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41 Weeks Pregnant

Do not panic if the 41st week of pregnancy is coming and there are no signs of childbirth. Perhaps a mistake was made when calculating the timing, or the baby is simply not yet ready for publication. You can consult with your doctor for further reassurance. He will give an objective assessment of your situation.

Absolutely everything is ready for childbirth. The child is well strengthened and gained weight. All his internal organs are formed and life support systems work. The baby should be in the face presentation. This is the correct position before childbirth when the head is down. The mother’s body is also ready for the upcoming birth. The pelvic bones parted and the cervix softened.

41 Weeks Baby Development

The growth parameters of the baby at the 41st week remain practically unchanged. Now all internal processes are aimed at the upcoming delivery.

The baby will continue to grow while he is inside the mother. Growth rates have been reduced, but this does not mean that they have stopped. The child accumulates subcutaneous fat and increases its size within moderate limits.

It's The Size of Watermelon

A baby at 41 weeks is the size of a watermelon by key indicators. He is cramped inside his mother, but he will come out when the birth process starts.

It is believed that the child himself determines his readiness for this.

Water melon

How Heavy is it? 7.85 Lb or 3.5 Kg

The weight of the baby at the 41st week is 3.5–3.8 kg and there is almost no change from previous week.

These figures may vary. According to our research healthy baby is within 25% from our average.

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Your Baby is 20.4 inch or 52 cm

The growth of a child at birth is 52 cm or somewhere around 20.5 inches. It all depends on the date of birth, genetics, and nutrition of the mother.

Height from crown to heel is averaged by Raising Tot.

Lenght week 41

There are final processes before childbirth. The baby grows stronger, gains subcutaneous fat, and calcifies the skeleton. The child took his position, grouped, and directed towards the birth canal. The head is close to the pelvis. The bones of the skull are malleable to deformation to overcome the path as traumatically as possible.

The arms of the child are bent and pressed to the chest. The legs are attached to the body and the knees to the chin. This position indicates the complete readiness of the baby to leave the mother’s womb.

All systems operate at a pre-launch position for functioning in the external environment. There is an accumulation of hormones that will start the process of childbirth. There is very little left before meeting with the child.

Development of the child at the 41st week:

Adrenals – This important body has been formed and is now performing its main task. It produces norepinephrine and adrenaline. These hormones help the baby’s body adapt to the stress of birth.

CNSThe work of the central nervous system becomes more resistant to oxygen starvation – hypoxia. This is due to the release of adrenaline and norepinephrine.

Blood circulationThe baby’s heart rate accelerates before childbirth. There is an increase in blood sugar levels. The release of hormones provokes an intense flow of blood from the heart and brain to the periphery. This centralizes blood circulation.

Digestive systemThe intestine makes active contractions distilling meconium into the lower sections. The exit of the original feces should normally occur after birth. The stomach has acid and the pancreas has all the necessary enzymes.

LungsAlveoli are formed. Enough surfactant had accumulated to prevent them from sticking together at birth. The lungs will expand and begin their extrauterine functioning after the first breath.

Placenta – The state of the placenta is now on the verge of aging. She can no longer perform her functions. Its walls have become thinner and the vessels cease to function. The highest degree of maturity has been reached.

41 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

There should already be the main precursors of childbirth in the norm at 41 weeks. A woman in rare cases can carry a baby up to the 42nd week. This is permissible only in the normal state of the placenta. The process should be under the strict supervision of a doctor. Labor induction is allowed if necessary.

Any neutral symptoms at this time are only an imperceptible background. The woman is completely immersed in thoughts about the upcoming birth.

Bloody show Small streaks of blood are acceptable in the last stages of pregnancy. Sometimes spotting may appear after examination on the gynecological chair. This is a sign that the capillaries have burst. All this is not out of the norm.

Abundant bleeding before childbirth can be a bad sign. This indicates placental abruption. Immediate medical attention is required.

Frequent urination The increased urge to urinate is caused by the strong pressure of the uterus on the bladder. The woman begins to constantly go to the toilet. It is impossible to hold back urine because it will lead to inflammatory processes.

Sometimes frequent urination can have psychological causes. I want to go to the toilet much more often than usual with stress and excitement.

Pelvic pain These pains can be different: acute, short-term, long, and aching. Now the child is grouped and directed head down. It presses on the pelvic bones. They are malleable to divergence and pain of various etiologies may occur.

Lightning-like pains pierce the lower abdomen with a sharp discharge, going to the legs. These are short-term pains. Aching and pressing last longer.

Braxton hicks contractions False contractions are possible at the 41st week only if the main processes of delivery have not yet begun. It is worth paying attention to the signs because it is easy to confuse Braxton-Hicks contractions with real ones.

Training contractions will not be accompanied by the discharge of water and the opening of the cervix. They are irregular, short-term, and not painful. The interval between them will be several hours and not 10-15 minutes.

Stress A woman experiences severe stress on the eve of childbirth. She is worried about the outcome, possible problems, and potential complications. Increased anxiety can be caused by the fact that childbirth does not begin in any way.

Hormonal surges can also be the cause of stress. Panic sets in suddenly and can worsen if self-soothing techniques are not applied. A woman before childbirth becomes a little angry, quick-tempered, and nervous. These are all results of stress.

Baby kicking The activity of the baby decreases before childbirth. His main task now is to overcome the birth canal. There is very little space left in the womb. The size of the baby is large enough and the movements are limited.

A woman may be a little alert for the low activity of the fetus. His kicks become less noticeable. It is worth consulting a doctor if the baby has become more active than ever before. Perhaps the baby feels bad inside and needs to think about stimulating labor.

