So close, yet so far!! When this 38th week of pregnancy will be over. It isn’t going to be easy but it’s definitely worth it. The very first day of your realization that you are serving, feeding and nurturing a life inside you was the start of a new phase of your life. Now as the time flew away quickly, you are about to embark an absolutely new journey with some major responsibilities. Your child will fill the void with the purest form of love in your heart. After all, “A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty”. You are 38 weeks pregnant.
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38 Weeks Pregnant
- Length – 49.8 cm
- Weight – 3083 grams
- “There’s no better feeling than the movement of life inside of you”. Your baby is now all grown-up, ‘the adult’ of the gestation period.
- With the beginning of the development of heartbeats and those little fingers and toes, your baby is now ready to come out of your body to finally meet you!
Symptoms – 38 weeks pregnant
“A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside. A tiny heartbeat and a playful kick remind her that she is never alone.”
Practice contraction (Braxton hicks contraction)
These are the minor contractions that imitate the actual ones to give your body a “happy” experience of giving birth to your little one!
Growing anticipation of your to-be-born child, as well as the pain and timely Braxton Hick’s contraction, serve as your sleep enemy.
Since you first got to know about your pregnancy and till this date, the feeling of nausea mixed with tonnes of excitement is normal.
Increased vaginal discharge
It’s the marking of water breaking, vaginal discharge is increased and it’s not very sudden. So, there’s always time for you to go to a washroom or arrange a phone call for the doctor.
Swollen feet and ankles
It’s a common symptom of pregnancy. It will slowly fade away after your baby is born.
With the baby inside and all the kickboxing he’s practicing inside, do you still wonder why you have an itchy belly?
Hormonal change is obvious, sometimes you might want to continue with this phase forever, knowing your baby is safe with you. But at other times, when he grows and weighs, even more, every week you might want to deliberately push him out. That’s the hormonal change, momma!
Ultrasound – 38 weeks pregnant
You have a full term grown baby inside you, waiting for the due date. In case of any complications, or if you feel any abnormality inside the body, get an ultrasound done to check the heart rate and position of the baby.
The baby is all set to shed his fine body hair, some of which will still stay on his body (neck, shoulders, and forehead) at the time of birth. Losing vernix caseosa, which is a waxy and creamy protection for the baby from amniotic fluid.
Diet to follow
- Have some easy to digest snacks if you are at home or at the hospital.
- You can look for baked banana, vegetable thepla, or chicken tikka in snacks. Also have fresh juices, mango smoothies or tomato apple juice along with snacks.
Signs of labour
- Mucus plug
- Back pain
- Water breaking
Have these all? What are you waiting for then? Don’t waste your time reading any further and get your phone, call the doctor. Someone’s on his way out!!
What to think in the week?
You can think that how your baby would be in the week and write how you want him to be in your journal. Your baby has a fully developed body now, but the eye colour is not fixed yet. He might have a grey or blue eye colour which may then change to brown or green later. Baby has a firm grasp and the size of its head, hips, abdomen, and shoulders are almost the same.
Reminders – 38 weeks pregnant
Check List – 38 weeks pregnant
- Arrange for your baby’s car.
- Check for your water breaking period.
- Exercise regularly.
- Decide your position.
You are coming to an end of this relishable journey and about to leave your motherhood. Aren’t you excited about the same? Well, you may be feeling nervous, anxious, curious and excited. All at the same time. Don’t panic. Keep calm and relax even if you are at home. Watch a movie. And read all the incidences written by you in your journal. We wish you a happy motherhood!
“Enjoy your Path to Mom. Relish every moment!”
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