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38 Weeks Pregnant: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Pregnancy Journey

Congratulations on reaching the 38th week of your pregnancy! You are now in the final stretch and your little one is almost ready to make their grand entrance into the world. This week is marked by significant changes in your body and emotions as you prepare for labor and delivery.

Physical Changes

  • Baby’s Position: By now, your baby is likely head-down in the pelvis, getting ready for birth. However, some babies may still be in a breech or transverse position.
  • Increased Braxton Hicks Contractions: You may experience more frequent and intense Braxton Hicks contractions, which are practice contractions that help prepare your body for labor.
  • Weight Gain: You may have gained around 25-35 pounds during your pregnancy. Most of this weight gain is due to the growth of your baby, the placenta, and the increased blood volume.
  • Swelling: Your hands, feet, and ankles may be swollen due to fluid retention.
  • Pelvic Pressure: As your baby descends into the pelvis, you may feel increased pressure on your pelvic floor muscles.
  • Frequent Urination: The increased pressure on your bladder may lead to more frequent urination.
  • Backache: The weight of your growing belly can put strain on your back, causing backaches.

Emotional Changes

  • Nesting Instinct: You may experience a strong urge to clean, organize, and prepare your home for the baby’s arrival.
  • Anxiety: It is normal to feel anxious about labor and delivery. Talk to your healthcare provider or a support group to address your concerns.
  • Excitement: As you approach the end of your pregnancy, you may feel a mix of excitement and anticipation about meeting your baby.
  • Mood Swings: Hormonal changes can cause mood swings and irritability.
  • Sleep Disturbances: You may have difficulty sleeping due to discomfort, anxiety, or frequent urination.

Medical Care

  • Regular Checkups: Continue with your regular prenatal appointments to monitor your health and your baby’s growth.
  • Ultrasound: Your healthcare provider may recommend an ultrasound to check your baby’s position and growth.
  • Cervical Exam: Your healthcare provider may perform a cervical exam to assess the dilation and effacement of your cervix.
  • Blood Tests: You may have blood tests to check your blood count and other health markers.

Preparing for Labor and Delivery

  • Create a Birth Plan: Discuss your preferences for labor and delivery with your healthcare provider and write down your birth plan.
  • Pack a Hospital Bag: Pack a bag with essential items you will need during labor and delivery, such as comfortable clothing, toiletries, and snacks.
  • Arrange Childcare: Make arrangements for childcare for your other children while you are in the hospital.
  • Rest and Relax: Take advantage of this time to rest and relax before the big day.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Eat a Healthy Diet: Continue to eat a healthy diet to provide nutrients for yourself and your baby.
  • Exercise Regularly: Light exercise, such as walking or swimming, can help prepare your body for labor.

Signs of Labor

  • Regular Contractions: Contractions that occur at regular intervals and gradually increase in intensity and duration.
  • Water Breaking: Your amniotic sac may rupture, releasing a gush of fluid.
  • Bloody Show: You may experience a discharge of blood-tinged mucus, indicating that your cervix is starting to dilate.
  • Backache: Severe back pain that does not go away with rest or changes in position.
  • Pelvic Pressure: Intense pressure in your pelvis that feels like your baby is pushing down.

When to Call Your Healthcare Provider

  • If you experience any signs of labor, call your healthcare provider immediately.
  • If you have any concerns about your health or your baby’s well-being, contact your healthcare provider.


The 38th week of pregnancy is a time of both excitement and anticipation. As you prepare for the birth of your baby, it is important to take care of your physical and emotional health. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions, stay informed about the signs of labor, and enjoy the final moments of your pregnancy journey.

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