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40 weeks pregnant

Get ready

With labor and birth so much on your mind, it might be easy to forget about what the immediate postpartum period will be like. But it's worth being prepared! Find out more about your time at the hospital, after baby arrives.


Rebecca with her twinsExtra!

When her twin girls, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip, were four months old, actress Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, Ugly Betty) talked to In Style magazine about how becoming a mother has changed her. She told the mag, "Being a mom makes me feel whole and like I understand the meaning of life. All I want to do is stare into my babies' eyes nonstop."

>>> Rebecca Romijn talks pregnancy cleavage


In the know

What is external version? Performed late in pregnancy, this is where a doctor manually attempts to move a breech baby into the typical head-down position for birth. The procedure may be painful for the mother, and doesn't always work -- but when it does, it can be very helpful to avoid a c-section delivery! 

Find out more about external version -- including how it's done -- here.


Perfect breath

Said NASCAR driver Burney Lamar of his 2-month-old baby daughter Ciel (born in March 2009 to Burney and his wife, supermodel Niki Taylor), "She smells so good. And, this is going to sound funny, but even her breath smells good when she cries. And her crying is the cutest thing ever. She makes the sweetest faces. She is absolutely perfect."


Go feel kicky

Feeling baby kickWhat kind of a "kicker" do you have? The quieter babies who make you worry are usually just fine. They're just quieter, calmer, more subdued. You may not believe it now, but these can actually be very positive qualities in children.

If you're past the point where you've felt your baby kicking but you haven't felt him move all day, don't panic. Sometimes, you're just not paying attention, and gentle kicks and prods will go unnoticed. Drink a glass of orange juice, eat a spoonful of peanut butter (if you're not allergic, of course), and lie down on your left side. Wait about 20 minutes -- you should feel the kicks starting up. (If you're concerned that you haven't felt your baby for awhile or his movements seem irregular, call your caregiver.)

You may want to keep track of baby's movement over a day or a few days -- download a free kick count chart here.

Click here for more on fetal movement!