15 January

The Pregnancy - Week 39-40

You are almost ready for delivery and the labour pains could start anytime. Today is the last day of your 39th week and the beginning of your 40th week. You will have pain in your lower back and contractions in the lower abdomen. If extreme pain then rushes to your doctor ASAP. You will also experience pain in the vaginal area and also have contractions. You will feel contractions for 30 to 45 secs

and at every 30 minutes. You could be in labour and your cervix is already dilated to 6 cms and could get dilated more with contractions. Your contractions are getting stronger and the frequency of contractions was also increasing.Every contraction is almost 1 min long and was coming at every 5 minutes. Now You are in the second stage of labour and this stage could last from 30 minutes to sometimes 2 hours. Now the baby’s head can be seen at the vaginal opening and Doctor asks You to push at every contraction which will help in the delivery of the baby. You will experience a lot of pain, especially during contractions. Be brave and breathe deep.This can reduce the pain a little. When the baby’s head is seen near the vaginal opening, Doctor gives a small cut at the opening. this is called episiotomy and is done to widen the vaginal opening and helps in delivery. This cut is stitched after delivery of the baby. The doctor is able to see the head of the baby coming out through the vaginal opening, once the head is out, the baby’s shoulder turns to one side and comes out followed by the other shoulder and then the entire body. And this way the baby enters for the first time into this world. The doctor gives the baby to You and congratulates you. You will be overwhelmed to see your baby for the first time. You may break down crying. This is obviously tears of joy. You have been waiting for this moment for the past nine months. You will be thrilled and elated to see your bundle of joy. Don’t forget to thank your Doctor. After the birth of the baby, the umbilical cord is cut and in the last stage of labour, the contractions begin again and this time the placenta comes out.


So our dear readers - This was the story of You. Hope you all liked it. We at Med-Health TV would love to hear your pregnancy and birth stories. Please do write to us and we can publish it in our website. Just imagine after a few years when your baby grows up, he or she would love to read the story of their birth.


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Pregnancy brings a new meaning to the concept of beauty to a woman. It is a period of immense joy, excitement and anxiety. The feeling of carrying a little soul within you is beautiful.

Last modified on Monday, 06 August 2018 10:17
Venkatesh Rathod

Venkat handles content management for MedHealthTV.

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