41 weeks of pregnancy - this is the tenth month or the third trimester.
What to Expect at 41 Weeks Pregnant
The skin of the child has fully cleansed of the protective vernix, only the most delicate areas such as the armpits and pelvic area are still covered with the vernix. The internal organs function as the adults’ organs. The baby puts on 30 grams (1 ounce) every day as his fat tissues are constantly growing. Over time, the placenta weakens and the mother’s blood can be mixed to the baby’s blood. This is favorable for the baby’s immune system, as it is growing stronger.
The hair is constantly growing, which means that a child born between the 41 and the 42 weeks will have long hair. Because the baby is almost motionless, the mother may panic and think that something has gone wrong. It’s normal, as the baby has no place to move actively.
The woman should get ready for the maternity hospital. Pack all the necessary things, discuss all the details with your loved ones and learn more about staying at the maternity hospital. You also need to master the breathing technique, which is used during the birth. Don’t be afraid, it’s normal to bear the baby for 41 weeks, especially for the first pregnancy.
Make an ultrasound scan, an aging placenta may be not providing the baby with all the necessary for development and nutrition substances, that’s one of the reasons for such a long pregnancy. The doctor will support you and tell everything you need to know about the delivery. You might have mix feelings now as well as be frightened.
What is Happening With the Baby (Fetus)
Being at the 41th week of pregnancy is likely to mean that the delivery term was miscalculated. Only a small percentage of women give birth on the date appointed by the doctor. However, at the 41th week the baby is fully prepared to see the light. His organs are already formed and function normally.
The stomach is ready to digest food, the lungs are looking forward for the first portion of air, and all other organs are functioning perfectly. The nervous system is still under development, but it will be totally formed only after the baby’s birth. The fetus at the latter stages of pregnancy looks exactly like a newborn baby. The accumulated fat makes the baby’s skin smooth and pink.
The lanugo hair has disappeared, but the vernix still covers the skin folds. Nails and hair are actively growing. Long nails in the newborn baby are quite common. You need to cut them in order to prevent the baby from scratching himself. At the 41th week, the baby is less active, and the movements have weakened, but there should be 10 kicks in half an hour. The baby is constantly growing and putting on weight. Born at the 41th week, the baby may weigh more than 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds) and be more than 52cm (20 inches) long.
As the baby has lowered and is putting pressure on the bottom of the belly, you may experience pains in the perineum, back and legs as well as find it difficult to walk. These symptoms are harbingers of birth. To be born, the baby takes the necessary position. The function of the placenta at the 41th week have slightly changed, it cannot fully supply the baby with all the necessary substances.
Nevertheless, there exceptional cases, when the placenta provides the baby with all the necessary up to the delivery. There are no reasons to be worried; the baby born at the 42nd week is not considered post term. Even more so, if the tests show that the pulse and utero-placental exchange are ok.
41 Weeks Pregnant Belly Pictures
What to Do at 41 Weeks Pregnancy
Once you have packed your bags and documents, informed your relatives, you’d better to rest. Once the baby born, you won’t have enough rest. You can walk around, eat something tasty, you may even have a glass of wine, as if you breastfeed, you choice of drinks and food will be limited. You may have sex with your husband, as after the birth it will be prohibited for some time. All the more so, the sex is likely to trigger the delivery. Speak to your baby, as he hears and understands you, may be you will talk him into come into the world.
You can devote the rest of the spare time to learning some useful information. You will detect the harbingers of birth if you listen carefully to your body. The belly has lowered and bloated, the heartburn has passed. However the pains in lumbus, legs and perineum have replaced it, it’s harder to sleep, in some cases appears insomnia. The mood is changeable; you don’t have appetite, or conversely, are constantly hungry. Frequent peeing is also the harbinger of birth, as the baby is pressing the bladder very hard. The discharge of the mucus plug, the breakage of waters, contractions are marking the beginning of the delivery. Always keep track of your discharge.
41 Weeks Ultrasound Pictures
The Plug and Discharge
If the plug discharges at the 41th week of pregnancy, it’s normal. It also marks the beginning of the delivery. In most cases, the plug comes out in parts, it looks like thick, whitish or yellowish mucous masses. The harbinger of birth is blood in the mucus plug. Immediately go to the hospital if after the mucus plug is discharged, and the bleeding has begun. If the plug has come out, it is no longer possible to have sex or take a bath, as there is a risk of infecting the baby. The plug discharge is not always visible, it may occur while peeing or the water breakage.
At the 41th week of pregnancy, it’s normal to have not only mucous discharge. For example, watery discharge means that the amniotic fluid leaks. The amniotic fluid may leak in small portions. They are bright and odorless. If the child is experiencing hypoxia, the fluid may contain meconium. Meconium is the first feces; it makes the fluid greenish or brownish. If you see this water color, go to the hospital immediately, otherwise the baby may swallow liquid, which will harm his health. If the waters flood and there is no blood discharge, it’s high time to go to the hospital.
Delivery at 41 Weeks Pregnancy
If 9 months are gone, but the baby has not still made up his mind to see the light, should I panic? The delivery is yet to come, that is all? The 42th week delivery is considered post-term, but still there is some time left. The delivery at the 41th week is the same as the 39th and 40th week delivery, it is term, and the baby is not post mature. Once the contractions start, you feel pain and load in the belly’s bottom, the contractions are growing stronger, and the time to give birth has come. When the interval between contractions will be about 10 minutes, you should go to the hospital. Don't be nervous and don't panic. Every mother must go through it.
Focus on what is happening. The process and the result fully depend on your attitude. First of all, breathe properly. Rapid breathing won’t ease the pain. Don’t rush to breathe in when the contraction starts, breathe out when the pain is gone. Breathe slowly. During contractions you can stand, or walk up and down the ward, or sit on a special ball, performing circular movements with your pelvis. You cannot lie or sit, as roughly speaking, you sit on the head of your own child. Follow the instructions of the medical stuff and listen to your own feelings.
When you are told to push, apply all your forces to help your baby to move down the generic ways. You should listen to the medical stuff in order to avoid unpleasant delivery consequences, such as ruptures, which will bring you additional discomfort. In between the contractions and pushing, try to relax and gather forces for the following contractions and pushes. Think about your baby who will appear soon and remember that you do it for him. According to the scientific research, the pain experienced by the woman during the birth is equal to 57 del. although in general people can withstand only 45 del. This pain is compared to getting 20 bones fractured at a time. However, the woman who gives birth, feels it differently, the body provides her protection from pain shock.
Don't worry and don't be nervous more than you are able to withstand. Restore your forces during breaks to make the birth process pass quickly. It’s not worth crying, as when you cry you don’t breathe and it may harm the baby. After the breakage of water, the baby needs only oxygen and calm. The baby feels the same as his mom does. To make the birth processes go faster, and to make it as comfortable for the baby as possible, take care of the baby and your own state. After the head has appeared, it’s practically done, as the body will take less time to appear.
As soon as the baby makes it first breath and starts crying, it will be put to your breasts. It’s very important to put the baby to the breasts. They don’t secrete milk yet, but the first milk (colostrum) is the most essential product in the early days of the baby's life. Giving birth to a baby is accompanied with different inconveniences throughout the pregnancy as well during the delivery; however, the baby brings a lot of happiness and joy to his parents’ life. It is worth all pain and long and hazardous period of pregnancy. The woman forgets about all the inconveniences, when she holds her baby in the arms.