40 weeks pregnant – My due date has arrived, but still no baby!
Not even a sign that the baby is on his way! I’ve started eating tons of pineapple which have given me the runs and I’m walking absolutely everywhere to help the process along. I’m just ready to have this baby now, and I can’t wait to meet little Boxer, but I’m starting to feel very, very uncomfortable.
Boxer is putting a lot of pressure on my bladder when I’m in an upright position. But if that enables him to drop down into my pelvis then so be it. I hope he doesn’t wait too long to come out!
A fun fact – We have reached our due date! Yay!
The science part
Your baby at 40 weeks
- Your baby is the size of a watermelon now and weighs around 3 to 4kg, but should be able to still move
Your pregnancy signs and symptoms
- If you have swollen feet, try elevating them every day and take weight off your legs. Yoga is great for boosting blood circulation and strengthening the muscles gently
- If your swelling becomes severe, contact your midwife/GP without fail to eliminate the possibility of pre-eclampsia
Your next steps
- Make sure you sleep on your left side to reduce the risk of stillbirth which has been linked to sleeping on your back – this includes daytime napping too!
- If you go over your due date, you may be offered a membrane sweep. If you don’t want to go for something invasive to bring on contractions, click here for some natural ways to induce labour
- You should have an antenatal appointment booked at 40 weeks and 41 weeks if you go over your due date.
Note: These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your doctor or midwife.Have you already had your baby (congratulations!), but you’re still receiving pregnancy emails? Just hit unsubscribe at the bottom of your email and sign up to ‘My Motherhood’ posts to carry on with the personalised weekly emails for your baby up to 16 weeks old! Form below:
*Illustrations by Charlotte Watkins.
If you have any questions about her work, please contact Charlotte via her website, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn*
Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/