What To Expect When You’re 41 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a pumpkin!
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As the third trimester winds down, you’re probably getting tired of all the pregnancy symptoms.
Be comforted in knowing that those who’ve gone before you on this journey were just as annoyed as you by this point. Not too much longer before delivery day is here.
So, let’s dive into the happenings of this week!
At 17.7 inches from head-to-feet and at least 4.7 pounds, your baby is about the size of a large butternut squash.
Contractions – As your body starts getting familiar with the mechanics of birth, you’re probably going to experience Braxton Hicks contractions.
While they can be annoying and happen at the most inconvenient time, they’re harmless. It’s your body’s way of practicing for labor.
They can feel like contractions, but they don’t progress or typically last more than a couple minutes. Changing your position will probably bring them to a halt.
Fiber – At week 34 of pregnancy, it’s normal to be constipated. This only adds to the surmounting discomfort you might already be feeling, but know that this won’t last forever either.
Remember to eat food rich in fiber like broccoli, almonds, pears, and lots of leafy greens.
Taking walks helps to loosen your bowels, as well. And, like always, drink lots of water.
Restroom – If your baby hasn’t descended deeper into your pelvis already then he/she will likely do that soon.
What this new position could mean for you is that you feel like you have to pee all the time.
The lower your baby moves, the more impacted your bladder and bowels. So, it would do you well to stay as close to the restroom as possible as frequent urination is going to happen.
Avoid letting your bladder get too full and be sure to go when you feel like you need to go.
You are officially eight months pregnant, mama!
Inside your uterus, you have a little spy. A little fly on the wall, per se.
Your baby’s senses have been active for a while, so he/she can hear what you’re saying and what those in proximity to you are saying.
Now would be perfect time to sing and read to your baby. Studies have shown that babies remember what they hear during their time in the womb.
If you’re counting kicks, you might notice a change this week. The likely reason is that your baby is running out of space in your uterus.
While he/she is still jabbing, kicking, and trying to do somersaults, there’s just not enough room to get the job done anymore.
What this means is that your baby’s movements will feel slightly less dramatic. This will probably be a welcome relief for those with what feels like a little ninja inside.
Still, continue to monitor your baby’s actions and just know that those actions will feel different based on the more crowded his/her space becomes.
Blurred Vision – It’s not uncommon for expecting moms to have blurry vision during pregnancy, especially the last part.
The reasons behind this symptom could run the gamut. On top of raging hormones, your nerves might be compressed, and you’re probably more tired now than you’ve ever been in your life.
So, consider blurry vision par for the pregnancy course.
Achey Feet – Your feet are taking the brunt of the weight you’ve gained, whether it’s a little or more than you’d like.
Also, they’re trying their best to stay firmly planted on the ground. And, with a big belly constantly gravitating you forward, they have a pretty tough job.
It only makes sense that your tootsies are going to feel achy and tired. It’s a lot of pressure for them.
Remember to rest often by getting off your feet and even elevating them when you have the chance.
Here are a few more soothing tips for your feet.
Tired – The further your pregnancy progresses, the more tired you’re likely to feel.
However, this fatigue is more than your typical pregnancy fatigue. Your body is under a lot of stress making your baby and preparing for birth.
Your mind is likely a whirlwind of thoughts, and you’re still trying your best to keep up with normal life. That’s a lot to put on one person all at once.
So, it’s completely understandable for you to be tired all the time. Just know that this won’t last forever.
Even after your baby is born, you will feel differently than you do right now. You’ll still feel tired, but it won’t be like this.
According to statistics, most twin or multiple pregnancies don’t last past the 37th week.
Of course, this is just another average. But, it’s an average that you may very well be a part of soon.
Right now, you’re just working on keeping those babies in there as long as you can. And, trying to keep yourself as comfortable and healthy as possible.