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Pregnancy calendar - week 38

Deborah Sue, Advisory Service Manager

Delivery is not far off now but that probably means you’re getting more nervous about labour. This is understandable so if you want to chat about your last-minute worries, give us a call at Kariclub and we’ll be happy to help.

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Your baby’s development

Now you’re nearly full-term, your baby is fully developed and is using these last couple of weeks to lay down fat stores. At about 49 or 50cm long, they weigh close to 3kg. In the next few weeks your baby will be gaining almost 30 grams every day in preparation for the birth. Your baby can hear your voice, so it’s great to talk and even sing to them

 

Did you know?

A common sign that your pregnancy is nearing its end is a ‘show’ - this is when the mucus plug that seals the womb comes away from your cervix (you may notice it when you go to the toilet). This doensn’t necessarily mean that labour is about to start - the plug can release anywhere from a few weeks before, to the time when you actually go into labour - but it’s definitely a sign that the big day is not far away!

You & your body

You might be finding it increasingly difficult to get proper sleep during late pregnancy, especially at night, so getting the maximum amount of rest during the day, with your feet up, can compensate a little.

You may be feeling worried or scared in other ways as you feel increasingly apprehensive about labour. Go over your birth plan with your birth partner to make sure it’s clear in both of your heads.

This can sometimes be a bit of a confusing time for any other young children in your family, so it’s good to involve them in the excitement to help manage any natural feelings of jealousy or being left out.

Have you tried Kariclub's free Careline?

The Kariclub Careline lets you chat privately with an experienced mum, dietitian or midwife here to help you put your mind at rest on your journey from pregnancy to being a mum. It's completely free, and no question is too big or small! Call us on 1800 258 268, email us, or use LiveChat to connect with our friendly team today.