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41 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 41st Week of Pregnancy

It seems like your baby has opted for a late checkout, quite a popular option judging by the numbers. Fewer than five percent of babies are born on their actual due dates — and around 50 percent decide to overstay their welcome in Hotel Uterus, thriving well into the tenth month.

Remember, too, that most of the time an overdue baby isn’t overdue at all — it’s just that the due date was off. That’s okay — there’s still work to be done at 41 weeks pregnant.

So week 40 has come and gone. That’s frustrating to put it mildly, but it’s certainly not unusual. Lots of pregnancies last into week 41, or even 42. The truth is, fewer than 5 percent of babies are born on their due date, and about half of all babies don’t make their debut until well into the 10th month.

But babies can overstay their womb welcome, and after 42 weeks, they are considered postmature. What does that mean? It means a baby’s skin may be temporarily dry, cracked, peeling, loose, or wrinkled because the protective cheesy vernix was shed weeks ago. He may have longer finger and toenails and also longer hair. He’ll have none of the fuzzy lanugo coating, and he may be born more alert. He is older and wiser after all!

Because being postmature could also mean that the placenta is functioning less well and levels of amniotic fluid are dropping, you’ll be closely monitored to make sure that Hotel Uterus is still a welcoming place for your guest. Any indication that it’s not hospitable anymore, and your practitioner will likely recommend labor induction. One thing is for sure: That sweet little bundle of baby is coming any day now.

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Virgil Lowers
Virgil Lowers
4 years ago

It's "labor induction" now? I thought it was "labor inducement".

Sarah naurr
Sarah naurr
4 years ago

am so tired I can't wait anymore

MINAH THE CHAMPION MUSIC
MINAH THE CHAMPION MUSIC
4 years ago

I want my baby out today.

Payton Moosetail
Payton Moosetail
4 years ago

I want my baby in my arms already I'm 40 weeks and 5 days 😕 waiting patiently for her

jordin casey
jordin casey
4 years ago

41 plus 1 day …… still waiting

Chloekaban
Chloekaban
3 years ago

I'm waiting for a video about the 42nd week of pregnancy, although I'm not a mother and not pregnant.

Ivans Sugiarto Gerdyman
Ivans Sugiarto Gerdyman
3 years ago

No 42 weeks video? My wife is afraid if she is going further than 40 weeks. what to do if so happened?

Joel3eonekenol3e
Joel3eonekenol3e
3 years ago

Guess the dry cleaners were closed;-)

alene cruz
alene cruz
3 years ago

im 41weeks and 1days 😭😭

alene cruz
alene cruz
3 years ago

im 41weeks and 1day 😭 still …..

Sew Away
Sew Away
3 years ago

Im only 6 wks lol. But it doesnt hurt to watch this video

Shashi Dhar
Shashi Dhar
3 years ago

The amount of cant wait pregnants in the comment section is too damn high

Pretty Flower
Pretty Flower
3 years ago

I am 41 weeks today, OB scheduled induction for tomorrow because he has measured larger through pregnancy. Wish me luck…

zee matt
zee matt
3 years ago

Im.41.weeks in 2 days.. iv hd enouhh!!! Babys kicks r so painful i cnt even sit its so.uncomfortable.

Erikjason Nazal
Erikjason Nazal
3 years ago

Im 41weeks but i feel my baby still so high and my pelvic is not open yet what should i do?

Jared Fogle
Jared Fogle
2 years ago

why do babies like to stay inside? come on baby get out!

Fellicia Westfield
Fellicia Westfield
2 years ago

40 weeks+ 5 days, I want to see my Lil munchkin 😍. Its getting harder to walk, and I am getting more and more exhausted.

Angelica Day
Angelica Day
2 years ago

Hurry up little one 😭👶🏽

Shania Garcia
Shania Garcia
2 years ago

I'm 41 weeks as of tomorrow and this is my second child both girls my first daughter I was induced at 40+4 and she came on the 40+5 so this baby girl is just cooking a little longer and I'm tired of being pregnant lol

Juju-B Berry
Juju-B Berry
2 years ago

I'm 40 weeks and 2 days pregnant i don't want to get induced i hope she do me a favor and come through now lol everyone is ready to meet her!

jamiee reyes
jamiee reyes
2 years ago

37 weeks don't even wanna make it past 38 🤦🏽‍♀️ I'm so impatient but I want my baby to be healthy and alert so 40 weeks would be great

Prudence Nyasha
Prudence Nyasha
2 years ago

Can’t wait to have that bundle of joy and the painful part is I can’t help but just smile and patiently wait but it’s taking forever..

