Your baby at 41 weeks
Because of the hormones in your body, the baby's genitals may look swollen when she or he is born, but they'll soon settle down to their normal size.
You at 41 weeks
If you've had a baby before, you'll be offered a membrane sweep at your 41-week appointment.
A membrane sweep involves having a vaginal (internal) examination that stimulates the cervix (neck of your womb) to produce hormones that may trigger natural labour. You do not have to have this – you can discuss it with your midwife.
Things to think about
- your newborn's sleep: what to expect
- how to tell if your baby is getting enough breast milk
- how to soothe sore nipples
The Start4Life site has more about you and your baby at 41 weeks pregnant.
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