Week 38 of Pregnancy: Getting Ready for Baby’s Arrival

Baby Size at Week 38: At week 38, your baby is about the size of a pumpkin, measuring around 19.6 inches (49.8 cm) from head to toe and weighing approximately 6.8 pounds (3.1 kg).

Development of the Baby: Your baby’s organs and systems are fully matured, and they are now just putting on the finishing touches before their grand entrance into the world.

Changes and State in the Mother’s Body:

  1. Lightening: You may notice that your baby has “dropped” or settled lower into your pelvis, relieving some pressure on your diaphragm and making it easier to breathe. This is known as lightening.
  2. Increased Braxton Hicks Contractions: Braxton Hicks contractions may continue to increase in frequency and intensity, as your body prepares for labor. Pay attention to any patterns and consult your healthcare provider if you have concerns.
  3. Pelvic Discomfort: You may experience increased pelvic discomfort and pressure as your baby’s head engages in your pelvis. This can lead to a waddling gait and difficulty finding a comfortable position to sit or sleep.
  4. Nesting Instinct Continues: The nesting instinct may still be strong, and you may find yourself organizing and preparing your home for the arrival of your baby. Take advantage of this burst of energy, but remember to listen to your body and take breaks when needed.
  5. Possible Signs of Labor: Some women may start experiencing pre-labor signs, such as the loss of the mucus plug or the onset of bloody show. These can be indications that labor is imminent, but it’s important to consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

Common Symptoms:

  • Backache and pelvic discomfort
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Fatigue and difficulty sleeping
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Braxton Hicks contractions

Tips for Week 38:

  1. Stay Calm and Relax: As you approach your due date, it’s natural to feel a mix of excitement and anxiety. Take time to relax, practice deep breathing, and engage in activities that help you stay calm and centered.
  2. Pack Your Hospital Bag: Make sure your hospital bag is packed and ready to go with essentials for both you and your baby. Include comfortable clothes, toiletries, nursing bras, and any other items you may need during your stay.
  3. Keep Moving: Continue with gentle exercises and activities to keep your body limber and prepare for labor. Walking, swimming, and prenatal yoga can help alleviate discomfort and maintain your strength.
  4. Stay Hydrated and Eat Well: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and eat nutritious meals that provide energy and nourishment for you and your baby. Focus on whole foods, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  5. Monitor Your Baby’s Movements: Pay attention to your baby’s movements and report any significant changes or decreases in activity to your healthcare provider. Monitoring your baby’s movements is important for their well-being.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. When should I expect my baby to arrive if I’m at week 38 of pregnancy?
    • While every pregnancy is different, most babies are born between weeks 38 and 40. It’s essential to be prepared for your baby’s arrival at any time during this period.
  2. What should I do if my water breaks before contractions start?
    • If your water breaks before contractions begin, contact your healthcare provider immediately. They will provide guidance on when to go to the hospital and what steps to take next.
  3. Is it normal to feel more tired during week 38 of pregnancy?
    • Yes, it is normal to feel more tired as you near the end of your pregnancy. Your body is working hard to support the growth and development of your baby. Listen to your body and rest as needed.

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