Duke Lewis
Duke Lewis
1 year ago

My due date pass already going to meet 41 week just now

Idine dhen
Idine dhen
1 year ago

I am 39 weeks and 3 days now but still my cervix is close. what should I do?

Ambreen Tariq
Ambreen Tariq
1 year ago

Week 40day 6 no sign of labor is that all right?

xXLunaXx
xXLunaXx
1 year ago

Im 37 weeks…..my girl better not be this disrespectful lol

Rahnae LovesChocolate
Rahnae LovesChocolate
1 year ago

I'm 40 weeks and 2 days. Im so ready for her to get out

Jodi Budd
Jodi Budd
1 year ago

I'll be 40 weeks this coming Thursday had my other two baby's a week early…any time now.

Jessalyn Ramirez
Jessalyn Ramirez
1 year ago

Im so, worried im 40 weeks and 4 days now 🙁 i want my baby come out

Melanie V
Melanie V
1 year ago

I am only 33 weeks lol but hoping this does not happen to me

Patrice Adrienne
Patrice Adrienne
1 year ago

I’m 41 weeks and ready to fight everybody rn. This is insane and my child is enormous.

miracle samuel
miracle samuel
1 year ago

Am 41weeks now feels like have been pregnant a whole year . Lol can't wait 🥰

Human worlwide
Human worlwide
1 year ago

M 38 week pregnant my due date is aftr 5 days n doc.wants to induce labor pain😧how come my baby is not safe acc to her to wait for 1 day only

Cassie Linn
Cassie Linn
11 months ago

My daughter had a hairy back:)

Kazzy and Decchan
Kazzy and Decchan
10 months ago

These "what do I do" comments, though 🙄 How about talk to your doctor instead of seeking advice on your vulnerable baby from a YouTube comments section? If you're stuck with a doctor you don't trust, ask for a second opinion from another doctor/midwife. Most of us here are not qualified to give such advice.

Jennifer Cordova
Jennifer Cordova
9 months ago

40 weeks and 3 days now, no signs of labor

Selena H
Selena H
9 months ago

40 weeks today Contractions on and off and I've drank Raspberry leaf tea for weeks now and ate pineapples, walked alot, stayed relaxed and on my toes and nothing absolutely nothing🤦🏽🙄

Vicky Tirlanyuy
Vicky Tirlanyuy
9 months ago

I'm 41 weeks 5 days today. Been doing squats, lots of walking and eating pineapples since I was 38 weeks but nothing seems to be working. I'll be induced in 3 days at exactly 42 weeks. I really hope and pray I go into labour naturally before then. Feel like I've been pregnant the whole year. Lol

HelloItsVictoria
HelloItsVictoria
7 months ago

40 weeks . July 13th my due date

Wasakahaw Mikisu Iskwew
Wasakahaw Mikisu Iskwew
6 months ago

I'm 41 weeks… sooooooo done!!!

Sahera Parvin
Sahera Parvin
5 months ago

40 weeks and 6 days can't wait for baby girl

Natasha Letourneau
Natasha Letourneau
5 months ago

Only 40.3 weeks but figure I’ll make it to 41 weeks 😭

Natasha Letourneau
Natasha Letourneau
5 months ago

Why’d she talk so much about 42 weeks

Tasnuva Shamarukh Proma
Tasnuva Shamarukh Proma
5 months ago

40 weeks 4days…can't wait anymore 😥

Hana Alvarez
Hana Alvarez
4 months ago

Im 40 weeks now but still waiting . People asking me when it come out ,and i feel strss

Elizabeth Kwaw
Elizabeth Kwaw
4 months ago

Am 41weeks
No signs of labor please why?

Sheyadi
Sheyadi
4 months ago

40 weeks and 6 days today. Getting induced today. Mannn it's been a longgg journey!

Sierra Aspen
Sierra Aspen
3 months ago

40w6d and I thought she was coming this morning but then everything stopped. Ugh. Just come out please…..

Lady Pale Rider
Lady Pale Rider
2 months ago

I'm 41 weeks and 3 days with no signs of labor yet

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