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Week 40 - Non-Stress Test

Your baby weighs about 7.5 to 8 pounds and is around 20.5 inches in length. While you may be impatient to meet your baby, remember that only 5 percent of women actually give birth on their due date, and many first time moms go past their due date.

It is very common to have a non-stress test at this point to determine how you and your baby are doing. A non-stress test is a simple, painless procedure in which your doctor monitors your baby's heartbeat - first while the baby is resting, and then while he's moving - to evaluate his condition. Just as your heart beats faster when you're active, your baby's heart rate should go up while he's moving or kicking.

See a baby at 40 weeks: Ultrasound Images

How is your body changing this week? Find out: My Pregnant Body Week 40

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