Your baby at 40 weeks
The fine hair (lanugo) that covered your baby's body is now almost all gone, although some babies may have small patches of it when they're born.
You at 40 weeks
Pregnancy normally lasts about 40 weeks – that's around 280 days from the first day of your last period. Most women go into labour a week either side of this date, but some women go overdue.
You may be offered an induction of labour – it's your choice whether to have this or not.
Read Choices when pregnancy reaches 41 weeks (PDF, 536kb) to find out more about your options.
Things to think about
- what to expect in the first days after birth
- how to change your baby's nappy
- your baby's post-birth check-up
The Start4Life site has more about you and your baby at 40 weeks pregnant.
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