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40 WEEKS EXACTLY

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Your baby today

It's been wonderful to see your baby's progress and facial features as each day of the pregnancy has passed by. 2D and 3D ultrasound images, as well as MRI, have all played a part in giving us a glimpse into the fascinating and complex world of life before birth.

You've reached 40 weeks exactly! It may have seemed like a long wait, but it will be worth it once you're holding your baby.

Congratulations! If you don't yet have your newborn baby in your arms, you soon will, and your life will be changed forever. Even the longest pregnancy seems unaccountably short when your labor begins, and the reality begins to hit that you'll soon be holding your newborn.

You'll get through the labor; and you'll forget about the discomfort after a few good sessions detailing it to family and close friends. In fact, everything that precedes that moment when you hold your newborn baby for the first time becomes inconsequential when you realize that you have created the most wondrous thing of all: a new life. So good luck and well done! This is only just the beginning of the most amazing years of your life.

As A Matter Of Fact

58 percent of parents questioned in a recent survey believed that the name they gave their baby would contribute to his or her success in life.

More found it easier to name a boy than a girl, and just 3 percent said they would change the name they'd given their baby if they could.

Pregnant woman in dress

Your pregnancy is coming to an end so rather than nurturing your belly, you'll soon be nurturing your amazing newborn baby.

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