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
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.
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
The placenta is growing and the uterus has passed
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
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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
- If amniotic fluid goes, with or without
- 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