40 Weeks Pregnant
The development of baby
Baby is born during three stages of labor: first, second and third. Babies that are not in the correct position can either be moved or will need to be born by caesarean section. Babies that are in distress may need additional care after they are born, or will be removed from the mom before actual labor pains begin.
The development of mom
Mom's cervix will continue to dilate until it is fully open (about ten centimeters) and she is able to push with the contractions. While it might seem like a good idea to push earlier, this can cause tears and more pain than is necessary. If you want to have pain medications, sooner is better than later. They can always be adjusted or taken away if they're not working or causing ill effects. Make sure to rest as much as you can between contractions so that you have enough energy to push.
Specific concerns Realize that while labor is a difficult process, women have been doing it for years and you can too. Babies born today have a nearly perfect chance of being born without complications. If you are having any troubles, be sure to tell the doctor or the nurse and they can help make labor easier for you. Pain is normal, but only ten percent of women report excruciating pain, so your chances of not being in this group are pretty good. Labor will end - whether it seems like it will or not. The end result of labor is always worth the effort.
Congratulations and good luck with your new bundle of joy! Special tip for dad/partner Make sure to bring flowers and other special gifts to mom - she's done a lot of work to produce this little person.
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