What happens during the 38th week of pregnancy? A lot! Your baby is now ready to see the world. Chances are you’ll be spending the next few days anxiously awaiting your little one’s arrival. However, your baby may decide that it isn’t time yet and arrive a few days ahead of schedule or if she likes it there, she might stay for a couple more days. Feeling apprehensive about labor? Worried about vaginal discharge! Read our post and learn all about pregnancy at 38 weeks.
38 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms:
Apart from an escalating anxiety, we list some of the symptoms of the 38 weeks of pregnancy here:
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Thick mucus-like discharge
- Leaky breasts
- Anxiety about labor pain
- Recurrent false contractions
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Your Body At Week 38 Pregnancy:
Women often spend the last few days of pregnancy thinking about the events that may unfold after labor starts. They’re mentally preparing for labor or simply crossing off chores to do whil
1. Mucus Plug:
A thick gelatin-like substance, a mucus plug, attaches itself to the uterus during pregnancy. At 38 weeks, the mucus plug is discharged signaling that you can go into labor soon (probably in a day or two). Sometimes, the mucus plug is tinged with blood, and sometimes it flushes out as a single discharge. And sometimes, the discharge is flushed out as tiny pieces several weeks before delivery. There’s nothing to worry unless the mucus plug is too ‘bloody’, and you haven’t reached your full term yet. But at pregnancy 38 weeks, they only indicate an impending labor.
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2. Leaky Breasts:
Leaking breasts are a common occurrence during the 38th week. Although, not all women experience it, so don’t worry if your breasts do not leak colostrum. To the uninitiated, colostrum refers to the early milk secreted by the mother- it is low in fat and contains all the necessary nutrients essential for the baby.
3. Emotional Anxiety and Restlessness:
You are desperately waiting for the end of the journey – not only because you want to meet your little angel, but also because you want your old body back! Would I be a good mother? Would I be able to lose all the weight I’ve gained? How long would the dreaded labor pain last? These are just some of the questions that you might ask yourself. But remember, anxiety only fuels stress hormones that are bad for you and your baby. Try and make the most of the time that’s left and prepare to welcome your newborn into your life.
- General Discomfort
- Braxton Hicks
- Stock Your Pantry
- Prepare Your Hospital Bag
- Be Prepared
- Talk To Your Baby
- Warm Baths During Pregnancy
- Read Up On Parenting
- Dealing With Preeclampsia
- Be Kind About Her Weight Gain Worries
- Do Not Patronize
- Help Her With The Chores
- Dealing With Your Fears
- Read Baby Books And Refer To Other Pediatric Sites
- Track Your Baby’s Development
- Connect With The Baby
By now, most women are exhausted and want to be done with the pregnancy. As D-day approaches, the general discomfort that you’ve been experiencing increases. Your feet are more swollen than ever; the backache continues, and so does insomnia. There’s nothing much that you can do about these symptoms except continue experimenting with different ways to soothe the body and mind.
Braxton Hicks or false 38 weeks pregnant contractions increase in frequency and intensity. This way muscles around the uterus flex and prepare for labor. Remember to look for other signs of labor, lest these contractions could be real. (1)
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Changes In Your Baby At 38 Weeks Pregnancy:
Your baby is now in the final stages of preparing for life in the real world. Her lungs are continuing to mature. And so is her nervous system. Her body continues to store fat to help regulate body temperature outside the womb. She’s also losing some of the whitish things on her skin (called vernix) although some of it remains until birth.
Baby’s Size At Week 38:
An average baby weighs around 2.7 kilos although boys tend to be a little heavier than girls. She shall continue to remain the same weight (with just a slight increase) until birth.