38 Weeks Pregnant: Tips & What to Expect

By week 38, your little one is about the size of a winter melon. This week, baby has started producing surfactant which will help her take the first breath, while mom is producing the precursor of breast milk called colostrums.

Your baby

Your baby is fully formed and ready to be born. This week, he is about 7lbs, but this varies from one baby to another. Size-wise and developmentally, your baby is a perfectly little newborn, and the remaining part of his pregnancy journey is facing the world.

Your baby’s organs are fully developed and ready to face life outside the uterus. The only remaining change is baby’s eye color which will be changing because of lack of pigmentation. It’s normal for newborns to have blue eyes but they will eventually turn to brown or green after birth.

This week, your baby is very low in your belly, with the head engaged and waiting for the release of hormones that will play a role in getting the contractions started.

Your body

Two weeks to go and as your little one prepares for the outside world, your body is doing its final touches before the day of delivery. You will feel more pelvic pressure because your baby has moved down to your pelvis as well as effacement and cervical dilation.

Colostrum

As you wait for the D-day, these last days should be enough to rehearse and prepare for the coming baby. Anxiety, sleepless nights, and leaky breast are just among the few things you will be experiencing these last days. Speaking of leaky breasts, many women find that they are leaking breast milk of colostrums this week.

Colostrum is a thin, yellow fluid produced by breasts in the third trimester. The milk contains antibodies that protect newborns. It has more proteins and less sugar and fat than the milk produced later.

If your breasts are leaking colostrums, you may want to wear nursing pads to protect your clothes. However, not all pregnant women experience this. If not, you don’t need to worry because your breast will produce colostrums when the right time comes.

Pregnancy tips

  • Create a list of email address or phone numbers of close friends and relatives you will want to notify when the baby arrives
  • Many women don’t know when they are in labor. A rule of thumb: If you are experiencing irregular contractions which stop when you change position or move around then you are probably not in labor.
  • You should also make sure that your PJs and other items in your hospital bag fit well.

Common symptoms

Frequent urination

Your baby has moved down to your pelvis and your bladder has less room. Although you may want to avoid caffeine and other diuretic drinks, it is important that you completely cut out liquids. You need fluid these last days to stay hydrated

Itchy belly

This is one of the most common symptoms you will experience this week. Apply vitamin E oil and takes a few capsules of vitamin E.