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38 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 38th Week of Pregnancy

Only two more weeks (or plus two more, max) before your baby makes his or her appearance!

At 38 weeks pregnant,you’re almost ready to welcome your little one into this world, and Heidi Murkoff wants to talk to you about the wonderful things happening this week!

At about seven pounds and 21 inches long on average, your bun in the oven is now a fully cooked loaf of bread. He’s still got some work ahead of him, though, before he makes his big debut. He’ll lose the vernix – that waxy coating that’s been protecting his fragile fetal skin from amniotic fluid – and he’ll shed any remaining lanugo – the fine hair that was temporarily covering his body.

Wondering where it all goes? Once the vernix and lanugo are shed into the surrounding amniotic fluid, your baby ingests them along with other waste products such as bile, urine, and old cells. These all percolate in those teeny intestines, ultimately winding up in his diaper as the very first, very dark green, and very sticky poop known as meconium. Might not be a tasty first meal for him, but it’s pretty efficient!

Also gearing up for the big day are your baby’s lungsm now fully mature, but still producing surfactant in large quantities to ensure that the transition from watery womb to wondrous world is a smooth one. Your little diver’s been practicing his breathing moves underwater for months, and he’s just about ready to try the real thing.

As baby prepares for life on the outside, the placenta, his lifeline in this underwater world, starts to slowly deteriorate. Not to worry! It still has plenty of life left to sustain your little one until the big day.

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  1. I thought I'm the only one feeling all these symptoms everyone is mumbling in the comment section,Glad to know I'm not alone. 😅😅😅
    Salute to all moms and Mommy to be. God bless on your big day.

  2. Im only 37 weeks but I bleed 7am today, we run to the hospital and they said I'm starting to labor but they send me home because I'm just 1cm. They want me to observe myself and if the pain is bearable, I cam go back to the hospital

  3. I am 38 weeks pregnant today!! I feel like I’ve been pregnant a lifetime. 😫 my son is breech he absolutely refuses to turn head down! I’m scheduled for a c-section In 9 days. I wish I could deliver him naturally but it looks like it’s not turning out that way. But I’m so exited to meet my little prince. ❤️

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