Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide

Your body

changes in the body
What to expect
Are you having sleepless nights, a little anxiety and leaking breasts. That is not uncommon. You could also be having diarrhoea.It can be boring and you may be frustrated – you have waited for so long and can’t wait any longer for the big day! Rest assured, your body is preparing for the big day just as your baby is – the cervix (opening of the uterus) is dilating.There’s a chance you might meet your baby this week! Most women go into labour between 38 and 42 weeks.

Baby size

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide
What to expect
Your baby is the size of a small Watermelon (roughly 48 cms and about 2.8 Kilos).

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size
What to expect
Baby is preparing for birth and is ready to cry! His or her vocal chords have developed. Some  small but important changes like fine tuning of the nervous system are taking place.Baby has swallowed some amniotic fluid (the fluid in the sac) and that will be his or her first bowel movement.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide
Tips
  • Call your doctor or hospital at any time if you have worries about your baby, such as,  your baby’s movements.
  • You need not worry too much about going past the due date. Only about 5% of babies are born on their due date.
  • Your mind must be racing with many thoughts and you may be not be able to sleep. Read a magazine or do something that you find relaxing.
  • Wear loose clothing that keeps you cool and comfortable.
  • Go for a walk – gentle and easy without straining your ankles or knees. A gentle walk can help your baby get into position.
  • Practise meditation and relaxation techniques to help you cope with pain during labour.
  • Staying rested, relaxed and positive will help you.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor
Questions
  1. Is it okay that my water hasn't broken as yet?
  2. I have high blood pressure. What are the risks I or my baby can have during or just after delivery?
  3. What happens if I go beyond 40 weeks of pregnancy?
  4. What is a caesarean section?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide
Actions
  1. Check and count foetal kicks.
  2. Double check hospital bag is ready.
  3. Have folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  4. Book antenatal appointment with doctor.
  5. List who needs to be contacted to inform that baby has arrived.
  6. Find out the hospital layout -entrance to labour room and which entrance to use after hours.

Questions you may have

“ At this stage, loose bowel movement is nature’s way of making enough room for baby to emerge. After months of feeling constipated it's just the opposite now! Your baby could be born any day! At this point I was asked to drink lots of water and eat lightly.”

“Swollen feet or oedema affects about 75% of pregnant women and usually starts around week 22 to 27 of pregnancy and stays until birth. Mild swelling is harmless and normal. However, if there is excessive and persistent swelling and your blood pressure has gone high contact your doctor immediately.”