Help my growing baby develop in the 40th week of pregnancy

It’s week 40 of pregnancy. Continue to give your growing baby the proper nutrition and stimulation.

What’s happening in the 40th week of pregnancy?

Your growing baby’s vision is still developing. 

Your growing baby may be familiar with your voice thanks to all the talking and singing you’ve been doing over your pregnancy period. The attachment between the mother and the child begins in utero (in the womb).i

Your growing baby may weigh between 7.6 pounds (3.5 kilograms) and measure 20.6 inches (51 centimeters).ii

What can I expect in the 40th week of pregnancy?

Some growing babies might still be in the womb in week 40iii.Support your pregnancy and growing baby’s health this week by resting and conserving energy for labor.

What can you do to support your pregnancy?

Continue to provide your growing baby with DHA through your diet, to support his or her brain and eye development, as well as other nutrients like iron, zinc, choline and folate to support physical growth. Check with your doctor that your growing baby is indeed in a head-down position by now. If he or she isn’t, and doesn’t turn over the next couple of weeks, discuss with your doctor the next steps. 

This is the final week of your pregnancy and you are about to embark on a beautiful and exciting new journey. All the many ways you have been bonding with your growing baby throughout your pregnancy have undoubtedly set a strong foundation for your growing baby’s holistic development through his or her life.iv




i.   Sullivan, Regina, Perry, Rosemarie, Sloan, Aliza, Kleinhaus, Karine & Burtchen, Nina (2011). Infant bonding and
     attachment to the caregiver: Insights from basic and clinical science. Clin Perinatol, 38(4): 643–655.
ii   Curtis, G. B., & Schuler, J. (2016). Your Pregnancy Week by Week (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press.
iii  How accurate are 'due dates'? Retrieved 31 May 2017 from, & You and
     your baby at 33-36 weeks pregnant. Retrieved 31 May 2017 from,
iv  Van den Bergh, B. (1990). The influence of maternal emotions during pregnancy on fetal and neonatal behavior.
     Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health, 5(2), 119-130.