40th week of pregnancy

  • Biparietal diameter of foetus: 91 to 105 mm
  • Weight of foetus: approx. 3550 g
  • Length of foetus: approx. 50 cm

The big day can’t be far off now. Is the suitcase for the clinic ready?


Most women feel the so-called nest-building instinct – a sudden energy surge which gets them to tidy drawers, clean windows, wash floors and cook jam, as if the house has to be spic and span for the new arrival.


Many experts believe that this behaviour is very useful for the natural triggering of labour pains; others recommend not giving in to this energy surge, but rather to store up energy for the coming exhausting work of giving birth.


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