What’s happening in week 40 of your pregnancy?

Your little one’s vision is still developing. He/she will be able to focus on objects around eight to 20 to 30 cm from the face after birth, but don’t worry, the vision will develop further.

Your baby has learnt to recognize your voice. You have probably been talking to him/her already and he/she will find your voice soothing.

Your baby is nearly ready. Your baby may weigh between 2.9 to 4 kg and measure 50.8 to 55.8 cm. He’s also still covered in vernix, a protective coating, which will wash off during his first bath.

How is your baby’s brain developing?

The lower part of your baby’s brain will control the actions – known as reflexes – when he/she is born, such as sucking on an object near the mouth, which is known as the rooting reflex.

What pregnancy symptom might you experience this week?

Some babies might still be in the womb in week 40. Don’t worry; only five percent of babies arrive on their due date. Here’s how to ensure a healthy pregnancy this week:

Rest and conserve your energy for labour and all the feeding and diaper changing you’ll be doing.

Talk to your doctor. Delivering your baby past 42 weeks may pose some complications, and your doctor may choose to induce labour.

Take a peek ahead to your baby’s first weeks and milestones. Right after birth, your baby will experience rapid developments in these key areas – intellectual, motor, emotion, and communication. Support your baby’s exceptional learning by helping him/her to achieve a holistic brain development.

Mom’s Tip of the Week

After your baby’s birth, the vision is still a little blurry, and will only be able to focus on objects around 10 inches from the face.


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