in

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.

You May also Like
Wow. This is amazing!
0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
20 Comments
Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lucky Koi
Lucky Koi
1 year ago

142

Hyacinth Niemann
Hyacinth Niemann
1 year ago

I'm so tired, y'all 😓

Sidney Ashten Music
Sidney Ashten Music
1 year ago

38 weeks and 2 days !!

Atto 1988
Atto 1988
1 year ago

I feel its been ages am pragnant 😢😢😢😢😢😢 its a whole year i guess

Phillip Shepard
Phillip Shepard
1 year ago

I'm 33 weeks today can't wait to see my baby boy💙👣👶Lemanuel L.S. 😭

Mary Mauya
Mary Mauya
10 months ago

Remain few weeks to meet my first precious baby😍😍😍😍😍 . thank you lord Jesus

HaiSun Gahd
HaiSun Gahd
10 months ago

Im 38 weeks today. Last night I was feeling some movements through my side. I was feeling him practice breathing. The time is close now!!!

Alyyah Muhammad
Alyyah Muhammad
9 months ago

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. ❤️

Ch bilal
Ch bilal
8 months ago

Reached 38 weeks feel i will be pregnant forever .so much tired 😑

Jhennica SAmboy
Jhennica SAmboy
6 months ago

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

Mussadiq Mahmood Danish Official
Mussadiq Mahmood Danish Official
6 months ago

🥰

Rhondasha Hunter
Rhondasha Hunter
5 months ago

I made 38 weeks today got 2weeks left I’m so scared even through this is my 2 kid but my 1st kid I didn’t have contractions so

Pumkin Montana
Pumkin Montana
5 months ago

2 more weeks I meet my son im 38 weeks today 😩💙 yayy

Samantha Little
Samantha Little
5 months ago

Who's due in mid September or Early October 2020…..Count down

Amber xx
Amber xx
5 months ago

38 weeks today! Baby girl needs to hurry up 💓

Oh jala
Oh jala
4 months ago

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.

sultan king
sultan king
3 months ago

From which time we can start counting by weeks first day of last monstration period or from conception date ?

Elizabeth Querry
Elizabeth Querry
3 months ago

I wont hit 38 weeks, but almost. I have to get induced next week because I have cholestasis…

shauntel morris
shauntel morris
2 months ago

I’m 38 weeks today and I am dragging this baby in me.. I’m ready!

Drea A
Drea A
1 month ago

I'm 38+1 today. I can't wait to meet you baby.

Posted By Claire

Claire is our Community Manager here at New Moms Forum. A mom of two (almost grown-up babies), Claire has been building and operating community-based websites for almost 20 years. In her downtime, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and drinking copious amounts of red wine!

37 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 37th Week of Pregnancy

39 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 39th Week of Pregnancy