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What occurs during pregnancy week 42

Updated: Feb 23

This stage of pregnancy is known as “post-term” period. At week 42, you are ten months and about two weeks pregnant. There’s nothing wrong with your pregnancy and it’s very normal. You should keep following your doctor’s advice and instructions by paying close attention to the fetal movement. The baby will be here soon.

Your baby at week 42

Your baby is still developing and growing bigger and is now the size of a bigger watermelon. The size of the foetus is 20.3 inches and weighs 8.1 pounds.

Your baby is now sitting a bit lower in your pelvic floor and is getting ready to leave the womb. The baby is still growing and if it gets too big, your doctor may ask for a C-section delivery.


The symptoms in week 42 are similar to most of the symptoms you have experienced during your pregnancy period but maybe more intense during this week. These are;

● Trouble sleeping

● Leg cramps

● Backaches

● Hemorrhoids

● Pelvic pressure discomforts

● Frequent urination

● More contractions

Some of the symptoms may be signs of labour and you should watch out for them. These are;

● Bleeding

● Strange discharge

● Abdominal pains


Your doctor will guide you through some of exercises to induce labor and feel relaxed. These are;

● Long walks

● Elevation of your feet

What can you do to ensure your baby stays healthy?

Your visit to the doctor is a must so as to monitor baby movements. In case of placental problems, low amniotic fluid and a pinched umbilical cord; your doctor will call for medical labour induction.

For more information on how to have a safe delivery, you can visit our clinic at Jacaranda Maternity hospital. During the visit, you’ll have your vitals and physical examination is taken. The Gynaecologist will review the ultrasound, advise if the baby is presenting well, or whether in breech position and advice on the readiness of your pelvic bone to handle normal delivery. Options for induction of labour will also be discussed.

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