What To Expect When You’re 41 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a pumpkin!
In The Guide
Week 27 is the last week of your second trimester as the third trimester officially starts at week 28. Congrats on making it this far!
Your baby’s brain is very active now, and he/she is starting to express some personality through movements, schedule, and habits.
Let’s see what this week holds for you!
About the size of a cauliflower, your baby is now weighing nearly 2 pounds and is about 14 1/2 inches from head-to-feet.
Birth Plan – It would be great if everything in life were to go according to plan. The funny thing about life (and sometimes pregnancy) is that it doesn’t often do that.
Still, making a plan establishes what’s important to you and allows others the chance to respect your goals. A birth plan does the same thing, but it obviously hones in on the chore of giving birth. It’s true that it might not go as planned, but then again, it just might.
It’s always a good idea to figure out what you want for yourself, so even if the plan has to be altered, medical staff might still be able to follow through with a portion of your plan. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a tool for that.
Doula – Whether or not you’re going to have your partner attend your baby’s birth or not, you might want to consider the possibility of hiring a doula.
A doula is simply a person (usually female) who is professionally trained to assist in childbirth. She provides support in many ways that help you to have the type of birth you want.
She doesn’t take the place of your partner, but she does provide additional support for you and your partner. Most doulas are incredible at communicating with medical staff to make sure that they are complying with the mother’s wishes.
Plus, a doula decreases the risk of a cesarean by as much as 60%.
Noise Machine – Sleeping can be difficult during pregnancy. So difficult, in fact, that expecting moms usually welcome any safe way to help them drift off to sleep and stay asleep.
During pregnancy, women can often become hyper-vigilant, per se. What this means is that every little noise might disrupt your sleep. A noise machine can create a sort of “noise cocoon” to block out any distracting sounds.
Not only does this help you to get to sleep faster, but it also helps you to stay asleep.
You are officially six months and one week pregnant, mama!
As mentioned before, this week is the last week of your second trimester.
So, be proud of yourself that you’ve made it this far. You’re doing great!
Your baby has probably already settled into a sleeping schedule. You might even be familiar with this schedule, too.
Your baby is opening and closing his/her eyes regularly and probably sucking on those tiny fingers, too.
Although your baby really would be safer to continue to grow and develop in your uterus, should you give birth now, there’s is a strong chance of survival with the help of medical intervention.
The growth of your belly is pretty much full-throttle at this point. Your baby is working hard to pack on the pounds and fill out all that wrinkly skin.
You might be feeling pressure in different places on the inside. The hardest, bulkiest part of your baby is his/her head, so your pressure is likely dependent on its placement.
Babies obviously don’t know (or care) what is and what isn’t comfortable for you, so if you feel uncomfortable, try moving or changing positions. This will often encourage baby to move, as well.
Forgetfulness – Nothing can convince a pregnant woman that “pregnancy brain” isn’t a real thing.
The further along you get in your pregnancy, the better you become at coping with this “momnesia” condition. Being forgetful can be frustrating, but mostly it’s just another common pregnancy symptom.
Another common symptom towards the end of your pregnancy is just plain feeling tired. This can compound the forgetfulness you’re already dealing with. To battle both, just rely on note-making, digital reminders, and support from your friends and family.
Braxton Hicks Contractions – You’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions from early on in your pregnancy, but you just didn’t feel them.
The further along you get in your pregnancy, the more likely you will start to feel these types of contractions. They are short-lived and will stop if you change positions.
Here’s what Braxton Hicks contractions feel like. They’re nothing to worry about. However, it is important to know the difference between early labor and Braxton Hicks contractions.
Sleeping Discomfort – The more your belly grows, the more difficult it will become to get comfortable when you lay down to sleep.
After all, your belly might be causing you discomfort, your lungs can’t fully expand to take those deep relaxing breaths, and your legs might be cramping.
In looking for ways to get better sleep, remember to change positions as much as you need, eat small meals during the day, and wear supportive clothing both day and night. Also, look into pregnancy pillows, which can offer a huge relief in supporting your pregnant belly at night.
Averaging two pounds each, your babies are crowding you out. And, fast!
Your bladder might be feeling a little pressured lately. It’s not uncommon to pee a little when you sneeze, cough, or laugh.
Because of the increased vaginal discharge, you might already be sporting a panty liner, so you’re covered anyway.