Week by week pregnancy guide: you and your baby at Week 43
When your pregnancy goes into late-term or post-term, you might not be able to have a vaginal birth as planned.
We know we've given fruit comparisons so far, but since we're at pregnancy guide week 43, let's just not go there. If you're reading this, you must be thinking when is this baby ever going to come out!? Your bubs might be feeling really cosy in there, but like it or not, he or she has overstayed their welcome. Right about now, your OBGYN would start talking to you about a cesarean section or other methods of induced labour to move things along.
Pregnancy Guide Week 43
Your Baby's Development
In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:
- Even though your baby doesn't want out yet, that doesn't mean you should stop counting fetal kicks just to be sure. There's probably not a lot of space left in there for him to move. But at some point, your not so little bun in the oven will definitely have to wiggle a little to get comfortable.
- Being inside longer also means your bubs would likely be gaining more weight, which ultimately means giving birth to a bigger baby. Suddenly a cesarean section doesn't sound so bad after all.
- The biggest concern of a post-term delivery is that the function of the placenta decreases and the amount of amniotic fluid also decreases. As a result, there is less oxygen and nutrients reaching your baby. There is also the risk of the umbilical cord getting compressed, which can also cause complications for your baby.
- Until you hold your baby in your arms you will still be waddling everywhere you go as though you're lugging a huge watermelon in your tummy. Heartburn, frequent urination, pelvic pains, back pains, water retention – yes, all that will still be there.
- Trying to get a decent night's rest might be really challenging now, given how big you are now and because of the strain on your lower back. But try to get in as much rest as you can. You will definitely need it when your bundle of joy finally arrives.
- Double check that you've got everything in your hospital bag because by now your doctor would have scheduled a c-section or set a date so that you can be induced. In between, you can also try out several natural methods to try to induce your labour.
- For mums hoping for a vaginal delivery, do not beat yourself up about it. Some things are just not within your control, and you should focus on delivering your baby safely. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always talk it out with your doctor.
- Last minute check on that hospital bag pregnancy guide week 43!! You really are going to see your baby real soon this time!
Try not to worry too much despite what you read in this pregnancy guide week 43. Your EDD is only a rough estimate of when your baby might be due! Even if you may not be able to have a vaginal birth as planned, keep counting those fetal kicks. Your doctor will be there to help and guide you, so stay hopeful and positive!
Reference: Mayo Clinic
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