You are now 38 weeks pregnant – an important period! It is sure that your baby will arrive any time. For that reason, you’re playing the waiting game. Of course, it may be really challenging to be patient, particularly when you are most likely feeling ready to see the little one. Even though you have enjoyed every minute of pregnancy, it is quite possible to feel uncertain or about labour and being a future parent. However, it is highly advisable not to get too caught up in these feelings. Instead, believe in yourself and your body. It is likely that you’ve finished your work from this time. Therefore, try to rest as much as possible. Your body prepares to do some hard work for the upcoming big day. And you will have a new role as the parent soon!
Don’t feel too overwhelmed by what is happening. Let’s put trust in your body’s ability to deliver the little angel inside safely. Have a great faith in your healthcare providers, too! Try to be optimistic that everything will go smoothly. Certainly, the only guarantee of pregnancy is that it’ll end someday!
38 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
At 38 weeks pregnant development, pregnant women can feel they are spending most of their lifetime in the bathroom. That’s because the pressure on your bladder is now so extreme that it is likely to be squished into a pancake. Nevertheless, regardless of how annoying it is, you should always keep hydrated. Sometimes, you might need to set up camp in the toilet for the reason that you may experience diarrhea, too. We all know the truth that pregnancy is never easy and comfortable, right?
Furthermore, your body is also making room for the baby to be born. Hence, it is a good idea to stay away from rich-, fatty- or fiber-rich foods. Instead, stick to light soups, ice lollies, and toast. Is not leaking from your bottom end enough? Prepare your mind other news that your boobs might be discharging thin and yellowish fluid, namely colostrums, too!
There is no surprise that it is the first milk your baby will get. Such flow of milk is usually full of antibodies, as well as has more protein and less fat and sugar than the next milk. If this is your case, then it is not a perfect time to wear the best silk and floaty bras. Rather, try with soothing and soft ones and having some nursing pads popped in your bras. This week seems to be your last antenatal appointment. Unless you go overdue, ensure to make a list of any questions to ask your doctor.
Is swelling troubling you, especially your feet and ankles? The best ideas are to keep those feet up and avoid sitting or standing for long periods. Sometimes, it may also be difficult to find a comfortable position to sit or even lie down. That’s because your hips are aching. Besides, the front of your pelvis could feel as if it’s going to give way. In fact, this joint becomes looser during pregnancy, due to the hormone relaxin. However, it may feel highly unstable that leads to pain.
38 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
Symptoms around that time are still the same as the ones you have ever experienced during the previous weeks with the heavy degree. Some common signs at 38 weeks pregnant are:
- Constant urination
- Nesting instinct
- Bloody show
- Braxton Hicks
38 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 38 weeks is about 48-49 centimeters in length and weighs about 3.2 kilograms. While he/she will not get much longer between now and birth, he/she still continues gaining weight. It is interesting to know that the little one is a fully functioning little human, although he/she still practices both breathing and swallowing.
If you are carrying a prince, then his testicles have certainly descended into the scrotum by now. Along with the full development of your placenta, his/her lungs are still maturing as well as producing surfactant – the vital substance which prevents the lungs’ air sacs from sticking together when he/she begins to breathe. The little one also keeps shedding vernix and lanugo, in addition to swallowing amniotic fluid. He/she also fine-tunes his/her brain and nervous system around this time. Adding fat to his/her body is equally important, too! The reason is that the process is ideal for creating a pair of lovely chubby cheeks for parents to squeeze.
You are not able to tell right away when it comes to the colors of his/her eyes. If your baby is born with the brown eyes, these will probably stay brown. Nonetheless, if he/she is born with dark blue or grey eyes, then these can stay blue or grey or even turn green, brown, or hazel by the time your kid is 9 months old. Wonder the reason? That’s because your baby’s irises can gain more pigment in the months after giving birth. But, they will not usually get lighter or bluer. Moreover, the hazel, green, and brown eyes have more pigment than blue or grey ones.
What should you do?
38 weeks pregnant is a good time to have cozy conversations with family members and friends who may have recently had a baby. Did they have a positive experience with their kid’s pediatrician? Then, don’t forget to mention this to your doctor. In case you are a private patient, it is possible that you will be entitled to request a preference for the doctor of your own baby.
Don’t hesitate to line up some supports for when you give birth. Stay away from making concrete and inflexible plans. Why? This will help you realize that there are those who care about you as well as will willing to offer you their physical and emotional support. Last but not least, try to have a practice drive to the hospital with your husband. In some cases, there is nothing greater than familiarizing yourself with the route, out of hour’s arrangements, the parking, and the hospital’s contact details for when you are ready for the coming labour.