Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Week 38

You will notice a number of changes occurring during the 38th week of pregnancy. This is actually a sign of mom and baby getting ready for delivery and experiencing a waiting game. Anxiety may be the most overwhelming feeling you would be experiencing now. You may discuss these feelings with your healthcare provider.

Your Baby

The baby is now the size of a pumpkin! It measures 18.9 to 20.9 inches long and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. The head of baby is of the same circumference as its abdomen. The little one may even have about an inch or so of hair. It is also in the process of shedding vernix caseosa on skin.

Your Body

As you have reached the end of pregnancy, you may be feeling quite huge and uncomfortable. The weight of the baby and symptoms are just too heavy to bear. You may begin to have some swelling in your feet. Chances are that you have started to even secrete small amount of Colostrum. You just need to rest and relax at the moment. The doctor will continue to check your blood pressure, protein or sugar in urine. The baby will be checked for heartbeat and position and will also check any weight gain or weight loss in you. You may even experience twinges in your belly as the baby has started to settle down in your pelvis with resting on the nerves.

Pregnancy Symptoms Week 38

The famous “lightning crotch” will now be experienced by you. This is because the baby bumps against nerves in your pelvis. This will make you might feel shooting sensations down your legs. You may even feel it inside your vagina. You will continue to experience Braxton Hicks contractions. Other common symptoms include itchy belly, difficulty sleeping, swollen ankles and feet, and vaginal discharge. The mucus discharge may be bloody. This is a sure shot sign that labor is about to come. Some women may also experience diarrhoea.


Make sure you eat a lot of potassium-rich foods such as oranges and bananas. This will help you avoid leg cramps. You should also sip a glass of milk before bedtime. This is because your nutritional requirements will increase. Make sure you are on perfectly balanced meals. A healthy diet during pregnancy is a key for maintaining a healthy pregnancy and delivery.


You should focus on packing a bag of your partner’s favourite foods and snacks to take to hospital. Also invest in a good quality camera and a video camera with extra batteries. You can also make a pack of baby massage oil, magazines, music CDs, your address book, scrapbook, and anything that you think will be fun passing time during a long labour.


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