Your baby this week
40 weeks pregnant

Worry not

You're likely to be experiencing some common labor-related fears, like: "I'm worried that I won't figure out that I'm really in labor until I'm about to give birth."

Woman

We've all read stories about women giving birth in grocery stores because they didn't realize that it was "the real thing" until it was too late. Fortunately, these types of deliveries are relatively rare -- which goes a long way toward explaining why they tend to make front-page news when they happen!

While you might have your doubts initially about whether you're dealing with true labor or a particularly nasty imitation, as your labor progresses, you'll have a better idea about what's is (or isn't) going on. And even if you're still stumped at that point, your doctor or midwife will be able to step in and help you to make the definitive call. It's part of the job description!

Click here to read more common fears and how you can cope -- and relax.


The perfect middle name

The first name isn't the only name that parents need to select. And whereas the first name will follow your child throughout life, the middle name offers an opportunity to honor a loved on, connect with ancestors or even go wild. Here are a few suggestions on choosing a middle name for your baby.

We can help! Get some tips on choosing a middle name here

Newborn boy


Nice 'n' smooth

No one on earth is going to promise you a pain-free ultra short labor (and if they do they’re likely selling something) but you can try some things that can help make labor progress smoother, and possibly minimize some of the pain. Get some advice here: Have a smoother labor experience

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You're almost there!

With baby

You have carried your baby to term, and it's only a matter of time now. No matter how permanent this pregnancy is feeling, you will soon have a baby in your arms. You'll be able to get to know him or her -- look into those eyes, stroke that tiny head, hold those little hands.

For now, sit back and put your hands on your belly, rubbing your baby and making a memory of these last few amazing days.

Read one mom's from-the-heart letter to her son: For you, on the last night before the first day


In the know

Your membranes (amniotic sac) may rupture creating a rush or constant trickle of fluid. Call your healthcare provider right away if you suspect your water has broken.