate the fetus within the first 24 hours. Therefore, even with the sensation of constantly wet panties, do not fail to inform the leading pregnancy doctor.


At 40 weeks of pregnancy, ultrasound may be needed to monitor the condition of the baby and exclude any intrauterine malnutrition. With the help of ultrasound, the doctor, for example, will assess the placenta: every week the placenta is aging more and at some point ceases to cope with their duties. As a result, the baby begins to experience oxygen starvation, which can cause depression of brain activity, violations of the heart, and in severe cases - even to death of the fetus.

Assessing the ultrasound of the placenta, the doctor will also look at how the baby is doing and whether everything is normal. Once again, the size of the fetus will be confirmed, the probability of hanging it with the umbilical cord is excluded, the quality and quantity of amniotic fluid, the condition of the uterus and the maturity of the cervix are assessed.

Now you can clearly see the crumb in the form with which you will meet in the very near future. Undoubtedly, the baby will be the most beautiful for you. But to be honest, many parents are somewhat embarrassed by his appearance. The head can be visibly deformed, the body is covered with mucus, the skin is some kind of spotted and strange color, and even covered with hair in the most unexpected places, and due to the increased level of hormones, even the sexual organs can swell, sometimes the liquid is poured from the papillae. Do not be confused by any aesthetic "defects" - all of them will disappear soon after birth.

Try to immediately attach the baby to your breast - more and more modern doctors are inclined to the fact that it is extremely useful for both mother and children. And then it will be weighed, measured, the first toilet in the life will be cleaned, wiped off, dressed, eyes will certainly be dripped with medicinal drops to prevent the development of eye disease.

The New Man will be assessed on the Apgar scale and given him a biro where your name, medical card number, date and time of birth and sex of the child will be indicated.

The period of newborn begins, where you are expected to care, troubles, difficulties and much happiness!

Let everything be fine!

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