Week 41 pregnancy symptoms

The time's finally here, you’ll soon be meeting your baby! Even though your due date has arrived there are still some pregnancy symptoms to look out for...

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  • Your pregnant body

    At this stage don't worry if your baby hasn't arrived yet, your baby is only considered overdue at 42 weeks. Only 5% of babies ever arrive on time and most arrive slightly late.

    Sometimes though, your baby may have to be born slightly earlier due to the position of the placenta. Usually the placenta will seperate from the uterus and is delivered after the birth. Placenta abruption is when the placenta begins to tear away from the uterus before the baby is born. Pregnancy symptoms of this would include contractions that don't stop, abdominal pain and sometimes vaginal bleeding.

    Placenta praevia is when the placenta remains below the baby and will block the cervix either partially or fully. Symptoms of this would be either spotting or bleeding.

    Now find out what you should be doing this week...

  • What should you be doing this week?

    If you want to avoid being induced, there are a few things to try to give labour a kick start. Firstly, if you're in the mood, some gentle sex is known to stimulate things - orgasms can get contractions going while semen contains prostaglandins that help to soften your cervix.

    If sex isn't on the menu, the alternative is nipple stimulation, which leads to the release of oxytocin, a hormone that can get contractions going.

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 41 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

    Find out what symptoms you has last week at week 40 of your pregnancy.