38 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body and Your Baby

38 Weeks Pregnant - Your Body and Your Baby

You’re 38 weeks pregnant!

Baby will be arriving any time now and you are playing the waiting game. It can be challenging to be patient, especially as you are most likely feeling very ready to have your baby.

Even if you have been enjoying every minute of pregnancy, you might be feeling unsure or uncertain about labour and being a parent. Try not to get too caught up in these feelings, trust in yourself and your body.

It’s very likely you have finished work by now, so you can rest as much as you need to. Your body is preparing to do some hard work, and you will have a new role as a parent in the coming weeks. Enjoy these last few weeks as much as you can.

38 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

It’s probably been a while since you’ve been able to see your feet while standing up and you might be feeling pretty big now. Swelling may be troubling you, especially your feet and ankles. Keep those feet up when you can and avoid sitting or standing for long periods.

It is probably hard to find a comfortable position to sit or lie down. Your hips may be aching and the front of your pelvis, the symphysis pubis joint, might feel as though it is going to give way. This joint becomes looser during pregnancy thanks to the hormone relaxin, but it can feel very unstable and lead to pain.

Pelvis pain can be a real nightmare for heavily pregnant women. It is useful to see a therapist such as an osteopath or chiropractor, which can alleviate tight muscles and ligaments contributing to pelvic pain. If you are experiencing symphysis pubic dysfunction there are a number of ways to manage it.

38 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

Your baby is might seem to be resting more often now, with big bursts of movement in between spells of quiet. It’s normal for babies to have quiet periods but if you do notice any slowing down of your baby’s movements or feel concerned at all, contact your care provider straight away.

Your baby is starting to get rid of the vernix on her skin that protects it from the amniotic fluid. You may find some in the creases behind her ears and under her arms after birth. She has a quite a bit of hair by now too.

Your baby’s weight is likely a little over 3 kg now, and she is about 47-49 cm long, about the length of a leek. She won’t get much longer between now and birth, but she will continue to gain weight.

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Last Updated: June 13, 2018



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