20.03.2014

40 weeks pregnant sharp pains

All the five senses are developed enough by this week as your baby is ready to greet the world. In case of a breech position, where the baby remains in a feet down position, your doctor is likely to schedule a cesarean section in the 40th week [14]. Another routine procedure this week is a pelvic exam to check whether your cervix has started dilating (opening), effacing (thinning) and softening.
Doctors generally do not go for inducing labor in the 40th week, unless there are any danger to the mother or baby, as they agree that the longer the baby stays in the womb, the lesser the chances of complications after birth [2].
There are a number of natural measures, including castor oil, evening primrose oil and balsamic vinegar that are believed to induce labor and are used by many women in their 39th or 40th weeks [28].


However, late term babies (those born after week 41) are more likely to have relatively dry skin at birth [3].
Due to this reason it is quite common for babies to be born with a somewhat cone-shaped head that gradually becomes rounder over the first few weeks of life. However, it is still completely normal if your baby only engages before the start of labor, especially in a second-time pregnancy [13]. This might reduce the symptoms of heartburn, gas, appetite loss, rib pain and shortness of breath by allowing more space for the stomach and lungs to stretch. An ultrasound scan may be ordered to check on your baby and the placenta, as the latter may start deteriorating in case you go long beyond week 40 [17].


However, an induction of labor may be necessary if it does not start on its own as you near the end of week 42 [25]. It is quite common, especially for first time mothers, to end up carrying their baby for a couple of weeks more, as an induction of labor is often not considered until week 42.



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