Stages of Pregnancy Week by Week
Pregnancy Week 42
Find out what to expect from your
postpartum recovery, and learn what life is like with Baby during his first week of life.
Watch Your Baby's Growth
Your Baby Is Almost Here: Week 35 of Pregnancy to Birth
At long last, you're about to meet your son or daughter! Watch the miraculous journey your baby will go through as he (or she) exits your uterus and enters the world.
Your Changing Body
Baby's not here yet? Sit tight. Only 5 percent of newborns arrive on their actual due dates, but over 80 percent are born within two weeks of it. Most babies will be perfectly safe and healthy hanging out in your womb until 42 weeks.
Your Developing Baby
You're probably wondering what that stubborn little bugger could still possibly be doing in your womb! Most likely he's still happily moving about in your belly, and you should keep counting fetal kicks to be sure.
Tip of the Week
Waiting beyond your due date can give you lots of time for thinking and stressing about everything that could go wrong. Keep your mind occupied by reading up on baby care instead.
Your Week 42 To-Do List
1. Try a few tricks to bring on labor.
An Inside Look
Take a unique look at Baby's development inside the womb this week.
Your Pregnancy Calendar
Organize your doctor's appointments, save your ultrasound photos, and more--all in one place!
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Everything in Pregnancy Week 42
More About Your Pregnancy in Week 42
Newborns' Belly Buttons
Find out when your baby's umbilical cord stump will detach and how to gently handle your baby's belly button until then.
Your Baby's Days
Learn how your baby will spend her first days in the world.
Baby's First Pediatric Visit
Learn what to expect during your baby's very first pediatric check up.
All About Jaundice
Learn all about jaundice and why your baby might have it in his first few days of life.
When to Call Your Obstetrician
Watch out for these warning signs that you may need medical attention.
Changes in Your Body
Find out some of the symptoms you may be dealing with in your first few weeks postpartum.
Learn why your doctor may decide to induce you and which methods she has to choose from.
When You're Overdue
The best thing to do when you're overdue? Don't stress!
Diet & Exercise
Start planning your post-pregnancy fitness regimen now. You'll be back out there in no time!
Postpartum Fitness Classes
Try a fitness class for new moms to stay motivated to drop pounds in a friendly, understanding environment.
Q & A
Q&A: Do I Need a Cesarean?
Find out why your doctor may suggest a cesarean delivery if your baby is overdue and breech.
Q&A: Will My Second Labor Be As Bad As My First?
No two births are the same, so don't worry too much if your first labor was difficult.
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