Week by week pregnancy guide: You and your baby at Week 42

This is it, mum! By the end of this week, you will meet and get to hold the little one who has been developing in your uterus all these months.

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How Big is Your Baby?

Your Baby's Development

In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:

  • Upon delivery, your baby will probably have dry, cracked, peeling, or wrinkled skin. This is temporary, and is a result of the shedding of the protective wax covering (vernix) weeks ago in anticipation for delivery.
  • He might also have longer nails and hair, and be more alert.

Pregnancy Symptoms

  • You will continue to experience frequent urination, pelvic pains, nesting instincts, haemorrhages, and diarrhoea.
  • If you are among the two percent of women who are truly overdue, take comfort in knowing that before this week is done, your baby will be born. This time next week, your family will be one small bundle of joy larger.

Pregnancy Care

  • Continue to watch for signs of impending labour. One pre-labour sign is loose bowel movements. This is nature’s way of clearing your intestines to make room for the baby’s passage through the birth canal.
  • If your contractions are strong—if they last at least 45 seconds and are coming more often than every 5 minutes—your baby is likely to be on the way within a few hours!

Your Checklist

  • Take comfort in the fact that you will get to meet your little one soon!

Your previous week: 41 weeks pregnant

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