- Dry, loose, peeling skin,
- Overgrown nails
- Large amount of hair on head
- Less fat on the body
- Green, brown, or yellow skin coloring
Your Doctor Visits
What should I tell my doctor?
At week 41 of pregnancy baby development, your doctor may check the baby’s size, heart rate, position, and movements.
You and your doctor may also decide on labor induction. Labor induction has been reported to be associated with a 67% lower risk of infant death. In hospitals with labor induction policies, babies are 12% less likely to end up in neonatal intensive care.
To ripen or dilate the cervix for induced labor, you may be prescribed medication. Your cervix may also be manually dilated through a device that is similar to a tube with a balloon at the end, that rests inside the cervix. You may also be given hormonal medication to cause your uterus to contract, pushing you to go into labor. Your doctor may also break open the amniotic sac using a thin plastic hook.
What tests should I know about?
A membrane sweep through an internal vaginal examination may be something that can be done during week 41 of pregnancy baby development.
This is done when the doctor sweeps their finger inside you in order to separate the cervix from the membranes surrounding your baby. This stimulates the hormones that induce labor. While it works immediately for some women, others require a few more sweeps prior to actually giving birth.
You may also be given:
- Fetal heart rate monitoring (nonstress test)
- Amniotic fluid volume assessment
- Biophysical profile (a combination of nonstress test and fetal ultrasound)
Health and Safety
What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?
Week 41 of pregnancy baby development is coming to an end. Observe your pregnancy and keep in constant contact with your medical provider. Your doctor may either suggest waiting for the baby to come naturally, or induce labor. Either way, the wait will soon be over, and it won’t be long until your meet your tiny passenger face to face.