Week 40 Of Your Pregnancy

At 39 weeks your baby probably weighs between three and four kilos and may measure 40 to 48 centimtres when stretched out from head to toe.

CHANGES TO YOUR BODY:

You are probably feeling very tired and possibly fed up of being pregnant. You may find it difficult to get up from sitting and could be struggling with aches and pains. Hopefully you won’t have too long to wait although only about five percent of women give birth on their actual due dates. It is around this time that many mums to be start experimenting with natural ways to induce labour. Some popular methods include spicy food, sex, long walks and nipple tweaking. Always speak to your doctor before trying anything to bring on labour.

LIFESTYLE CONSIDERATIONS:

Try to rest as much as possible and keep things simple. Don’t cook big elaborate meals or undertake any major projects around the house. If you are able to, take a walk for at least twenty minutes every day to keep yourself in shape and alleviate aches and pains.

GENERAL ADVICE:

Accept help wherever possible and don’t try to do everything yourself.

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