42 gestational week
42 gestational week corresponds to the 10th month of pregnancy. Few women manage to carry a baby in their womb for such a long time. According to some statistics, it is about 10% of cases. If you are among them, don’t be scared.
Pregnancy is not yet defined as carried. Second, it is indeed possible that there is an error in the calculation of the term.
One of the reasons why pregnancy can last forty-two weeks is insufficient amniotic fluid. There may also be disorders in the environment or the baby’s body. For example, dryness of his skin, irregularly shaped bones of the skull, cloudy waters, etc. It is possible that there is a problem with the cervix.
Another prerequisite is a first pregnancy at a relatively advanced age – 30 years.
At this stage of pregnancy, it is allowed to stimulate the uterus to start childbirth. Consult a doctor.
Fetal size and development at 42 weeks gestation
- Height – 52 – 54 cm.
- Weight – 3.5 kg or more.
- Head circumference – over 34.4 cm.
- Abdominal circumference – over 36.7 cm.
Your future child is already 52-54 cm tall. Its weight is over 3500 grams. It continues to grow despite the deficiency of nutrients that the placenta is finding it increasingly difficult to supply. The good news is that the weight is not increasing as rapidly as before.
What does a pregnant woman feel during the forty-second gestational week?
At this stage of pregnancy, the attention and care from the supervising gynecologist is great. This is due to the fact that the transfer of the fetus can negatively affect its health. And not only – the health of the mother is also at risk.
Do not expect the onset of labor in a passive state. Be active and apply various tried and tested methods to stimulate uterine activity.
The pregnant woman’s menu in the 41st gestational week
The menu does not change. Continue to limit the consumption of calcium, as it can provoke hardening of the child’s bones, and this will lead to trampling during childbirth.
Rely on light foods and those that cleanse the stomach and intestines. Remember to take enough fluids daily.
What is seen on an ultrasound?
During the 42 gestational week, the doctor will again observe the condition of the child, the placenta, assess the quantity and quality of the amniotic fluid and possibly recommend improving uterine tone with affordable methods.
Among them are nipple stimulation, which provokes uterine contractions. There are also essential oils that lead to the same result. For each case, consult a doctor, as sometimes there are contraindications.
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