Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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41 Weeks Pregnant

You might not have envisioned yourself ever being 41 weeks pregnant, but rest assured that plenty of moms-to-be go past their due date. Your OB may start to discuss the option of having a labor induction at this point, since babies that go too far past their due date may be at higher risk for problems. Make sure you ask the doc plenty of questions about what’s involved and what the risks are. And know that getting induced does have some positives (like not having to rush to the hospital while in labor!). At week 41, your doctor may also order a nonstress test, to be sure baby’s still doing okay in there. This will probably help both of you make a decision whether or not to induce.

Your baby's the size of a jackfruit!
Because of your baby's extra time in the womb, he'll likely be heavier and more alert at birth than a baby born earlier.

your baby at 41 weeks
  • As you await his arrival, he's plumping up a bit more.
  • And he's growing his hair and nails even longer.

pregnancy symptoms at week 41

your must-do's
your nice-to-do's
  • Take a walk. It's not proven to bring on labor, but it certainly can't hurt!
  • Have sex. For the same reason.

watch: your bump, week 41

Reminder: Medical info on The Bump is FYI only and doesn't replace a visit to a medical professional.