You're 41 weeks pregnant! You probably never imagined getting to this point. Remember only 5% of babies arrive on their due date; half of all babies arrive past their due date, so you aren’t outside of the norm by still being pregnant – nor are you overdue!
Your due date could have been out if you weren’t sure of your ovulation date, or your cycle is not the average 28 days.
None of this really helps when you are feeling so impatient to meet your baby!
Being 41 weeks pregnant is not comfortable either, so you are probably looking forward to having your body back. It’s really hard to think about relaxing, but it’s best to avoid getting stressed out.
Stress hormones don’t help labour along – in fact, they usually stall it. Meditation, massage or even acupuncture might help you feel calm and could even get labour going.
You might be getting sick of the constant ‘have you had that baby?’ messages from well meaning family and friends.
If possible, turn off your phone or ask your partner to field the calls. Feeling like the ‘watched pot’ doesn’t help your own frustration and emotions while waiting for labour to start.
Make sure you have a peek at our very popular article, 8 Tips For A Low Stress Early Labour At Home.
41 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
There’s likely nothing new going on with your body at 41 weeks pregnant; just more of the same: haemorrhoids, trouble sleeping, aches and pains, and heartburn.
You are probably not gaining much weight at this point, yet you’re feeling bigger than ever. All the items on your ‘to do’ list are probably checked off.
Take every moment you can to relax and enjoy your last days of pregnancy. You may be limited by what you can do comfortably, but you can certainly see a movie or visit with friends. Swimming in a warm pool can help take some of the stress off your body and ease your aches and pains.
By now, your care provider may have ordered a biophysical profile and non-stress test to assess how well your baby is doing in there. These tests are often suggested for women whose due dates have passed.
The biophysical profile is simple and involves an ultrasound to check baby’s measurements, breathing movements and the level of amniotic fluid. The non-stress test checks how your baby's heart rate responds to movement.
These tests are done to determine your baby's wellbeing but they are optional. If there are no concerns about your baby's health, you may opt to decline these tests.
41 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
Your baby is likely to be losing the remainder of the lanugo and vernix from his skin this week. This mixes with the amniotic fluid your baby swallows and turns into meconium, which is the build-up of waste in his bowels.
In the first few days after birth, your baby will pass this meconium which is thick, sticky and black-green in colour. Make sure you have plenty of wipes handy!
Your baby’s weight is likely somewhere between 3 and 4 kilograms now (6.6 to 8.8 pounds), and he is anywhere from 47-53 cm long. He continues to gain weight and his lungs continue to develop.