40 weeks pregnant and no baby kicking

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Track your baby's development Get expert guidance from the world's #1 pregnancy and parenting resource, delivered via email, our apps and website. For all the weight and bulk you’re lugging around these days, you’d think your little champ would weigh more than a mere 4 pounds!
But once you add in the placenta, amniotic fluid, and extra blood, you've got at least 10 pounds of baby and their life-support gear smooshed up against your organs! In terms of appearance, your sweet lil' looker is getting cuter and pudgier every day as they pile on that adorable baby fat.
And as you know all too well, your womb kick-boxer is getting stronger with every passing day. Here's a fun game for when your kick-boxer is especially active: place a small object (baby blocks or a remote control) on your belly and see how far your star-kicker can lob that thing across the room! Despite their obviously increasing strength, your bigger-by-the-day baby will actually start dropping their rate of movement in the last few weeks, no thanks to their restricted womb space. If movement ceases for over an hour, drink some cold juice, lay on your side and wait for some added movement.
These increasing uterine contractions are standard during the second half of pregnancy and lucky for you, grow in frequency during the third trimester.
Cleverly dubbed “practice labor”, BH contractions aren't the real deal, but if they're getting too frequent or intense, get a big glass of ice water, drink it and chill on the couch for a while.
As your magical growing baby obstinately refuses to shrink or give back any real-estate in your belly, you can sit back, "relax," and take in the heartburn and increased lower back pain.
Remember to eat less with each meal and opt for smaller more frequent meals, loads of water, and a post-meal walk to get things unclogged and less heartburn-tastic. Despite the common practice of coaching the mother to push during birth, it is actually better to allow your uterus contractions to naturally push the baby down through the birth canal until you feel the spontaneous urge to bear down and push.

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A bit over 20 inches long, your baby has continued to grow and may now weigh almost 8 pounds.
Let's talk about talking: whether you're cooing Shakespeare or sweetly berating your boss while you breastfeed, your newborn infant has no idea what you're saying and won't for months to come.
What your infant does enjoy is the sound of your happy-sounding voice, the sight of your face, and the smell of your skin.
As part of our infant-survival plan, human infants prefer their mother's voice and face over any other voice or face. That's right, go ahead and talk to your infant (in a happy soft voice) because they'll love it even though they won't have the faintest clue what you're saying - and won't begin truly understanding your words until some time between one and two years of age.
It's that last leg of the race, the finish line is laughing at you (if you haven't yet delivered) and your patience is wearing thin, but if you're still not in labor - it's no surprise, and entirely normal to be pregnant for the next two weeks.
After all the nipple stimulation, your sex machine might be feeling a little revved up (it might not, which is totally normal and okay). Aside from the basic elation of finally having given birth, the first few weeks are typically quite stressful for the new mother (and father). Forced pushing increases the risk of meconium staining the amniotic fluid, which can lead to potential fetal distress—when the baby has a bowel movement in the amniotic fluid. Perhaps because high voices usually come from smaller, safer females, whereas deep and loud voices tend to come from big, potentially dangerous, males. Although semen's role in inducing labor is still debated, your orgasm releases oxytocin and uterine spasms that can help kick-start labor. This so-called "molding" is the reason your baby's noggin may look a little conehead-ish after birth. Usually this kicks in around the fourth day and passes in a day or two as long as mom gets a reasonable amount of rest and relaxation.

If your labor doesn't start on its own, your practitioner can use certain medications and techniques to help bring on or "induce" contractions. She'll do this when the risks of prolonging your pregnancy are higher than the risks of induction. Most practitioners will induce labor if you're still pregnant between one and two weeks after your due date. This medication helps to ripen the cervix and may also stimulate enough contractions to start your labor.If the prostaglandins don't put you into labor, your caregiver will then administer a drug called Pitocin (also known as oxytocin). It's given through an IV and used to start labor or augment contractions you've been having on your own.
There are no do-it-yourself techniques consistently proven to be both safe and effective so don't try anything without guidance from your caregiver.
Because it may overstimulate your uterus, your contractions and your baby's response to them would need to be monitored so don't try this at home.Castor oil is a strong laxative, and stimulating your bowels may cause some contractions.
Some are risky because they can cause contractions that are too long or too strong and may be unsafe for your baby for other reasons as well.
For others, the safety and effectiveness remain unknown.This week's activityKick back and relax. Rent some movies, read a novel, curl up with a stack of magazines or a new CD, sleep in or grab catnaps when you can.You're in the final stretch and you deserve some downtime!

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