At 38 weeks your baby weighs 6.8 pounds and measures over 19 1/2 inches. She is really crowded in your womb but she folds and flexes her elbows and feet to make her more comfy. She may kick you a little bit so don’t be alarmed. You may feel your baby hiccuping now, this is because she is inhaling the amniotic fluid so she can practice her breathing. The placenta is probably as large as it is going to get, which is about 6 to 8 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Your baby’s umbilical cord can be between 12 and 39 inches, but most are close to 21 inches. Her organs are fully developed and are prepared for life outside of the womb.
Most women find the next few weeks to be waiting time. Try to make the most out of your time and do things that you will not be able to do once the baby arrives. Take naps, catch up on your reading, etc.
During these last few weeks it is normal for your feet and ankles to start swelling. If you notice excessive or sudden swelling call your doctor immediately. If you see even slight swelling in your hands or on your face, or puffiness around your eyes call your doctor as well. Let her know if you’re experiencing severe headaches or any kind of visual changes, nausea or vomiting. These are all symptoms of a very serious condition called preeclampsia.
In response to the question, “What should I bring to the hospital?” – Nancy L. from Nebraska
- Photo ID, Insurance card and any other paperwork you may need in the hospital.
- Bathrobe, nightgown, slippers, and socks.
- Things that may help you relax, like,your own pillow, music etc.
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