What To Expect When You Are 38 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy week 38 weight gain in the baby is rapid which results in the baby almost weighing 6.3 pounds. The length of the baby will now remain constant at 19 to 20 inches till the baby is actually delivered. The baby will keep putting on weight till the day it is delivered so as to ensure a safe and healthy birth. After the baby is born the doctors will conduct an Apgar test wherein the doctor provides an evaluation of the overall level of health of the baby. This test will take into consideration the baby’s color immediately after birth, the baby’s reflexes, the baby’s heart rate and muscle tone as well as the baby’s respiration. A high score in the Apgar test ...

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...will indicate how well the baby will handles the postpartum period and on the other hand a low score indicates that there is a need for further tests or the baby needs to be placed under observation for some time.

Pregnancy Week 38 Symptoms

Many pregnant women in week 38 notice that they have gained anymore weight nor is there a change in the size of their belly. However if the baby has dropped further into the pelvis then the belly appears to be at a lower position than before. Pregnancy week 38 symptoms include a swelling in the ankles of the pregnant woman and also an anxiety about the entire process of labor and birth. It is advisable that woman in pregnancy week 38 visit their birthing center to ensure that they are aware where everything is available so that there is no confusion on the day of the delivery. Another common pregnancy week 38 symptom experienced by most women is what is commonly known as “false labor” wherein  a series of contraction are experienced in the back, abdomen , pelvis and various other parts of the body.

Actual labor can be differentiated by the fact that real labor pains tend to begin from the top of the uterus and then slowly move to the whole uterus. When you are 38 weeks pregnant, symptoms such as electrical buzzle in your vagina and down your legs starts bothering you. This happens because your baby hits some nerves as it settles in your pelvis. When you are 38 weeks pregnant symptoms such as Braxton-Hicks contractions may also be experienced by you. These contractions are quite painful and can be irregular as well. These contractions are felt in your hips, back, pelvis and lower abdomen. The difference between these 38 week pregnant symptoms and real contractions are that the real signs start from the uterus’s top and then spread over the entire uterus. True labor pains progressively increase and do not go away on changing positions. Some other 38 weeks pregnancy symptoms include changes in your breast. The fullness and tenderness of your breast increases and the areola also darkens. Other 38 weeks pregnant symptoms include the urge to pee frequently. This happens because uterus has grown and is putting pressure on your bladder.

It is in this third trimester that stretch marks begin to show on your belly. In addition, 38 weeks pregnant signs include swelling in your ankles and feet. This is quite normal, but if there is excessive swelling or puffiness in your face or around your eyes, you should call you doctor without any delay. Also let your doctor know if you have any headaches that persist or visual changes such as blurred vision, flashing lights, or spots or loss of vision (temporary). Using a 38 weeks symptoms pregnancy calendar gives you all information you need to know about being 38 weeks pregnant. Some other symptoms include diarrhea, itchy abdomen, difficulty sleeping, enlarged breasts and colostrum, and fatigue or extra energy. In the 38 weeks, baby symptoms include the baby shedding its skin-protecting lanugo and vernix. Also, 38 weeks fetus signs include the fetus producing a substance called surfactant. Your baby is not so little by now and weighs almost 7 pounds and is about 20 inches in length. Around this time your baby is also fine-tuning its nervous system and brain and also adding on body fat.

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On account of the baby moving closer to the pelvis during pregnancy week 38, there is added physical pressure on the bladder which in turn results in the mother frequenting the bathroom more in the weeks to come. If the pregnant woman is expecting a boy then by pregnancy week 38 the boy’s testicles may have descended into the scrotum and in case of a baby girl the labia would have developed fully by pregnancy week 38.

38 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

When you are 38 weeks pregnant, an ultrasound shows that your baby is fully developed. In fact if your baby is born any time after this, he/she is considered to be full term and there are no problems. If everything is fine in your 20-week ultrasound, you may not need a 38 weeks pregnancy ultrasound. Your doctor will keep track of the growth of the baby and will also ensure that you are healthy by testing your blood samples and urine and measuring your blood sugar. Sometimes when you are 38 weeks pregnant, an ultrasound will be ordered by your doctor if he/she feels that the baby is smaller or bigger than expected.

