The 3rd trimester: Week 40

Congratulations! You're a mom! Or, maybe you're still waiting – many first time mother's only give birth a week or two after their due date.

Your baby

Your first glimpse:

After all the weeks and months of waiting and preparing, your baby is finally here! Don't be alarmed if your little one doesn't arrive camera-ready: most newborns have heads temporarily misshapen from the birth canal and may be covered in blood and a white, greasy substance known as vernix caseosa, which helps ease the baby's delivery and protect against minor skin infections. Skin rashes, discoloration and dry patches are also common and will clear up over time.

Sam Wilson sums up the magic of those first weeks with her new baby in this paragraph from 'After birth... the magic of baby': "The wonder of cradling a tiny foot in your lap, right above where that foot was nestled inside you just days before. Little fingers that wrap around yours. There is the weird sense that you've seen this face before, in others that you love... Modern life has so little magic. Those first weeks with your newborn... that, to me, is as shiny as magic gets. Revel in it."

Your body

How you may be feeling:

While this can be an exhilarating time, it can also be a bit daunting, especially if this is your first child. Don't hesitate to reach out to family and friends for advice and support. Most of all, give yourself a pat on the back for successfully navigating nine months of incredible physical and emotional changes. All of us at YourParenting are proud of you. Welcome to motherhood!

Tip of the week

Relish the last days of feeling your baby moving inside you if you haven't yet given birth. It is an utterly magical time that you will miss, despite all the niggles over the past 40 weeks.

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