Week 38

38 weeksYour baby

  • Well there’s just no more room, so it’s a good job that growth slows down in the last two weeks
  • The baby’s bowels contain all the waste products built up in the past few weeks. Known as meconium, this is a black, tarry substance passed as poo by the baby in the first days after birth

You’ll be glad to know that your bump’s about as big as it’s going to get. This is often a time in pregnancy when it is difficult to make yourself comfortable and relax. The best position to sleep in bed is on your side, with your top leg resting over on a couple of pillows. When sitting upright in a chair, try putting your feet on a couple of cushions.

Have you or your partner practiced putting the baby seat in the car?

Most hospitals won’t let you go home without a baby seat in place. And do you know exactly where to go in the hospital when labour starts? Of course you may be planning a home birth, in which case the midwife will have supplied you with a home delivery pack.

Braxton Hicks

If you have been getting Braxton Hicks contractions, you may notice that these are beginning to strengthen now. You will probably pause for a moment wondering ‘is this it?’. You may even find that you make a couple of fruitless trips to the hospital – don’t worry if you do, you will certainly not be the first or last expectant mum who has done this!

Has your nesting instinct kicked in yet?

You may have more energy this week and will find yourself in a cleaning, dusting and ironing frenzy as you prepare your 'nest’ for the new arrival!

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