At 41 weeks of gestation, the baby is fully formed and ready to be born, but if he is not yet born, the doctor is likely to advise labor induction to stimulate uterine contractions, up to 42 weeks gestation.
The birth of the baby should happen this week, because after 42 weeks the placenta will be aged and will not be able to supply all the baby’s needs. So if the baby is already 41 weeks old in pregnancy and have no contractions and your belly does not get hard, what you can do is walk for at least 1 hour a day to stimulate contractions.
Thinking about the baby and mentally preparing for childbirth also helps in the development of labor.
Baby development – 41 weeks gestation
All of the baby’s organs are properly formed, but the longer it passes inside the mother’s belly, the more fat it has accumulated and the more defense cells it has received, thus making the immune system stronger.
Baby size at 41 weeks gestation
The baby at 41 weeks of gestation is about 51 cm and weighs an average of 3.5 kg.
Changes in the woman at 41 weeks’ gestation
The woman at 41 weeks’ gestation may become tired and short of breath. The size of her belly may bother her to sit up and go to sleep and sometimes she may think it would be best if the baby was already outside.
Contractions can start at any time and tend to get stronger and more sore. If you want a normal birth, having sex can help speed up labor and as soon as the contractions start, you should note the time and how often they come in to assess the progress of labor.
In some cases before the contractions begin, the pouch may rupture and in this case you should go to the hospital soon to avoid infections.