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Guide to Being 42+ Weeks Pregnant


What You Might Be Feeling
By this point, the heartburn and back pain that started weeks ago are probably still there.
By this point, the heartburn and back pain that started weeks ago are probably still there.

Whatever you were feeling last week, or five weeks ago, is probably what you're feeling now, only taken up a notch. You are very, very pregnant, probably over-baking your little bun (more on that in the next section), and your body is feeling it: The heartburn, general indigestion, swelling feet, bloating, sleeplessness, back pain and, at this point, nearly physical irritability at your continued state of discomfort may feel markedly worse than just last week. Maybe it's mental. It doesn't really matter.

This week, your breasts may start leaking colostrum if they haven't yet, and you may be feeling more frequent Braxton-Hicks contractions, aka false labor. These can be distinguished from true labor by their mildness and totally random intervals.

If you feel intense contractions that come and go in a rhythmic pattern and get progressively closer and longer, have diarrhea, experience periodlike cramping that starts in your lower back, or your water breaks, call your doctor, because it might be time.

If your water breaks and it's tinged green, or you feel a marked decrease in fetal activity, go to the hospital, because there might be a problem with your baby.

Most likely, though, there's no problem at all. Your little one is just reluctant to leave the comfort of your womb …


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