Your body at week 38

Pregnant mother at week 38

You’re now 38 weeks pregnant (or in your 39th week if that’s how you choose to count it).

How your baby is growing

Your baby is ready to be introduced to the world. Now, the average full-term newborn is still assembling a coating of fat to help control body temperature after birth. Most newborns are between 2.7 and 4.3 kilograms at birth and boys are generally slightly heavier than girls. All your baby’s organs are created and in place although his lungs will be the last to reach full maturity. Read additional information on the growth of your baby this week.

How your life is changing

You might be feeling uncomfortable and bulky all through these final weeks. Try and take it simple – this may be your last chance to do this for some time. See a film or read a book that’s not related to pregnancy or newborns. Have your own hair or nails done, or simply spend time together with your husband. Make sure your husband ensures the car is ready for the trip to the hospital.

Your partner should attempt to relax, too, and take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere. Suggest some inspirational reading – he may want it when you go into labour. Is he concerned about how he’ll do with a new baby in the house? He may want to read up on newborns and how to take care of them.

Be prepared

This really is a great moment to have an in-depth dialogue with your physician to help you with pain relief in labour. On the hospital front for your delivery, make sure that you understand where to park and which entry to use to arrive at the labour ward quickly. Inquire about what happens when you get to a medical facility, if you don’t already know that. If you have kids who will be present at the time of delivery, make back up plans for how to take care of them when labour begins – your spouse and parents can really help here, so talk to them.