Your baby’s nails are still developing at 41 weeks pregnant, and you’re probably wondering when he or she will arrive.
This week, your baby is 20.4 inches long and weighs 7.9 pounds. This is around the size of an Easy-Bake Oven.
Your Child at 41 Weeks
- Hair and nails are still growing: Your baby’s hair and nails are still developing. Bring out the teeny-tiny nail clippers!
- Dry skin: As the newborn loses all of the vernix (the cheesy layer), his or her skin may become dry.
- Putting on weight: Your kid is almost fully formed at this time, but they’re gaining weight while they wait for their big debut.
Symptoms Of Pregnancy At 41 Weeks
- (There’s even more) urinating frequently: Your baby may have slid down into the pelvis in preparation for birth, causing you to go to the toilet more frequently than usual.
- Diarrhea: Some mothers report having diarrhea just before going into active labor. If you get the runs, it might be go-time shortly.
- Bloody discharge: As your cervix dilates, some of its blood vessels may break and cause a bloody discharge. This looks more like spots or mucous than blood. Bleeding is a cause to see a doctor straight soon.
- Nesting: Do you have a strong desire to clean the house or reorganize the hall closet? As the baby’s due date approaches, it’s typical to feel tempted to nest.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: You’re probably still experiencing sporadic tummy tightness as your body prepares for birth. Keep a lookout for any contractions. They should become more frequent and severe with time.
Labor Signs at 41 Weeks
At 41 weeks, you’re probably wondering if it’s finally time to go to the hospital or birthing center with every pang and tingling. Keep an eye out for the following indicators of labor:
- Frequent contractions: Do you have any actual contractions yet? Active labor contractions, as opposed to Braxton Hicks contractions, increase in intensity, duration, and proximity as they continue. A contraction timer app might help you track whether or not your contractions are becoming more frequent and longer.
- Water breaking: Having your water break is another symptom that labor has begun. This is typically not a flood of fluid (though it might happen), but rather a gradual trickle down your leg.
You should also be on the watch for any troubling signs, like bleeding or stomach discomfort, or if your baby’s activity decreases, and contact your doctor if you see them.
Your Pregnant Belly at 41 Weeks
Remember when you got to the end of your “term”? You are now considered late-term at 41 weeks, which is like being 5 minutes late to class—generally frowned upon, but not a big problem. Don’t be concerned. Many infants, especially first-time mothers, come after their due dates.
You’ll probably discover that your doctor is merely keeping an extra careful eye on you now that you’ve passed the 41-week milestone. They may schedule you for weekly or biweekly ultrasounds and/or nonstress testing to ensure that everything is running nicely on the inside.
Real Moms’ 41-Week-Old Baby Bump
Is it really necessary for me to be induced?
No, not always. Many physicians will prescribe induction (beginning labor with drugs such as Pitocin) for a pregnancy that lasts longer than 41 weeks because continuing into postterm (42 weeks or later) puts a baby at risk for difficulties. However, how you and your baby are doing can likely influence the choice; discuss any findings from the nonstress test and/or ultrasound. Furthermore, there’s always the possibility that your conception date (and consequently due date) was incorrectly computed.
After discussing induction with your doctor, choose the option that is best for your and your baby’s health and well-being. You may need to select a date for induction if you don’t go into labor naturally before then. You may also give it a go right now.
To induce labor, your cervix must have begun to ripen (that is, soften, efface, and/or dilate). If yours does not show any of these indications, your doctor may need to use medicine like Cervidil to start the ripening process and then Pitocin to induce contractions.
What Exactly Is an APGAR Score?
When your baby is born, they will receive their first test, known as the APGAR. The nurse or midwife will look at five things: the baby’s skin color, heart rate, reflexes, muscle tone, and breathing.
For each of them, the infant receives a 0, 1, or 2 for a total potential score of 10. It is administered after one minute and again after five minutes. It is really beneficial to your medical team to know that your baby is healthy.
What Happens After You Give Birth?
It’s possible that things may be difficult for a time. Whether you are waiting for your induction or are already at home with your baby, here is some advice for transitioning to life after pregnancy.
Your Physical Structure
If you gave birth vaginally, your perineum (hello there!) will be recovering for a few days or weeks. For pain relief, use a cold pack or sitz bath. (On your walk out the door, ask the hospital for more cold packs.) You’ll also most likely be bleeding for a few days and wearing those ubiquitous postpartum mesh underpants.
You should be very soft on yourself if you had a cesarean delivery. For a few weeks, don’t lift anything heavier than the infant. Take your pain relievers (and stool softeners) for as long as necessary. Remember to be as active as possible, even if it’s just a one-block stroll once a day. This can be quite beneficial to rehabilitation. (If they don’t provide it, request a belly band from the hospital to aid in the recovery of your abdominal muscles.)
Regardless of how your kid arrived in the world, your uterus will begin to contract, which can cause discomfort. Nursing produces oxytocin, which aids in uterine contraction, although it is possible to have excruciating cramps during breastfeeding.
That’s simply down the hall.
For a while, your breasts and tummy will be all kinds of who knows what. Your body gave birth to a child, and it is no longer the same. If you’re feeling bad about it, here’s a video of a musician explaining why she chose not to get plastic surgery following the birth of her twins.
Baby blues exist, as do postpartum anxiety and melancholy. How genuine is it? Between 70 and 80 percent of women experience emotional changes after pregnancy, including sobbing for no apparent reason. Be kind to yourself and appreciate your child.
Whether you’re still feeling down after a few weeks and can’t shake the negative thoughts, go to your doctor to determine if you need extra support.
For months, don’t stress about doing anything for anyone other than yourself and your kid.