What to expect being pregnant at 40

While no one really knows what causes those painful spasms in your legs, it's a good bet that carrying around all that pregnancy weight (especially this week!) is a pain in the legs. That major mystery solved once and for all, you'll also notice that baby (besides being cute as can be — and yours!) is wearing a little leftover travel dust consisting of blood, vernix, lanugo and amniotic fluid.
It does seem implausible that something so big (a six-or-seven-plus-pound watermelon) could squeeze through such a little space, but that's exactly what happens most of the time.
Even if you only have days left to go, invest in a pregnancy body pillow if you haven't already.

About half of all pregnancies last longer than 40 weeks and it's anyone's guess when yours might end (though your practitioner will probably not let it go longer than 42 weeks, thankfully). First, because fewer than 15 percent of women experience a rupture of the membranes before labor begins and, second, because if your water does break in public, it's less likely to come as a torrential tidal wave and more likely to come as a slow leak, a trickle or a small gush. Mother Nature knows what she's doing (for the most part) and the majority of newborns are pretty well matched to the size of their mothers (if you're small-boned, chances are you're not carrying sumo baby in there — unless, of course, you've eaten like a sumo wrestler during pregnancy). And your vagina knows what to do, too — it stretches considerably during childbirth and then, miraculously, it tightens up again.

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