By Pregnancy week 38, the lanugo and vernix have disappeared.
You are eight months and about two weeks pregnant. Get ready with your hospital bag and essentials. For many of the pregnant ladies, around this week multiple questions arise in their mind about their labor, postnatal care, etc. And so are you! You too are more anxious about your baby’s birth.
But do not worry, your situation is understandable. Read this post and learn what you can expect this week of pregnancy.
In Pregnancy week 38:
The weight of a baby varies between a boy and a girl. A baby boy weighs more than a baby girl.
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You may experience the following changes and symptoms during your 38th week of pregnancy:
Some above mentioned symptoms can be confused with the signs of labor. Stay calm and don’t hesitate to ask/call your doctor if you have any doubt!
Being in 38th week of pregnancy, you can expect true labor pains rather than false pains which was there in your previous weeks.
Below are few signs of labor that you can expect during your 38th week of pregnancy which indicates you will go into labor soon (thought it can’t be defined how soon as every pregnancy is different):
Below are the signs which indicates you are going through real labor. Yes! Time has come to meet your baby. So, rush to the hospital right away if you notice any sign mentioned below:
|Your cervix should be dilated to 10 centimetres, so baby can pass into the birth canal at delivery.|
| If you deliver your baby this week, still he/she is considered early term. A baby is considered full term if born between 39 and 40 weeks, and post-term used to describe babies who are born after 42 weeks. |
So, this week inducing labor naturally isn’t recommended. But if you have complications such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, a uterine infection, or a placental problem then inducing labor may be medically necessary.
However, if your doctor has advised you to go for C-section delivery, then the 39th week of pregnancy is the safer option unless and until there is a medical emergency.
|Don’t know what all should be there in your hospital bag? |
Carry the basic necessities and baby essential products in your bag. Prepare the bag for your stay in the hospital beforehand to avoid last minute panic.
Here are things that should be kept in your hospital bag:
Make sure to wash baby’s new clothes and towel in soft and mild detergent as newborns skin is very sensitive and vulnerable to skin rashes and itchiness.
Gear up to embrace the feeling of motherhood with all the love affection and joy. Do read about postpartum depression and warning signs to watch out for.
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