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Updated 21 November 2014

Week 40

If your baby hasn’t been born yet, don’t panic. Only 5% of babies are born on their scheduled date.

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Congratulations with your new son or daughter! If your baby hasn’t been born yet, don’t panic. Only 5% of babies are born on their scheduled date. A baby is only considered overdue at 42 weeks.


What is happening to your baby:

  • Your average baby is about 51 centimetres long.
  • The average weight is 3.4 kilograms. The healthy range is between 2.5 and 38 kilograms.
  • Most of the vernix caseosa (the whitish substance that covers him/her) is gone.
  • 15% of the body is fat.

What is happening to you:

  • Your amniotic fluid is pale and milky because of your baby’s shedding of vernix caseosa.

What to do:

  • Rest as much as possible – this is your last chance!

 
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