Pregnancy week

38th Week pregnancy symptoms

38What’s happening with your baby in Week 38?

  • Your baby may reach 8 pounds at this point, stretching in at 14 inches in length.
  • Boys tend to be a bit heavier than girls at this point.
  • Organs have now passed their uterus development stages and they are ready to accommodate to the new, exterior environment.
  • Your baby has now mastered tasks such as eating, digesting and breathing.

What’s happening with you in Week 38?

  • Uterus has now reached its top expansion, extending all the way from the vagina up to your rib cage.
  • Swelling should be gone from hands and your face, but it’s normal for legs and ankles to stay swollen.
  • Digestion system is still rather slow due to all the hormones your baby is excreting.

Useful information for Week 38

Post-delivery symptoms

  • Hormones are raging which may cause hair loss – this will get sorted quickly after delivery.
  • Fatigue experienced at this point is significant due to all of the emotional changes you’re going through as well. Urination has become more frequent because the body is getting rid of all the excess water.
  • Leakages are common and intense, which is a completely normal thing due to your pelvis stretching out significantly.
  • Your uterus will compress back in its original state in about 6 weeks from delivery.


  • When the cord is cut off you won’t feel anything, as well as your baby.
  • It is possible for small women to give birth to large babies.
  • With the traumatization of your vagina, it’s important to take proper care of it for the next couple of weeks, which is a period necessary for it to completely heal up.

Advices for Week 38

  • First time pregnant women may have difficulties recognizing when it is time to give labor, so it’s important to stay in contact with your doctor to know when you should go in a hospital and wait for the labor there.

Don’t hesitate on accepting all help offered by your family, especially your mother in law and similar. You will need all of it, as the times that are coming will be quite difficult for new mothers.

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Rani Vyas

Rani Vyas

I'm a Medical Consultant Doctor with a keen interest in Medical bioinformatics and genuinely intriguing way of presenting boring medical knowledge in an enchanting and eye catching way.

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