38 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week
The next few weeks your primary job is to wait and listen to your baby. Notice every change of the movements – their intensity and frequency. Swelling in your feet and ankles will last just a few weeks more. Be patient; it will pass soon. But, if you notice that swelling is excessive and that your face suddenly swells, and you gained some more weight, tell your doctor what is happening, because it may be a condition called preeclampsia. It is severe, and you will need to be hospitalized.
The baby is ready for labor and if it is born in the 38th week or after, she is considered to be born “in the term.” The first baby’s stool, green meconium, is now in the intestines. It stimulates intestines to work. The size of the head and abdomen of the baby is about the same. Baby in this period can gain up to 0.05 pounds a day. Its weight is now about seven pounds, and its length is near 20 inches.
Tip for this week
If you intend to breastfeed your child, you need to do some things to prepare yourself for it and to make breastfeeding easier.
Ask the doctor to let you and your baby have skin-to-skin contact immediately after the birth. Let it lie on your chest as soon as possible. It will also be good to ask for help if you experience any trouble in breastfeeding while you are in the hospital. Get the hang with your baby before you go home!
Feed your baby whenever it asks for it. It will be around 8-12 times per 24 hours. It is significant for making a bond with your child.
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