BABY IS READY. OR MAYBE NOT.
After many weeks of anticipation and preparation, your baby is here! Or maybe not. Only 5% of women deliver on their estimated due dates, and many first-time mothers find themselves waiting up to two weeks after their due date for their baby to arrive.
The rupture of your amniotic sac could happen any day now. When water breaks, you may experience a large gush of water or some feel a steady trickle. Many women don’t experience their water breaking until they’re well into labour. Others need to have their water broken by their health care providers to get their labour started or to speed it up. If you think your water has broken or you are experiencing regular contractions, contact your doctor.
A baby born at forty weeks weighs about 3,500 grams and measures 19 to 20 inches. Don’t expect your baby to look all chubby and cute right away – newborns often have heads temporarily misshapen from the birth canal and may be covered with vernix and blood. Your baby’s skin may have skin discolorations, dry patches, and rashes – these many variations are completely normal.