What To Expect When You’re 41 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a pumpkin!
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Week 28 is the first official week of your third trimester. You have been chugging along on this pregnancy train for two trimesters, and now the final leg of your pregnancy journey has begun.
Let’s dive right into the happenings of this exciting week!
Your baby is measuring about 14.8 inches from head-to-feet and weighs 2 1/4 pounds, which is roughly the size of an eggplant.
Pets – If you have pets in your house then it’s time to start preparing them for baby.
Although pets can often sense that you’re pregnant, they don’t often understand what that means. It’s a good idea to expose them to other babies, enroll them in obedience training, and start setting new boundaries in the house.
For more tips on how to prepare your pet, check this out.
Breastfeeding Class – Although you’re not yet holding a hungry baby in your arms, now is an excellent time to enroll in a breastfeeding class if you’re planning to breastfeed your baby.
Even if you’re not sure what you want to do, you can learn about your options. A class can help you understand how it all works and teach you how to troubleshoot any problems you’re having.
Prenatal Massage – Because you are probably feeling achy all over, there’s no reason why you can’t go find some relief in the form of a prenatal massage.
However, you can’t just walk into a massage parlor and plop down on any masseuse’s table. It’s important to make sure your masseuse is trained in prenatal massage and that you communicate how you’re feeling to him/her.
Finding a prenatal masseuse is as simple as researching your area and checking out the qualifications.
At 28 weeks, you are now six months and two weeks pregnant.
This week is the official start of your third trimester, which is the last leg of your pregnancy journey. Congrats, mama!
Your baby is now sporting adorable eyelashes and can bat his/her eyes at the light entering your uterus through the skin.
This week, your baby’s focus is on nurturing more brain cell production and putting a little more fat on his/her tiny body.
From this week on, you’ll likely see your doctor every two weeks.
More than your belly, you’ll probably be experiencing a strange and restless sensation in your legs when you are trying to rest or sleep.
This doesn’t mean that you have Restless Leg Syndrome, per se. More than likely, this is just another pregnancy symptom that will disappear once you deliver.
Baby Hiccups – By now, you’ve probably become familiar with your baby’s kicks, jabs, and movements. Though sooner or later your baby will get a case of the hiccups, too.
These are nothing more than a tiny version of adult hiccups, but with amniotic fluid rushing through your baby’s diaphragm rather than air as in the adult version.
Most moms say that it’s one of the funniest and most enjoyable movements that they feel.
Leg Cramps – Many expecting moms complain of a “Charlie horse-like” sensation in their calves during pregnancy. Most of the time, it happens when you are trying to sleep or rest.
There is no real explanation for leg cramps during pregnancy other than your body is undergoing a huge transition bringing baby into the world.
The best way to battle leg cramps is simply to point and flex your toe or to stand on a cold surface.
Pelvic Pressure – It seems only natural that you will feel pelvic pressure since there is so much happening in your pelvic area.
For starters, there’s a growing baby swimming around in there.
The placement of your baby’s head alone might be enough for you to feel some pressure. Although experiencing pelvic pressure is usually more common during the last few weeks of pregnancy, you might feel it now and then before that time.
It’s important to know the difference between pain and pressure. Feeling pelvic pain is a reason to call your doctor. Feeling pelvic pressure is a reason to stop and rest.
It can be surprising how much space a tiny baby can take up. But, of course, you have more than that. And considering that you’re just one small human, you’re doing this like a champ, mama!
One thing you might be struggling with now is breathing. Your babies are crowding out so many organs that it can be hard to keep track of them all.
Still, you can undoubtedly feel the space for your inhalations quickly decreasing. When your lungs can’t expand to their fullest, it can leave you feeling out of breath.