At 40 weeks, you will be very ready to give birth to your baby. Once born, your baby will be given to you to have skin to skin contact - a very special moment for you and your baby.

Week 40

Mum

Make room in your heart – it takes time to become a mother. Not the nine months for the baby to grow, but for your mind to wrap around the concept of “I’m going to be a mum”. Like the pre-wedding jitters, it’s common to get a mini identity crisis pre-baby. Anxiety and anticipation go hand-in-hand, mixed with all your prenatal hormones, so talk to others about your feelings.

Dad

The miracle of birth is just around the corner, and even though you’re keeping a smiling face for your partner, inside you’re a ball of nerves. Will the baby be okay? Will your partner be okay? What if you faint in the delivery room? Will you mess up cutting the umbilical cord?

Deep breath – it’ll be fine. They will be fine. And you will be more than fine, you will be amazing.

Baby

Bub, you are one gigantic watermelon. Your organs are fully developed. Your lungs are mature. Time to be born now.

Photos in the bumpandbaby.co.nz/week-by-week/ are by Lenart Nilsson. Lenart's series was bought to fame when his photo, considered the greatest photo of the 20th century, appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1965. “Everyone interprets images differently, depending on their social, cultural and religious background. In the digital era, I believe it is more important than ever to go back and take a look inside ourselves. What better way of doing that than with these photos?” ~ Jane Stene, art gallery director and curator of Lenart's definitive black and white series, told the The Guardian in 2019. It is Lenart Nilsson's wish that his images are never used for political debate about pro-life.

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