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Pregnancy Week by Week

There are 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period to your due date. This is used because not all women have a perfect cycle. There are roughly 38 weeks from conception to your due date.  Anything before 37 weeks is considered preterm labor and normal is considered between 38-42 weeks.

41 Weeks Pregnant

By 41 weeks pregnancy, it’s hard not to be anxious when your due date comes and goes and you’re still hugely pregnant (especially when well-meaning family and friends keep calling to check on your status!). But don’t fret — you won’t be pregnant forever. There’s a good chance you’ll go into labor on your own this week, and if you don’t, you’ll be induced by 42 weeks, or earlier if you or your baby has any problems.

40 Weeks Pregnant

By 40 weeks pregnancy, your due date rolls around, and you’re still pregnant. It’s a frustrating, but common, situation in which to find yourself. You may not be as late as you think, especially if you’re relying solely on a due date calculated from the day of your last period because sometimes women ovulate later than expected. Even with reliable dating, some women have prolonged pregnancies for no apparent reason. 

39 Weeks Pregnant

During 39 weeks pregnant, it is common to experience early signs of labor (mild contractions or Braxton-Hicks contractions). If you start to have contractions, you should start timing them. If they come at irregular intervals and do not increase in strength, then they are probably false labor pains. During true labor, you contractions come at regular intervals, getting closer together as time passes, and they will also increase in strength.

38 Weeks Pregnant

Some swelling in your feet and ankles is normal during 38 weeks pregnant, but call your practitioner without delay if you notice excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, any swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, or have a sudden weight gain. Also let her know immediately if have severe or persistent headaches; visual changes (such as double or blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, light sensitivity, or a temporary loss of vision), intense upper abdominal pain or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting.

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