Your baby is now around the size of a watermelon.
In this final week of pregnancy, your baby is really getting impatient! She remains cramped and is looking forward to making his grand entrance in the world.
At 41 weeks, your baby measures anywhere around 51cm (20 inches) long when measured from head to toe, and her weight is somewhere in the vicinity of 3.5kg (7 to 8 pounds) on average.
You have probably noticed that your baby has stopped moving around as much as she did in the past weeks. This is because she is simply running out of room. You should still feel movement though. If you do not feel any movement, contact your doctor right away.
Some other foetal developments for this week include the overgrowth of fingernails and toenails. A baby who reaches the full gestation will most likely need her fingernails and toenails trimmed within a few days of birth.
At this point, there may still be a small amount of lanugo hair on her body. This is the fine layer of hair that covers your baby in the womb. The lanugo began to grow several months ago and protected your baby by regulating her body temperature before she had any fat in her body. As the fat began to develop, the lanugo was no longer necessary and started to slough off. By the time she is born, all the lanugo hair should be gone. Occasionally, babies are born with the lanugo hair on their bodies. When this happens, it is only a matter of days until the hair is completely gone.
Your baby has now shed most of the vernix caseosa. This is the cheesy-like coating that covers the foetus in the womb to protect their skin from the harshness of the amniotic fluid. This too will sometimes not be completely gone by birth, but chances are the nurses will clean it off of your baby before you even see it.