Week 38 of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Calendar: You are now 38 weeks pregnant

38 weeks old fetus (baby)

Week 38 of fetal development

You may experience false pain just before your proper pain starts. Be prepared for labour any time from now on.

Your baby

Your baby is fully developed waiting to be in your arms.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Your doctor will confirm the baby’s position clinically and also by means of a coloured ultrasound. If the position is not head down, such as breech, transverse lie etc, or if there is a twin pregnancy, the doctor will decide the time and mode of delivery.
  • Time for you to know the symptoms of labour. Those are – pain coming in intervals from back to front, any blood-stained discharge or mucous, fresh bleeding, gush of water coming out as the water bag bursts.
  • Keep an eye on your baby’s movement. Normally, there should be about 8-10 movements a day. Inform your doctor if there are too many or too few movements, as they indicate the baby’s condition.
  • Keep up with your supplements.
  • Learn about pain relief during labour from your doctor.
  • Plan your labour with your doctor. Discuss all possible ways of delivering your baby, such as normal delivery at home or in the hospital, chances of surgery, forcep delivery and episiotomy.
  • Keep your labour bag ready.
  • You should visit your doctor every week now.

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