When you are 38 weeks pregnant a sonography is done if you are suffering from a medical condition or if you have had any issues with your earlier pregnancies. Also, when you are 38 weeks pregnant, an ultrasound may also be done if you are expecting twins. By doing this, you can make sure that the growth of your babies is normal; this is because simply taking measurements of the fundal height cannot help differentiate between the babies. In some cases, one of the two might slow down, in which case your babies are sometimes delivered early. In a 38 weeks pregnant ultrasound, a gender test can tell you the sex of your child, but most people are aware of the child’s sex from ultrasounds done in some earlier week. By now your baby flexes and stretches, moves its legs and arms, closes and opens its hands, wiggles its toes and fingers, and all this can be seen in a 38 weeks pregnant 3D ultrasound. Ultrasound scans are considered safe and have been in use for many years. There have been no side-effects found; however, they shouldn’t be done without any clear reason.

38 Weeks Pregnant Weight Gain

When you are 38 weeks pregnant weight gain is quick as your baby during this stage of the pregnancy gains around 28 g per day. The size of the baby around this time is that of a medium watermelon. When you are 38 weeks pregnant, the weight gain is seen in the size of your belly. In fact, around this time, the contour of your belly will change as the belly will drop as a result of your baby turning downwards and getting ready to enter the world. When you are 38 weeks pregnant, weight gain should be no more than 1 pound from this stage and all other weeks that follow. The amount of weight you gain during your pregnancy depends on your BMI (body mass index) prior to the pregnancy. If you are carrying one child the amount of weight gain you should put on is as follows:

  • If you are underweight, your weight gain aim should be around 28 to 40 pounds;
  • If you are of normal weight then look to put on about 25 to 35 pounds;
  • For those who are overweight aim for about 15 to 25 pounds weight gain; and
  • Those who are obese should put on only 11 to 20 pounds.

When pregnant for 38 weeks, fetus weight gain becomes difficult to assess. This is because the head of your baby may be a bit low to be able to get a proper measurement. Even if when you are 38 weeks pregnant weight gain is measured, it might not give you the actual weight of the baby as other factors such as the length of your baby cannot be taken into consideration even though you may be able to take measurements of its abdomen. A 38 weeks pregnancy calendar can be used to find out more about yours and your baby’s weight.

38 Weeks Pregnant Bleeding

When 38 weeks pregnant, bleeding is quite common and blood could be coming deep from your uterus or from your cervix. A scan can help you decide if the baby is affected by the bleeding, but can seldom tell you what the cause of it is. If you are 38 weeks pregnant and bleeding occurs, it could be due to some amniotic leak. It is important that you get in touch with your midwife or doctor if in your 38 weeks of pregnancy period bleeding occurs. They will be able to tell you if it is due to some amniotic leak or if it is preterm labor. Sometimes, when you are 38 weeks pregnant, bleeding could be due to an internal examination which was done. Keep in mind that bleeding during pregnancy third trimester indicates health problems.

When you are carrying for 38 weeks and bleeding during pregnancy, it could be due to a rupture in your uterine. This could be dangerous as bleeding occurs due to a disrupted surgical scar in your uterine. In some cases when you are 38 weeks pregnant and bleeding it could be due to placenta previa. This is a condition wherein the placenta is positioned in such a way that it covers your birth canal. In your 38 weeks pregnant period, this condition could cause you painless bleeding from your vagina. Sometimes cervical problems could lead to 38 weeks fetus bleeding. This type of bleeding could be due to various problems such as cervical infection, cervical incompetence, cervical growths and other such infections. At 38 weeks implantation bleeding does not occur. This type of bleeding generally occurs in the first two weeks of your pregnancy. If bleeding occurs when you are 38 weeks pregnant there is no need to panic. However, this does not mean that you neglect any bleeding that occurs. Always consult your health care provider.

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