38 Weeks Pregnant
At 38 weeks, the average baby weighs 6.5 pounds and is over 19 inches in length. However, every baby is different and soon you’ll know your baby’s exact measurements.
What color will your baby’s hair be? What will he or she weigh? How long will your baby be? These are all questions you and your partner have been asking and discussing for nearly 9 months. Soon you will know!
38 Weeks Pregnant
The final touches are being added, a little more weight, a little more lung and brain development. All necessary to give your baby the healthiest start in life.
While you have wondered about the color of your baby’s eyes, nearly all babies are born with steel gray or dark blue eyes. These may change into a variation of green, hazel, or brown by the time your baby is 9 months old. If your baby is born with brown eyes, they will likely stay brown.
How You Are Changing
Not much has changed between this week and last. You’re still uncomfortable, you may still have several things to do, and you’re likely feeling Braxton Hicks contractions.
Right now it’s just a waiting game. Take some time for yourself because soon that will be in short supply.
While some swelling in your ankles and feet is normal, call your doctor immediately if you have sudden swelling in your feet, face or hands. This could be a sign of preeclampsia. Changes in your vision, intense abdominal pain or vomiting are also symptoms and you should contact your doctor or midwife if you experience any of them.
Preparing for Breastfeeding
If you decide to breastfeed your baby, it’s important to be prepared. Not only does this make the process easier, but when obstacles arise you will be better prepared to handle them.
- Have skin-to-skin contact with your baby right after birth.
- Don’t give up – nursing doesn’t always come naturally, so don’t get discouraged when things don’t go as you planned.
- Nurse your new baby frequently – every 2 hours, all day long
Breastfeeding is often initially uncomfortable and can be painful. First-time moms often experience raw or tender breasts around the nipple and areola.
Having painful breasts is sometimes an indication that your baby isn’t latched on properly. Your baby’s mouth should cover a large part of the areola and the nipple should be far back in your baby’s mouth. If you’re not sure, ask a nurse or lactation specialist while you’re in the hospital, they are there to help.