What’s happening in week 40 of your pregnancy?
• Your little one’s vision is still developing. He will be able to focus on objects around eight to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimeters) from his face when he’s born, but don’t worry, his vision will develop further.
• Your baby has learnt to recognize your voice. You have probably been talking to him already and he will find your voice soothing.
• He’s happy and healthy. Your baby may weigh between 6.5 to 9 pounds (2.9 to 4 kilograms) and measure 20 to 22 inches (50.8 to 55.8 centimeters). He’s also still covered in vernix, a protective coating, which will wash off during his first bath.
How is your baby’s brain developing?
• The lower part of your baby’s brain will control his actions – known as reflexes – when he’s born, such as sucking on an object near his mouth, which is known as the rooting reflex.
• Help your little achiever reach the top of the learning curve by continuing to nourish yourself with essential brain-nutrient DHA.
What pregnancy symptom might you experience this week?
Some babies might still be in the womb in week 40. Don’t worry; only five percent of babies arrive on their due date. Here’s how to ensure a healthy pregnancy this week:
• Rest and conserve your energy for labor and all the feeding and diaper changing you’ll be doing.
• Talk to your doctor. Delivering your baby past 42 weeks may pose some complications, and your doctor may choose to induce labor.
• Take a peek ahead to your baby’s first weeks and milestones. Right after birth, your baby will experience rapid developments in these key areas – intellectual, motor, emotion, and communication. Support your baby’s exceptional learning by helping him achieve a holistic brain development.
Mom’s Tip of the Week
After your baby’s birth, his vision is a little blurry, and will only be able to focus on objects around 10 inches from his face. Continue to provide your baby with high amounts of DHA to help boost his visual acuity.