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

Pregnancy Month by Month:  Preparing for Labor
Pregnancy Month by Month: Preparing for Labor

Your baby is just about ready to make an appearance. Here¿s what to expect during labor and a boost of encouragement for you to take into the delivery room.

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!

Ask Parents About Week 42

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Everything in Pregnancy Week 42

More About Your Pregnancy in Week 42

Your Baby

  • 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.

Your Body

Your Self

  • Inducing Labor

    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

  • Postpartum 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