By Pregnancy week 41, your doctor may suggest you for medical induction.
You are nine months and one week pregnant. We understand, now you may be very eager to meet your baby and don’t want to be pregnant anymore. Though your baby has already passed her due date but always remember delivery never happens on exact due date. Babies rarely arrive on their due date. They always pass their due date or born earlier (between weeks 37 and 42). Don’t stress yourself. Remember your baby won’t be staying in the womb forever! You will be a Mom soon.
|Note: May be your baby is not actually over-due. There are chances you might have miscalculated your actual due date as it’s worked out as 280 days after the first day of your last period. However, if your menstrual cycle is normally longer than 28 days, the true date can be different. You might have miscalculated your actual due date due to irregular ovulation or confusion around the exact date of your last period.|
In Pregnancy week 41:
Babies always pass their due date and can be up to two weeks late. She has already taken the birthing position i.e. head-down position by now. As your baby has remained in your womb for more than 9 months, she will be slightly larger if being compared with other new born. You may have chances of having an assisted delivery with forceps or ventouse.
When you will hold your baby for the first time, talk to her a lot so that she can recognize your voice. Remember Moms, she is unfamiliar with the outside environment but familiar with yours and your better half’s voice. And also, at birth she can only focus about an inch away. You will appear little blurry for her. So, she can just get a comfort after listening the known voices.
When your baby will come out from your womb, she will still be curled up in the fetal position as this is the most comfortable and the only known pose since so long for her. Isn’t it will be such a cute thing to notice this? Hold up your patience, Moms! You can expect your delivery anytime soon.
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You may experience the following changes and symptoms during this week of pregnancy:
Your doctor will be calling you for check up and internal examination to check the position of cervix, its dilation, softness and effacement. By now you may have dilated to few centimetres, even if you haven’t had any contractions. Surprised? This is because your baby’s weight is putting pressure on the tissues which is making your cervix ripen or thin. You will be asked to go for the ultrasound for checking breathing and overall movements of baby.
Rush to the hospital immediately if you have:
|Your cervix should be dilated to 10 centimetres, so baby can pass into the birth canal at delivery.|
If you are still not having any sign of labor, please don’t panic at all. It’s just unpredictable and you never know you may go to labor anytime soon.
If you don’t go into labor naturally, then it will be medically induced between one and two weeks overdue, or even sooner if the doctor deem the risk of waiting greater than the risk of delivering your baby immediately.
You can try natural ways too for inducing the labor.
Note: Before using any of the above mentioned methods/ways, kindly consult your doctor. Some of the methods mentioned above have high labor induction, so it shouldn’t be done at home or without proper supervision.
However at this stage, your doctor may recommend a medical induction. But if in your internal check up, the doctor finds no complications and your baby is healthy too, then he may suggest you to wait for another week i.e. 42nd week (known as post-term pregnancy week) for going into labor naturally.
If your doctor suggested you medical induction, then read the following ways that he may adopt for inducing labor.
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Just be Relax! If all other women on this earth can do this, why can’t you? Trust us, when you will see your baby all your pains and worries will fade away.
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