Pregnancy Week by Week

Pregnancy Week by Week: 38 Weeks

At 38 weeks pregnant, your baby is now full-term, which means that if your baby were born today, he or she would be considered a full-grown baby.
 
Your baby is now about 14 inches, from crown to rump. From head to toe, he or she can measure anywhere from 19 inches to 21 inches. Your baby weighs around 6 pounds, 13 ounces. However, at this point in pregnancy, baby length and weight can vary significantly.
 
Fetal development that is occurring around week 38 of pregnancy may include the following:
 
  • Your baby will be growing about an ounce a day
  • Your baby's intestines continue to accumulate meconium (baby's first bowel movement)
  • The circumference of the head and the abdomen are about the same size
  • The testicles have descended into the scrotum (for boys)
  • The labia are completely developed (for girls).
 
Because your due date is fast approaching, there are three kinds of labor that you should be familiar with: pre-labor, false labor, and real labor.
 
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Pregnancy Week by Week: 39 Weeks

By the time you are 39 weeks pregnant, your baby is likely between 19.5 and 21.5 inches long, from head to toe (14.5 inches from crown to rump) and may weigh around 7 pounds. You should be watching for signs of labor, such as false labor contractions, real labor contractions, and the rupture of the amniotic sac.
 
Developments in your baby during week 39 of your pregnancy may include the following:
 
  • Toenails and fingernails have grown to the tips of the toes and fingers
  • The arm and leg muscles are strong
  • Your baby is practicing lung movements
  • Your baby sheds the fuzzy layer of lanugo hair.
 
By now, you are probably feeling quite large and uncomfortable. Your center of gravity has shifted, which means that you may be clumsier than ever toward the end of your pregnancy.
 
You may also experience:
 
 
You should be watching for signs of labor during week 39 of pregnancy. Labor can happen soon, or it may still be weeks away. False labor contractions, which may be as painful and as strong as labor contractions, may begin this week. False labor contractions can get better if you change positions.
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