What To Expect When You’re 41 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a pumpkin!
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Full force into your second trimester, now you can start thinking about things like discovering your baby’s gender and buying some cute maternity clothes.
Many women thoroughly enjoy this trimester, so let’s see what’s happening in your body this week!
Weighing in at 1 3/4 ounces (50 g), your baby’s crown-to-rump length is 4 to 4 1/2 inches (9.3 to 10.3 cm).
This means that your little one is nearing the size of a navel orange this week.
Sleeping Positions – Because your body is undergoing so many changes to grow a baby, you might find yourself having trouble feeling comfortable in your normal sleeping positions.
Remember this: “SOS” or sleep on side. Better yet, make a habit of sleeping on your left side. This will make it easier for your baby to receive valuable nutrients and a steady blood supply from your placenta.
Open Communication – If you’ve never been a great patient before then now is the time to begin. Your baby depends on you and your doctor to do what’s best for him/her.
So, be a good patient by following your doctor’s instructions, communicating efficiently, voice your concerns, keep track of the things you want to discuss.
Outside Advice – The bigger your pregnant belly grows and the more people know about your pregnancy the more advice you will get. And let’s face it, most of that advice is generally unwanted.
The old wives tales, the advice, and the opinions can all be overwhelming.
Good humor and a strategic word to digress the conversation always comes in handy when dealing with loose-tongued people.
Re-establish Your Support Circle – You might have been difficult to live with or get along with during your first trimester. After all, you probably didn’t feel very well…at all!
So, now that you’re likely feeling better and are more energetic it’s time to renew your connection with loved ones. This might mean going to lunch with your friend, game night with your family, or even dinner with your partner.
Take the time to re-establish your circle of support. First trimester woes will undoubtedly be forgiven.
You are officially three months and two weeks pregnant, mama!
At this point, you might have already shared your big news. So, you can start expecting comments, advice, and congrats all around.
Your baby has probably started to suck his/her thumb at this point. In fact, this action is often seen on ultrasounds. And, it’s super cute!
The bones that have already formed are getting harder and retaining calcium this week. On an X-ray, your baby’s little skeleton would be visible.
Making a game changing transition, your pelvis is quickly expanding to accommodate your growing baby.
Your baby bump might be sitting a little higher up on your belly now. While each pregnant belly is unique, there’s no doubt that you’re surrendering space to your new addition.
Other mothers might be offering you their hand-me-down maternity clothes. Feel free to take them up on this offer, too.
Not only can maternity clothes rack up a significant bill, but you won’t really know what you like until you try them out. Hand-me-downs give you this chance as well as save a few bucks.
Insomnia – There are SO many reasons why expecting moms might experience insomnia during pregnancy. Leg cramps, frequent bathroom visits, a brain that just won’t quit – the reasons are endless.
And, it can hit you at any stage in your pregnancy. To battle insomnia during pregnancy, try to make your room as comfortable as possible by darkening it or changing the temperature.
It’s a good idea to establish a bedtime routine, as well. Here are more tips on how to get a great night’s sleep while pregnant.
Snoring – During pregnancy, your nasal passages become more swollen. This can result in you sounding like a chainsaw at night.
Although it might seem unattractive to both you and your partner, a few snores are really nothing to worry about.
In fact, snoring during pregnancy is quite common. If your partner notices you snorting or gasping, then you might be struggling with sleep apnea and you should see your doctor.
Round Ligament Pain – If you’re experiencing a sharp pain or jabbing feeling in your belly then you might be experiencing round ligament pain.
It can often feel like uncomfortable stretching, especially in your lower belly and groin area. Although it’s considered a normal part of pregnancy, it can be very annoying.
All round ligament pain is merely the ligaments surrounding your uterus stretching under the strain of a growing baby. It’s more common during the second trimester, so now might be the time when you experience this feeling.
Breast Changes – Thankfully, you will likely feel less of the tingling and tenderness that you experienced during the first trimester. Though, your breasts will continue to change in the second trimester.
More than anything, they’ll simply grow and become heavier. If your areola (the area surrounding your nipples) haven’t already darkened, they might darken this trimester.
Also, it’s not uncommon for the veins in your breasts to become more visible.
Hopefully, those notorious first trimester nausea symptoms have made their grand exit from your life.
Like mothers of single babies, your pelvis is feeling unquestionably crowded these days. There’s a good chance that you might be experiencing some shortness of breath.
Because your lungs have less space to expand, you might be huffing and puffing more than usual nowadays. Nothing to worry about, mama!