Once born, the first milk you will produce is called colostrum, seen here in a macrophotograph of a drop of colostrum. Also known as yellow milk, colostrum is a nourishing milk that is high in nutrients, antibodies and antioxidants.

Week 41+

Mum

If you haven’t given birth at 41 weeks, you will have another check-up during which you and your LMC will discuss the possibility of having the labour induced, either naturally or through medical intervention.

Dad

A sympathetic ear, breakfast in bed … no, not for you, sorry. For her. If your partner goes past her due date, she is likely to be upset and worried, not to mention uncomfortable. Try to distract her by taking a gentle stroll, or watching a movie with her.

If she’d rather be left alone, vacuum the house, weed the garden, wash the gunk off the shower floor. The belly is making it really difficult for her to move, and the anxiety is not making things better either.

Baby

You are late – at least that’s what the clever calculations say. Actually, you may be perfectly on time and their calculations may be off. Either way, though, here is your eviction notice: If you’re not out soon, they will take steps! Meanwhile, prepare not only for the long and tiring journey, but also for your first big task in the big world – taking your first breath. It’s no easy task, because the tiny air sacs will have to expand for the first time. Good luck!

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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