With the baby now only two weeks away from making an appearance, it is natural for you to feel anxious and slightly worried. This is the time when the reality of actually delivering the baby starts nagging most moms-to be and they can be often found asking themselves how the baby is ever going to come out of them in the first place. There is only one advice for all such mothers out there: try to relax and not feel too overwhelmed by everything. This is one thing that your body will manage on its own when the time comes.

How’s the Baby Doing At Pregnancy Week 38?

By pregnancy week 38, your baby will be the size of a pumpkin, measuring somewhere between 18.9 to 20.9 inches in length while weighing between 6.2 and 9.2 pounds. The development of your baby will also be in good shape, and he/she will have their head measuring same in circumference as their abdomen, balancing out the body proportions. About an inch of hair must have appeared by now on your baby’s head while the body hair and white greasy coating on the body would disappear more from their body.

The Symptoms At Pregnancy Week 38

The symptoms you are most likely to experience around pregnancy week 38 include:

  • Shooting sensations inside your vagina and down your legs. This happens as the baby moves lower in the pelvic area and bumps with the nerves there, creating this lightening sensation.
  • An appearance of the “bloody show”, which indicates that the baby is on its way. This is actually a slightly bloody mucus discharge.
  • Continuation of previous symptoms including lack of sleep, swollen ankles and feet, itching stomach and stretch marks, vaginal discharge and Braxton Hicks contractions.

What to Do?

Remember to go for your weekly prenatal visit and get your stats checked regularly. Make sure you have everything ready for the baby. Stock your fridge with grocery for the coming weeks, have friends lined up for support to help you after the baby is arrive, have the baby’s car seat installed and checked by a professional, and read as much as you can about how to take care of babies.


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