38 Weeks Pregnant

By BSc, MSc (embryologist) and BA, MA (fertility counselor).
Last Update: 11/19/2014

This is the final stage of pregnancy, in two weeks time you’re most likely to be delivering, although these two weeks may seem eternal. At this moment you should be giving the final touches to the baby’s room, since once he’s born you won’t have much time.

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Normal symptoms

It’s normal that you feel swollen, especially the legs. Now you must be careful with some symptoms such as: severe headaches, blurred vision, and suddenly severely swollen face. These symptoms are typical from an illness named pre-eclampsia. If any of this should happen you must contact with your doctor immediately.

It is difficult to know the exact day when the baby will be born. You must be alert just in case the delivery date comes ahead of time: regular contractions, vaginal bleeding or water breaking indicate that the labour has begun.

Changes in the baby

During week 38 the nails of your child reach out beyond his fingertips. This means he can scratch and even hurt himself. He’s already able to get hold of things with his hands.

You may notice that he moves less now, and that instead of doing it with his whole body you just notice the movement of knees and feet and a prickling sensation when he presses the muscles of the pelvic floor.

At the end of this week he will be 49 cm long and will weigh 3,270 grams on average. If the weight of your child is located between 2,650 and 3,810 grams don’t worry, they are also considered normal values.

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Authors and contributors

 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Neus Ferrando Gilabert
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain). More information about Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Adapted into english by:
 Sandra Fernández
Sandra Fernández
BA, MA
Fertility Counselor
Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (English, Spanish, Catalan, German) from the University of Valencia (UV) and Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus (Edinburgh, UK). Postgraduate Course in Legal Translation from the University of Valencia. Specialist in Medical Translation, with several years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproduction. More information about Sandra Fernández

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