How far along: 40 weeks - the big 4-0! Wonder how much longer now?
How big is baby: a small pumpkin.
What is baby doing this week: After months of anticipation, your due date has been and gone, and... you're still pregnant. It's frustrating, but lots of women find themselves in this situation.
Rest assured your baby is quite cosy where she is. She is getting a little heavier and may grow a bit more in length. The average baby is about 51cm long from head to toe and weighs about 3.4kg at birth. But if your baby is anywhere between 2.5kg and 3.8kg, that's a healthy weight.
Your baby continues to shed the greasy, white substance (vernix caseosa) which has been protecting her skin. If she shows no sign of making an appearance after another week, she may have slightly dry skin when she arrives.
Your baby has mastered all the skills she'll need after she's born. She can instinctively search for her thumb and suck it, just as she will search for your breast for a feed soon after birth.
In TV dramas, labour always begins with the waters breaking – in the middle of a crowded room, of course – just before contractions start. The reality is that, even if your membranes do rupture, your baby's head will tend to act like a cork at the opening of your uterus (womb). If you lie down, however, you may notice fluid leaking. Your body will continue to produce amniotic fluid until your baby is born.
Try to stay calm if your waters break or you start to feel contractions, but do call your doctor or midwife straight away. You may be advised to wait at home until contractions are really under way. Find out how to tell when you're in labour.
Total weight gain: 57.9kg, 300g more than last week and 11kg since the start of pregnancy.
Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity.
Sleep: Fairly good this week. I'm well aware of the fact that labour could start any night so am making sure i'm not too tired.
Best moment of the week:
Food cravings/aversions: None.
Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday.
Other: Very strong Braxton Hicks the last two days - i think i have one more often than not now. Sudden sharp pains down low, which i've heard called 'lightning crotch' are becoming more and more frequent.
Movement: Head down, left occiput lateral (LOL/LOT), 3/5ths above brim and non-ballotable (slightly engaged). Lots of kicks and stretches - more stretches now as he starts to get quite cramped in there.
What i'm looking forward to: a peaceful, quick, healing home waterbirth!
What i miss: Being able to walk easily. Also my patience! I've got quite a short temper lately.
Next appt: 27 November.
What else i've done this week: