Week 38 of pregnancy

38 weeks pregnant

In the 38th week of pregnancy, it is very common for the birth to occur. In fact, the mom feels that the contractions are more and more frequent, so she has to be very attentive and go to the hospital if she thinks that her symptoms may indicate that the delivery is near.

The baby in week 38

The uterus is no longer the essential environment for the baby’s maturation to continue. Some devices continue their development after birth, such as the nervous system, but the baby is already able to live normally outside the womb .

Its size depends on the development of the pregnancy and the parents’ own inheritance, but it will continue to grow and gain weight until the last day of pregnancy. The average length is 50 centimeters and the weight is 3,300 grams.

Mom in week 38 of pregnancy

At this point of pregnancy the mother will feel one thing especially: fatigue . You will have difficulty resting at night, and during the day the minimum effort is great. The most usual thing is that the pregnant woman does not feel like doing anything, and the best thing to do is to stay relaxed and rest in the face of childbirth.

Any symptom that suggests to the mother that the birth has begun, is enough to consult with the doctor, since it is better to prevent when the pregnancy is so advanced.

As in the rest of the pregnancy, but giving greater importance if possible, the hygiene of the intimate parts should be extreme. At this time the vaginal discharge is thick and abundant, urinates frequently, and the orifices are dilated. With proper hygiene , infections that impede the development of a normal delivery are avoided . It is also important that the mother knows if she has ever had a genital herpes, and be alert in case during these days she notices the typical sting that indicates that an outbreak will recur.

Tests in week 38 of pregnancy

The cardiotocographic record of the baby is added to the gynecological and ultrasound exams . It consists in placing the mother a few detectors for her gut to record the heartbeat of the baby and the contractions of the uterus. Typically, when the uterus contracts, the baby’s heart can beat faster for a few seconds. This indicates that everything is going well and that the baby is in good health.