What To Expect When You’re 41 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a pumpkin!
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As you head into week 25, you might be feeling baby moving more and more inside of your uterus. Feeling these sweet movements often help mamas connect with their growing baby.
Aside from baby movements, let’s see what else this week has in store for you!
Your baby is about the weight of a rutabaga, which is 1 1/2 pounds. Length-wise, he/she is starting to stretch out with an impressive 13 1/2 inches from head-to-feet.
Keep in mind that these measurements are all just averages. We are each unique individuals, including your baby, so averages only serve as an estimate.
Cold Packs – A condition called edema or swelling is typical during pregnancy. This condition usually affects your hands and feet.
You will feel better if you rest often (with your feet elevated), wear loose-fitting clothing, and exercise to keep your blood circulating.
Also, many women recommend putting a cold pack on the swollen areas to relieve swelling.
Depression – Depression is often mistaken for just feelings of sadness. Though, it’s so much more than simply being sad.
Depression can cause you to feel hopeless, worthless, and to lose interest in things you used to love.
Women who struggled with depression before pregnancy might find that the influx of hormones causes all those feeling to come back full force.
And further still, many women feel ashamed that they’re feeling anything less than overwhelming joy during pregnancy.
Remember that no one chooses to experience depression. It’s a physical condition, so please reach out to your doctor and describe what you’re feeling.
Eating Out – Just like before pregnancy, there are going to be times when you go out to eat for a meal. While this can be a nice break from the kitchen, it can get tricky to know how to eat well when eating out.
Remember that just because you’re at a restaurant doesn’t give you a free pass to forgo your pregnancy diet guidelines.
Also, don’t be shy about asking for special requests about how you need your food prepared.
At five months and three weeks pregnant, you are getting very close to closing out the second trimester, mama!
Although you won’t be able to see it, your baby’s blood flow has increased in his/her epidermis and dermis (top layers of skin) so that it reveals a darker shade of pink.
You might see your baby moving, sucking his/her thumb, and even opening and closing his/her mouth to swallow.
These little movements are all just practice for functioning in the big wide world one day soon.
Many women would be perfectly fine if their bellies stopped growing right about this week, and they could give birth to a healthy baby without having to stretch any more.
The reason for this wish is because all those symptoms brought on by the big belly often show up about now. And it’s commonly all at once.
The shortness of breath, backaches, hemorrhoids, and general feeling of uncomfortableness might be wearing you out.
Hang tight, mama! You’re almost to the homestretch.
Week 28 signals the start of your last trimester before giving birth to your little baby.
Sex – Even though your belly is getting bigger your libido could be getting smaller.
Although a few weeks ago you might have experienced a rush of sexuality, that appetite could very well plummet in the coming weeks.
You might be too tired, uncomfortable, or just uninterested. It’s perfectly normal to feel like this.
There are certainly other ways for you to connect with your partner intimately. It’s important to keep the line of communication open and talk to your partner about how you’re feeling.
Baby Jabs – The second trimester is the most popular time for your baby to become a professional swimmer, kung fu master, and star gymnast all over the course of a few weeks.
There’s no question that you’re going to be feeling these movements. Plus, you’ll quickly become familiar with your baby’s routine.
As your baby gets stronger, these innocent little movements will start to feel like minuscule jabs that might take your breath away.
You’ve probably heard of moms talking about the “foot in their rib cage.” Well, this isn’t an exaggeration. If baby’s position or movements are causing you great discomfort, you can always shift your position to encourage a change in your baby’s behavior.
Talk to your doctor if it’s especially bothersome or painful.
Tired – The bigger your belly gets, the harder pregnancy feels to your body. Plus, your growing baby is putting more and more demands on you.
It’s only natural that you feel tired. In addition to all the physical requirements of pregnancy, you’re probably going 100 miles an hour preparing your family, house, pets, everything for the new arrival.
Remember to rest often. Even with a lengthy to-do list, it’s better to be a healthy mama than an unhealthy and worn out one.
Although your babies are floating around inside of you very comfortably, you might feel the exact opposite of comfort.
Things like heartburn, hemorrhoids, constipation, and even issues with bladder control might be driving you up the wall. And for good reason, too!
Please know that you’re nearing the home stretch and these annoying and uncomfortable symptoms won’t last forever. Steady on, mama!