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Pregnancy Week 38

Most people are quite relieved to be pregnant when they enter week 38. But now it's not far off. Sleep many times a day to gather strength.

The fetus in week 38

The fetus is now 36 weeks old. It is about 48 inches long and weighs about 3,200 grams. The baby can put on as much as 30 grams a day, so it has become good and possible.

The fetus can still move in the womb, but it is getting really crowded. Therefore, fetal movements may change somewhat, they become more slippery than before.

Pregnancy Week 38

The little one (which now feels pretty big where it is located) is also starting to become fully developed. The brain is already fully developed, the grip is firmer and the child automatically tries to turn to the light. The last organ to mature is the lungs. Most of the wax-like layer that has covered the baby's skin is now gone.

The placenta is growing and the uterus has passed your chest.

Being pregnant in week 38

You are probably starting to feel really good about being pregnant now. If you get the opportunity, make sure to sleep several times a day.

Many pregnant women wake up several times at night. It is impossible to find a comfortable lying posture and the uterus presses hard against the bladder, which means you have to go to the toilet frequently. Visit Bestaah for quality and affordable maternity bras.

Some people also feel that their fingers swell or fade away. It is uncomfortable and occurs because nerves get trapped in the wrists.

Do you experience false amplifiers? They are called contractions and can be really strong and painful. However, as long as they do not come too regularly, they are not real boosters. Contractions are the way of the uterus to train before delivery without affecting the cervix. It is only when they arrive more regularly - as well as at a steadily short space - that this is a prelude and the birth is near.

Good tips for week 38

The best tip for you who are pregnant in week 38 - and generally during these last weeks before birth - is to relax as much as possible. Sleep well several times during the day.

Also, you should not hang up too much on the estimated delivery date. Only around 6 percent of all children are born just at the estimated birth date. It can happen at any time - even before!

Also remind your partner of this - when you call him now it is up to him to answer. It might be a situation to agree that, for example, you send a text message before if you just want to talk without something on G, so that he not only rushes out of an important meeting because of a "false alarm".

On a pregnancy check in week 38, your midwife or doctor will check the usual things: blood pressure, weight, urine test, SF measurements and fetal heart sounds. They will also ask if you feel movements or kicking the baby in the stomach. Be sure to ask about everything you think about childbirth; it may be the last chance before it starts!

When are you going to the hospital?

Are you wondering if the birth is at G? You should contact the maternity ward or your midwife:

  • When the painkillers are painful, they increase in intensity and come every 10-15 minutes.
  • If there is flow of fresh blood or major bleeding.
  • If amniotic fluid goes, with or without preambles.
  • If you have a long way to the hospital and are unsure if the precursors have started.

Are you afraid that the birth will start so quickly that you won't be able to get to the hospital? In fact, it rarely happens. If you live in a city with a long route to the maternity ward, you probably already have a plan together with your midwife or doctor.

HIV infection during pregnancy

About a quarter of all children born of HIV-infected mothers become infected with HIV. If a pregnant woman is HIV-infected, antiviral treatment will be offered to reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to the child to less than 5%. To further reduce the risk of transmission to the child, caesarean sections are recommended. If the woman has an immeasurable virus in her blood, she can give birth vaginally without the increased risk of infection to the baby. If the baby is born uninfected, the risk of transmission through breastfeeding is about 15%, which discourages the mother from breastfeeding. For further information see the website INFPREG - Knowledge Center for Infections in Pregnancy.


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