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38 Pregnancy Week

Week 38 of Pregnancy: The Home Stretch

As you enter the final stretch of your pregnancy, your body and baby are preparing for the big day. At 38 weeks pregnant, you are considered full-term, which means your baby is ready to be born. However, most babies are not born exactly on their due date, so don’t be surprised if your little one arrives a few days or even weeks early or late.

Your Baby’s Development at 38 Weeks

Your baby is now about 19.5 inches long and weighs about 6.5 pounds. Their organs are fully developed and they are practicing breathing and sucking. Their hair is growing and their nails are fully formed.

Your Body at 38 Weeks

At 38 weeks pregnant, you may be feeling uncomfortable and impatient. Your belly is large and heavy, and you may have difficulty sleeping, walking, and breathing. You may also be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, which are practice contractions that help your body prepare for labor.

Common Symptoms at 38 Weeks

  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Heartburn
  • Insomnia
  • Leg cramps
  • Mood swings
  • Nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling
  • Varicose veins

Preparing for Labor

As you approach your due date, it is important to start preparing for labor. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Pack your hospital bag. Include comfortable clothing, toiletries, snacks, and anything else you might need during your stay.
  • Create a birth plan. This will help you communicate your wishes to your doctor or midwife during labor.
  • Take a childbirth class. This can help you learn about the stages of labor and what to expect during delivery.
  • Talk to your partner or support person. They can provide you with emotional support and help you stay calm during labor.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor or midwife immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Regular contractions that are getting stronger and closer together
  • Water breaking
  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Chills


The final weeks of pregnancy can be both exciting and challenging. By understanding your body and your baby’s development, you can prepare for labor and enjoy this special time. Remember to listen to your body and don’t hesitate to call your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns.

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