All Pregnancy Symptoms     

Any symptoms can signal the start of the labor process after the 40th week. It is worth paying special attention to your well-being and all possible manifestations. Carefully monitor the nature of the discharge. They should not be liquid, bloody, or green.

Do not wait for contractions after the amniotic fluid breaks and immediately call an ambulance or go to the hospital on your own.

“Prepare yourself mentally for the fact that you are at the stage of childbirth and will meet your baby very soon.”

41 Weeks Pregnant 3D Image

Ultrasound at this time is prescribed infrequently. There is no reason for examination if the woman feels normal, there is no severe swelling or pressure, and the heartbeat is normal. Ultrasound may be prescribed if monitoring of the condition of the placenta or the baby is required.

Sizes of long bones

Femur 70–80 mm

Humerus 62–72 mm

Forearm bones 54–62 mm

The lower leg bones 61–71 mm

Control of the placenta

The examination will reveal the presence of structural changes in the placenta, the appearance of formations, and the degree of thinning and maturity. This will give an objective assessment of whether it is worth resorting to labor induction.

3D Image

3D ultrasound at this time may be needed to assess the condition of the amniotic fluid. It is often used to monitor the baby’s readiness for childbirth, and to identify possible pathologies, hypoxia, and other things.

The question of the need for a three-dimensional method disappears if the woman is already in the maternity hospital for preliminary hospitalization. It will most likely be mandatory.

41 week pregnancy ultrasound

Ultrasound observation in 3D format is an occasion to once again see the baby in a more accessible and understandable form. You can watch the movements of the child in real-time, as he rubs his eyes, yawns, or sucks his thumb.

Your Body

It is worth carefully monitoring changes in the body before childbirth. For example, severe swelling may indicate placental abruption. This is also preceded by high blood pressure and impaired kidney function.

The abdomen drops before childbirth. It makes life difficult for women. There is a strong load on the pelvic bones. They diverge under the influence of hormones and strong fetal pressure. A large number of stretch marks appear, especially if the fetus is large and the stomach is huge. The hips expand, and the chest fills and grows in size.

Legs swell, thickening in the ankles and feet. Posture worsens due to the increased load on the spine. The gait becomes smooth and clumsy. There is increased growth of nails and hair, as well as an improvement in their condition. Pigment spots may appear on the face, as the skin is highly vulnerable to sunlight.

Belly size & Health Conditions

The circumference of the abdomen at the 41st week can reach 100 cm. These indicators are always individual and depend on the woman’s nutrition, her initial parameters, and the number of children inside.

The belly at this time is most often already very large. It will be so huge that a woman can practically not move during multiple pregnancy. The skin will be covered with stretch marks and blood vessels. The navel strongly protrudes outward and becomes large.

The state of health of a woman at this time will depend on the course of pregnancy. Everything remains within the normal range if there are no problems with pressure, pain, and toxic manifestations. The well-being of a pregnant woman before childbirth is always different. Someone is very panicked and nervous, while someone is cheerful and calm.

Contractions begin shortly after the amniotic fluid breaks. Their intensity is a very subjective moment. For some, they are strong, and for some, they are completely absent, which requires stimulation.

41 Weeks is How Many Months?

Now the 41st week from the moment of the alleged conception, if we talk about the embryonic period. This corresponds to 10 months and 1 week of pregnancy.

Childbirth will be those that occurred before the 40th week according to such calculations. Childbirth is considered to be late from the 41st week. This does not mean that everything is bad. It just happens to a few percent of women. The date of birth may not coincide with the pre-set dates of the gynecologist. Sometimes miscalculations are made.

Future Mom Tips and Highlights

The time for childbirth is almost here. Now it is important not to miss the moment when you should go to the hospital. All preliminary preparation of the organism of the mother and child has been completed. It remains the case for a small but very difficult stage.

Tips from Raising Tot for 41st week of pregnancy:

Don’t panicThere is nothing to worry about if the birth has not yet begun. There is still time to wait for favorable indicators. The baby will be born and everything will be fine with him.

Don’t be aloneSomeone should always be by your side. Contractions may start and you will need help. Let the husband postpone all travel and work. Now it is important to get to the hospital on time.

Act according to the situationYou should not wait for the first contractions if the amniotic fluid has departed. Go straight to the hospital to see your doctor. You can ask for hospitalization in advance, especially if you are giving birth, not for the first time. The second and subsequent births are very rapid.

Don’t eat too muchTry to eat in moderation. The intestines and stomach must be empty before delivery. It is better to give preference to quickly digestible products. Don’t pass overnight. Most births happen at night.

Help with contractionsTry to help yourself when the contractions have already begun. Use breathing techniques, take a comfortable position, and use a lumbar massage and a fitball. Your birth partner may always be near.

Listen to your doctor’s adviceIt is worth listening as much as possible to what doctors say during childbirth. They will teach you how to breathe, push and stay calm. This will make the task easier and the birth will go smoothly.


Maintain emotional stability. Be mentally prepared for the fact that it will be difficult even if you have a C-section. Set yourself up for the positive. Prepare in advance all the necessary documents and a bag for the hospital. Consider a private room and good helpers for the home and maternity ward.

Important Checklist

  • Don’t pass especially at bedtime
  • Watch closely for symptoms
  • Do not wait for the first contractions and immediately rush to the hospital
  • Use self-help techniques for contractions
  • Stay positive and optimistic

You will most likely give birth at 41 weeks. You will be given to hold the baby in your arms and put it on your chest. The long-awaited meeting will take place and you will be overwhelmed with happiness. The pain will subside and soon you will forget how difficult it was. Children are undeniable happiness and magic.

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