Updated 08 October 2018

Week 40

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

Congratulations on your new son or daughter!

If your baby hasn’t been born yet, no need to worry. A very small percent of babies are born on their scheduled date. A baby is only considered overdue at 42 weeks.

Your baby's progress:

  • Your average baby is about 51cm 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.
  • At least 15% of the body is fat.

Your progress:

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

What to do:

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

Good luck and enjoy your new parenting journey...


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