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Your Third Trimester - Week 38


Week 38 


What's Happening To Your Body

Frequent urination is very likely from now until the time of your baby's birth because your baby is lying deep in your pelvis, leaving your bladder compressed.

This may be a good time to consult your baby's doctor regarding circumcision, if you haven't already. The decision may depend upon religion or personal choice.

Some women experience depression late in pregnancy. This can be due to a combination of factors: anxiety about the birth and the arrival of the baby, fatigue from lack of sleep, pain and discomfort, and a desire to be done with pregnancy and get their bodies back. If you feel this way, know that you're not alone. Talk to your partner and healthcare provider for tips and support.


What's Happening To Your Baby

Your baby is the size of a celery bunch. Your baby measures approximately 19.6 inches (49.8 cm) long from head to heel, or roughly the length of a leek. At this point your baby weighs 6.5 to 7.0 pounds (2.9 to 3.2 kg).

Believe it or not, your baby may have taken its first bowel movement. The waste is a greenish-black substance called meconium and either passed in the womb or is stored in its intestines and will be excreted after birth. 

Your baby is practicing breathing and urinating, and can use its fingers to grasp very tightly.


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