Your Pregnancy Fetal Development: Week 42
It may feel like a cruel joke is being played on you, but you really will give birth soon. Most doctors won't allow women to go more than two weeks past their due dates, so the end really is in sight. And to that we say, thank goodness for modern medicine! Oh, and congrats! What You're Thinking: "I am going to be pregnant for the rest of my life, aren't I?"
- You're probably wondering what past life crime you committed to deserve going two weeks over your due date, but don't despair. Yes, you're uncomfortable and anxious, but your baby is so incredibly comfortable in your womb (why else wouldn't she want to come out!). Try to relax, watch your 32nd episode of Will & Grace reruns and know that your baby will be here soon.
This may not make your swollen ankles feel any better, but almost 10 percent of first-time moms go two weeks past their due date. So if nothing else, at least you're in good company. As much as it feels like it right now, this isn't going to last forever. A pregnancy is almost never allowed to go beyond the end of the 42nd week. So chances are you'll be holding that little bundle of love any day now. Here's what else is up:
- Your fourth-trimester baby may also be born with skin discolorations such as dry patches, peeling skin or a reddish rash. But it's completely harmless, so don't worry about it. The good news is that babies who bake this long are often born with very long fingernails and hair, so load up on those cute little hair bows!
- It's all over, but the pushing. And even though it might not seem like it right now, that baby has to get out of your body. And just think, in no time at all, this whole pregnancy thing will be a memory.