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Pregnancy Week 38

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Your Baby's Development This Week

You might be thinking all your heartburn and indigestion the last several months is contagious the way your baby may be hiccuping now. It's from all that practice breathing of amniotic fluid. But don't worry, it's far more annoying to you than to baby. At the other end of things, the baby's first bowel movement is in the making. Meconium, the sticky greenish or dark first b.m. baby has, is mostly made up of things collected in his/her digestive tract during gestation. Your baby's organs are are developed and fully functional. However, the lungs and brain will continue to develop and grow after the child is born. You're probably curious what baby will look like, or who baby will take after. Baby might have a full head of long hair, or be a little fuzz ball when born. Those eyes however will most likely remain a mystery for awhile. Unless born with brown eyes, which will most likely remain brown, babies eye color can change up until nine months of age or so.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 38

One of the final stages of getting ready for baby is probably occurring now. Leaky breasts are a sign your body is preparing to nurse your little one. That's not real or mature milk you're leaking however, but rather colostrum. Colostrum is thin and yellow and a pre-milk, rich in antibodies baby needs at birth. It will be a few days after the baby is born before your real milk comes in. For now, if the leaking is bothering you, go ahead and break out those nursing pads to protect your clothes from getting soggy. And get used to it. Breastfeeding means leaking breasts. Consider this great practice.

Visit With the Obstetrician

This week at your doctor's visit, take a notepad and ask the truly important questions.

  • When do I go to the hospital?
  • How long should a let contractions go on, how far apart?
  • What is a think my water broke?
  • Do I call or just come into get checked?
  • What kind of pain is more serious and requires immediate attention?
  • What circumstance would indicate an emergency and warrant a call to 911?
  • Is it bloody show or a placental abruption?

Find out how to handle different situations, where to go or who to call depending on the time of day or day of week, too. It'll put your mind at ease to know the right thing to do, and save time later.

Preparing for Baby

I know you might think, "Are you kidding??" but this is the time to decide on contraception. Ask anyone and they'll rattle off the names of a few mothers with a babies months apart. It happens. If you are breastfeeding you need to talk to your doctor with that in mind, and you will probably not be able to opt for any oral contraceptives in that case. Look at all of your options, along with your partner and the doctor. This is a doctor's visit your partner should be present at, as it will concern him pretty directly. Read up on the options, talk to your friends, and consider what has worked and hasn't worked for you in the past. You need to make the decision ideally before baby comes.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Ah, it's about that time. Baby shower! Some women decide to wait until the baby is born to have the shower, that way you don't have a gender surprise, or tons of yellow and green outfits. Plus you have the advantage of showing off your little bundle. However, many moms like having the shower beforehand, to get things all set up and ready, washed and packed. Plus, you might not feel up to a shower for weeks after baby's arrival. If you have the party before the birth, take advantage and get to work on those thank you's. You certainly won't enjoy writing those while recovering from childbirth and adjusting to new parenthood. Having a baby registry is one way to cut down on all those returns to the store for the four identical highchairs.

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Kristina1994 May 3, 2014 05:48:17 PM ET

I'm currently 37 weeks 5/7, and still waiting on my baby girl to make her first appearance. i can't wait to finally have her in my arms

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Guest Feb 8, 2014 10:39:54 PM ET

Hi everyone. i'll be 38 weeks pregnant tomorrow. i now have a uti. it's painful and uncomfortable. i've gotten rid of it by drinking lots of water. i can't sleep, have frequent urination, and lots of heart burn, but it's worth it. it will soon be over. i'm anticipating reaching my little man. it's my first baby.

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Guest Sep 16, 2013 09:38:32 AM ET

Im 38 weeks and i feel like i'm toting the world in my belly. some days i have no appetite others i cant get enough food. extreme pain when baby grinds head down on my bladder and i pee myself without even knowing. lots of pains in my pelvis and lower back and every time i use the washroom i feel like baby s going to pop out. cant lift my legs very much so walking is painful as is getting out of bed, sleeping, sitting, standing. doc says i'm 2 cm dilated. lost 2lbs. hands, feet and legs swollen and i cant seem to drink enough water ( i'm not diabetic) one minute my blood pressure is extremely low the next its really high ( never had high blood pressure in my life). this is my third baby, 5 th pregnancy, definitely tying my tubes after this......

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Lashondra Aug 12, 2013 07:06:50 AM ET

I am 38 weeks as of today i been cramps and back pains. i am due in two more weeks. i am so ready to meet my new bundle of joy because all while she been in my stomach she been kicking the mess out of me. my body is tired now i ready for her to come. this is my second child i am little nervous but more so ready then ever. come on baby kayla:)

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Jennifer Jul 30, 2013 07:53:51 AM ET

Im 37 weeks and 3 days. my mid back/ribs are killing me. i have onset severe carpal tunnel in both my arms and hands from swelling. my pelvic bone aches. my ankles and feet are swelled up like water balloons. my heartburn is terrible. my baby still hasnt dropped. lots of braxton hicks and menstral cramps. some color free discharge. im praying for her to come soon so we can hold her and love her to pieces and start our lives with her!

Ema Aug 12, 2013 11:09:48 AM ET

I have such bad carpeltunnel syndrome thati think i have lastin nerve damagwe as yours gone away ye?

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stephanie Jun 30, 2013 04:10:11 AM ET

Up untill my 8th month i felt good.my last month has been so hard specially now im 38 weeks bbygirl has droppd and i feel massive sharp burning pain on my pelvic area. not kool,its my first baby so im excited bt yet scared bcuz idk what pains to expect.i hope she comes out healthy ツ✔and quickly.wish me the best it will come n handy,god bless my baby girl lexie

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naomi lowe Mar 18, 2013 03:13:17 PM ET

I'm really excited to become a mum then only thing worrying me is the labour part. my ankles have started to swell up but nothing will get as big as this bump. just want my baby to come now!!!!

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Rebecca Jones Mar 11, 2013 09:56:27 PM ET

Well, im 38 weeks and 5 days, and im so far 3cm dilated. the doc says my cervix is soft and the baby is halfway there. the doc said if by my next appointment i have not gone into labor he will talk about inducing me. so question is will he set up to induce me that weekend or what?

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Porsche Jan 9, 2013 12:44:00 AM ET

Im 38 weeks an feel ok just,extra heavy an swollen

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Brooke Jul 15, 2012 07:39:50 AM ET

My husband and i can't wait to have our 4th baby girl, due in 2 weeks! my other 3 daughters ( martha, belinda and georgina) are bursting to see their baby sister ( faylinn - faye for short) and my parents and my husbands parents are very excited so the sooner she arrives the better!

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