Pregnancy Week 40

Your baby is finally ready to meet you! Learn why you may need to induce labor if you're overdue in week 40.

Watch Your Baby's Growth

Pregnancy Month by Month:  Preparing for Labor
Pregnancy Month by Month: Preparing for Labor

Your baby is just about ready to make an appearance. Here¿s what to expect during labor and a boost of encouragement for you to take into the delivery room.

Your Changing Body

Contractions don't exactly tickle. Even if you vowed to not have an epidural before, you may change your mind once you're in labor, and that's perfectly fine--it's your baby, your body, and your pain tolerance!

Your Developing Baby

When your baby is born, heart rate, grimace response, skin coloration, respiration, and muscle tone will be measured. This is called an Apgar score; most healthy babies score between 7 and 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. Don't worry--perfect 10s are rare (and have nothing to do with whether your little star will get into Harvard or Yale!)

Your Pregnancy

Your actual pregnancy is coming to an end--and labor is coming. Brace yourself and get ready to finally meet your little love. Congratulations!

Your Week 40 To-Do List

1. Be ready for your water to break.

An Inside Look

Take a unique look at Baby's development inside the womb this week.

Your Pregnancy Calendar

Organize your doctor's appointments, save your ultrasound photos, and more--all in one place!

Ask Parents About Week 40

We've got answers to your questions from experts and parents who've been there.

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Everything in Pregnancy Week 40

More About Your Pregnancy in Week 40

Your Baby

Your Body

Your Self

  • Inducing Labor

    Learn why your doctor may decide to induce you and which methods she has to choose from.

  • When You're Overdue

    The best thing to do when you're overdue? Don't stress!

Diet & Exercise

  • Postpartum Exercise

    Start planning your post-pregnancy fitness regimen now. You'll be back out there in no time!

  • Postpartum Fitness Classes

    Try a fitness class for new moms to stay motivated to drop pounds in a friendly, understanding environment.

Q & A