Tips for Pregnancy Week 40

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Eviction Notice: Forty weeks have come and gone. You are ready. Where is baby?

If one more person tells you that you look like you are going to pop, you just might do it, right? Your walk is a waddle, you haven't been able to shave your legs in some time, and turning over in bed feels like an Olympic event. Congratulations! You have done a great job in carrying your little one for this long.
By now you are certainly considering filing an eviction notice on your little tenant. Being patient is made more challenging by the phone calls and questions from others, who are anxiously awaiting your little one's arrival. Unfortunately, there is little that you can do to convince your baby that life on the outside is more exciting than life on the inside. That cozy little space, with plenty of food and lots of gentle rocking, seems like the ideal spot for him/her to stay. There are a few methods rumored to naturally induce labor, but they have varying degrees of success. You can speak with your doctor if you have any concerns before giving these a try.

Sex

An orgasm may cause uterine contractions, and sperm contains hormones that may help to soften the cervix. You should avoid sex if you have been advised against it by your doctor, or if you think your water has broken.

Increased activity

Going for a walk, or other gentle increases in your activity level, may help to get things moving. Don't overdo it, or push yourself beyond your comfort level. Now is not the time to start training for your next marathon!

Eating spicy foods

While it may not be clear how this would work, some women have claimed that eating spicy meals seemed to kick-start their labor. Feel free to try it, but be aware that heartburn and an upset stomach may be all you end up giving yourself.

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Tips for Pregnancy Week 40

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  1. Rita says:

    I have tried everything and nothing has worked! My doctor has me scheduled for a c-section Monday. But I am not going because I want to push her out and I don’t understand what the rush is for!

    • Megan Klay says:

      Hi Rita – I’m not sure how far along you are currently, but your doctor should be fine with you carrying to 41 weeks, and possibly even up to 42. Have you discussed your wishes with your doctor? Good luck!

  2. AmyC says:

    I’m still comfortable but my family is getting impatient to see the little one 😛

  3. Anna says:

    tried it all. nothing worked

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