Week 40



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Congratulations, you’ve reached your due date!

If you haven’t gone into labour yet, don’t worry. Very few babies arrive on their due dates, and around half of all pregnancies go past 40 weeks. Even at 41-42 weeks of pregnancy, your baby is still likely to be going very well – although you might be feeling pretty tired and uncomfortable.

Labour starts naturally at 37-42 weeks for most women. But if you haven’t already, you might like to talk with your midwife or doctor about how to get labour going, when induction of labour might be recommended, and what it involves.

You’ll have more appointments to check that you and baby are OK and talk about when induction might be necessary.

You can compare different birth settings to find out what happens on the day of birth and in the first 48 hours after birth.

Your baby

The average full-term Australian baby:

  • weighs about 3.5 kg, ranging from 2.9 kg to 4.2 kg
  • measures about 50 cm from head to toe, ranging from 46 cm to 56 cm
  • has a head circumference of about 35 cm, ranging from 33 cm to 37 cm.

Your baby’s movements might feel a bit different, usually because there’s less space. If you’re at all worried about your baby’s movements – or anything else – call your health professional or the hospital.

Has your baby already arrrived?

If your baby has been born, you’re busy getting to know each other and learning how to be a family. We wish you the very best. You can find lots of information on how to care for yourself and your baby on Raising Children Network. You might also like to read about government parenting payments and services and supports.

When you’re a new parent, it can really help to feel part of a community:

Your child and family health nurse or other community health professional might also be able to put you in touch with other new parents.

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