The child

The child

Your baby is now about 18.9 inches (48 cm) long in total and weighs around 6.6 pounds (3 kg) at the start of the week—and around 7 pounds (3.17) kg at the end of the week.

Your pregnancy is now considered to be complete. Your baby is rapidly gaining weight and all internal organs are fully developed.

Pregnancy week 38 baby Beige
Mother

Mother

Colostrum is the first milk your breasts produce, and it’s rich in nutrients and antibodies. Your actual breastmilk will start to flow 48 to 72 hours after you’ve given birth stimulated by your baby actively suckling at your breast. This milk is full of nutrients, protects your baby against infection and strengthens her immune system.

Many women feel anxious prior to giving birth, tired due to a lack of sleep, and are very much looking forward to the pregnancy being over. Make sure you make time for yourself—sleep or rest as often as you can.

You could feel a prodding sensation in your vagina as the baby’s head pushes against the muscles and nerves in your pelvic floor, and occasional discomfort when you sit down too quickly. This is known as ligament pain and is very normal during the last weeks of pregnancy. You may also experience an increase in milky vaginal discharge.

Pregnancy week 38 Mother beige
Partner

Partner

Your baby could arrive at any time now. You can help with all the practical arrangements such as making sure your partner’s hospital bag is packed with all you might need. This includes hygiene items, comfy clothes and maybe a granola bar or something else you like.

Listening to music can be a fantastic experience when you’re giving birth. What about creating a playlist together?

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