40 Weeks Pregnant
At 40 weeks, the wait is almost over and soon you will meet your baby.
Remember, due dates are a guide – only five per cent of babies are actually born on their due date – but hopefully you will go into labour soon.
If you have an antenatal visit at 40 weeks, your midwife or doctor may discuss your options with you if you go overdue, possibly suggesting a cervical sweep, a vaginal examination where the membranes around your cervix will be ‘swept’ to see if labour can be nudged along. If there are any concerns about the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby, or that he/she is not coping well inside the womb, you may be offered an induction.
Many moms aren’t aware that breastfeeding after a C-section can take time, and then struggle to establish feeding or feel guilty for not continuing. After a C-section, feeding can be slow to establish for 24-48 hours as both you and your baby clear opiates from your systems. Baby’s suckling and rooting reflexes – which help baby search, find, latch and feed – will most probably be suppressed, however eumom breastfeeding expert Lisa Wilkinson offers advice to help you on your way to a happy, healthy breastfeeding journey.
Are you ready for labour?
First things first – check out these classic early signs of labour, then try to relax yourself physically and mentally with some ideal relaxation techniques for labour. If labour doesn’t seem to be starting, you could try some of the tried-and-tested methods other moms recommend with tips on how you can induce labour – let us know what works for you!
Preparing for breastfeeding
If you are thinking about breastfeeding, an essential part of your new mom kit will be good nursing bras. You may be expecting these to be ugly and unsexy, but a little shopping around will reveal a nursing bra style to suit you.
Believe it or not, your breasts will grow more post-delivery when your milk comes in, so the best advice is to get nursing bras now to cover the first week or two of feeding – you may then need to be measured again once feeding is established to get a more comfortable size and accurate fit.