Breast milk is best for your baby

Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

Abbott Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.

The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.

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THIRD TRIMESTER / WEEK 40

Your Pregnancy at 40 Weeks

The Wait's Almost Over...
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Baby's Growth and Development When You're 40 Weeks Pregnant

Your due date arrives during the 40th week of pregnancy, but it might come and go without fanfare. Changes in your baby’s body prior to birth include:

  • A surge of hormones in your baby’s body might play a part in initiating labor.
  • Your baby weighs between 7 and 8 pounds and measures between 18 and 20½ inches long. More or less is OK.
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Your Changing Body When You're 40 Weeks Pregnant

When you’re 40 weeks pregnant, your body makes many final preparations for labor and delivery.

  • Your bones, muscles, and joints continue to relax.
  • The ligaments in your pelvis loosen to enable it to open up during birth.
  • You might feel pressure on your pelvis.
  • You might have lower-back aches.
  • You might have trouble finding a comfortable sleeping position.
  • Rest as much as you can to prepare for the upcoming labor and delivery.
  • Your cervix might open (dilate). Dilation can begin in the weeks, days, or hours prior to labor.
  • The mucous plug that once blocked your uterus to stop bacteria from entering your cervix might release. This small brown or blood-tinged discharge from your vagina might go unnoticed. This normal process is commonly called the show. It is a sign that your body is preparing for labor.
  • In 10% of women, the amniotic sac of water breaks prior to labor. It can gush or leak slowly.