38 Weeks Pregnant

38 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My baby’s size will differ compared to other babies, but it is fair to say that my baby will be somewhere between 17 and 20 inches long and will be weighing around 6 ¼ to 7 ½ pounds.*

38 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my Baby

The development of all organs is complete except for the brain and lungs which are still maturing.  If birth happens, everything should be alright because these organs are prepared to be exposed to the real world.  They would continue to develop outside the womb; the womb just makes for a better home. When you baby is born don’t be surprised if you think it looks like you, your partner, some other family member or nobody at all.  Most of the distinguishing characteristics will take a few days, weeks to unfold.  If the eyes are brown then they are going to be brown.  If the eyes are gray or blue then there is a chance they could turn to either hazel, brown, green or just remain blue.

38 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

If you haven’t already, you vary well may experience some swelling in your ankles and feet.  Unfortunately, this is normal, but you do want to consult your healthcare provider if you are noticing excessive swelling in your hands or around your face. This excessive swelling could be a symptom of pregnancy induced hypertension which is also called preeclampsia or toxemia.

38 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

Each prenatal care visit is going to be filled with screenings and discussions on topics noted below.  These are provided here for two reasons.  First, just to make you aware of what to expect.  And second, to provide you a reference place to remind you of things your healthcare provider may have discussed that you wanted to remember to get more information.  Each of these topics below should have more information in the site:

  • Who to call when you think you are in labor and when the call should be made
  • Early labor completed at home
  • Any medical problems
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Anemia
  • Intra uterine growth restriction (IUGR)
  • Decreased fetal movements
  • Breech positioning

38 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

It is common to have non-stress tests done in order to monitor your pregnancy and baby’s development.  These non-stress tests are quick and simple; your healthcare provider will attach a fetal monitor to your abdomen while you are lying down.  The monitor records your baby’s heartbeat and with your assistance tracks your baby’s movements.  Although these tests can be annoying, they do provide peace of mind that everything is alright.  And, it is always fun to hear your baby’s heart.

38 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

Now is the time to make sure that your bag is packed and ready too.  If hers is not packed, you might ask if there is anything you can do to help get hers ready. Although your baby won’t know or be able to do anything with it, it is common to get a special memento gift for your new baby.  It could be something sports related (i.e. college themed onesie), a special book, or you baby’s first stuffed animal.  Sometimes it is just nice as dad to go and pick something out – just from you.

Avoid being competitive and it is probably best to talk to your partner about what you are wanting to do.  She may want to do something too, so communication is good so that you work together and don’t hurt the other person’s feelings.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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