Week

Your due date will arrive this week, but chances are good that it'll come and go without incident. Doctors and scientists estimate that only 5 percent of women deliver on their due dates. It's just as normal to have your baby a week late as it is to have him or her a week early. Try to be patient, although with all the work you've done, that's not easy!

Once labor starts, your baby will experience many changes in order to prepare for birth, including a surge in hormones. This may help maintain blood pressure and blood sugar levels after birth. It may also have something to do with communicating to your uterus that the time has come.

With labor, your baby is prepared for the blood flow to the placenta to be decreased a bit with each contraction. Your baby can coast through these interruptions so long as they aren't too frequent and don't last too long. The changes your baby will experience at birth are truly amazing. All that has gone before is prologue to this wonderful, glorious event.

At 40 weeks, the average baby weighs about 7 to 8 pounds and measures about 18 to 20 V2 inches long with legs fully extended. Your own baby may have a weight and size of less or more and still be normal and healthy.

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