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You are now 39 weeks pregnant (or in your 40th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby’s growing

The big day is almost here and it won’t be long before you’re able to cuddle your baby. But don’t worry if by the end of this week you’re still waiting — only 5 per cent per cent of babies are born on their expected due date and a whopping 75 per cent are born later. Read more information on your baby’s development this week.

How your life’s changing

Do you feel that time has flown since the beginning of your pregnancy? Then be prepared: these last few days will probably feel longer than the last nine months. Most doctors and midwives will wait 10-14 days after your due date before considering your baby overdue and inducing labour. In the meantime, you and your partner might try relieving the tension with a little love-making — sex has been known to get labour started. If it doesn’t, your midwife or doctor may offer a membrane sweep to try to get labour started naturally. If this is your first baby, your labour may be long and slow, but there are ways to speed things up both naturally and by intervention from your midwife or doctor.

Be prepared

On the practical front, it’s a good idea for you both to try installing the baby’s car seat before you need to use it. Most Canadian hospitals won’t discharge a baby without one and you won’t want to waste time working out how it fits in when you’re anxious to get home. Another useful thing you can do together is to go over your partner’s role during delivery. And if you’ve still to decide on names, try using our Baby Namer to find the perfect combination.

If your mom’s coming to stay when the baby arrives, let her make a fuss of you. And leave the housework to her (and your partner). Having lots of visitors when you are just getting to know your newborn can be overwhelming so try to put some people off for a week or so, or suggest that they just come over for a cup of tea and don’t outstay their welcome. Your first priority is yourself and your baby — you’ll need time to rest and recover. It’s also a good idea to restrict who can hold your baby to close friends and family in the early weeks.

Pregnancy tip

“When I had a show, I expected to be in labour almost immediately. I didn’t know I’d have to wait for nearly three days before my waters broke!” — Pat H.

Plus: The last few weeks of pregnancy can be unbearable if you suffer from heartburn — find out what you can do to ease the discomfort and follow our tips for eating well in the last week or so of pregnancy.

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