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By the time you are 38 weeks pregnant, your baby is considered "full term." In other words, if your baby were born today, he or she would be considered a full-grown baby. At week 38 of your pregnancy, your baby is approximately 19 to 21 inches long from head to toe and can weigh nearly 7 pounds. Now that you're 38 weeks pregnant, it is a good time to know the characteristics of the three types of labor: prelabor, false labor, and real labor.

38 Weeks Pregnant: An Overview

You are 38 weeks pregnant -- well into the final days of your pregnancy! Only three weeks to go!
During week 38 of pregnancy, you may be aware of your body rapidly changing, preparing for the birth of your baby! You may be waiting for your water to break, to get the show on the road! But only 10 percent of women actually have their water break on its own. Many times, the doctor breaks it when you are in labor at the hospital.
Now is probably a good time to start sticking closer to home -- no extravagant vacations … just in case.
When you are 38 weeks pregnant, your baby is 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.
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