38 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed thirty eight weeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (38 weeks)

Your baby is now ready to enter the world. Currentlythe baby is still gaining weight and building a layer of fat which would help him control his body temperature after birth. Now almost all of the baby’s organs are mature, though his lungs would be the last to be fully developed.

After this week the, the amniotic fluid in your would will start decreasing gradually, however your body would continue to make more fluid till your baby’s born.

Your symptoms at this stage (38 weeks)

It is likely that in these final weeks you may feel like you have grown huge or you may be uncomfortable. Try to relax if possible. You can watch a movie, maybe read a book that is totally unrelated to pregnancy or babies, or catch up with friends. These activities would be hard to fit in for a few months after the baby’s birth.

Your life at this stage

Neither you nor your partner would have much time to cook in the few weeks after the baby arrives, but you can cook some meals and freeze them beforehand. It could be a great help if someone from your families could help you in the first few weeks. You can also consider hiring a cook or a reliable full time helper to help you out during the first few weeks.

Your spouse should also try to relax, and enjoy some activities which would get difficult to fit in due to time constraint after the baby arrives. Some to be dads feel like a spare part as they see the mum to be doing all the hard work of giving birth. You can reassure him that there is a lot he can do to support you.

Your spouse might also be worried about watching you in pain, remind yourselves and him that labour pain is not like normal pain. While normal pain is a sign that something is wrong, labour pain is a sign that your baby is on her way and that the uterus muscles are working well to help her into the world.

Some tips for last minute preparations:be sure that your camera is fully charged, if you have spafre mobile phone charger you can keep it in the hospital bag as well.

Important things to keep in mind

  • You need to be prepared to feed the new born baby.You can read about our tips on breastfeeding or if you are planning to bottle feed you need to make sure that you have all the accessories.
  • You can take a break and have sun fun by reading about your baby’s sun signs.