Your Pregnancy - Week Thirty Eight
Week thirty-eight will bring some exiting times to your pregnancy. It is almost time for your baby to be born. He or she is getting bigger by the minute. Your baby weighs about six and three quarters pounds by this time and from crown to rump is about fourteen inches long.
Your baby will fill your entire uterus by this time. You may not feel your baby moving around as much as you did previously because there is not enough room. Your body will be supplying the baby with antibodies against disease. Remember that each and every baby is different and these are just averages. If you have any concerns bring them up to your healthcare practitioner.
During this part of your pregnancy you may experience some depression; this is a common occurrence, so do not be alarmed. If it is more than you think is normal speak to your healthcare provider. Remember that you are facing a major change in your life. It is normal to have these feelings.
You may be heavier this week. You will also find that you may have more vaginal discharge than in previous weeks. This is your body preparing for labor.
Your healthcare practitioner may take an ultrasound to determine how your baby is positioned. If his or her head is down, it will more than likely stay that way. If your baby is butt down, he or she will probably stay that way also. If your baby is positioned so that the butt is facing downwards, or breech, your healthcare provider may determine that a cesarean section is needed. There is another option; it is called an external version. This is when your healthcare provider will try and turn your baby by manipulating your abdomen. This is successful about sixty to seventy percent of the time. Be sure to discuss these things with your healthcare practitioner before you go into labor. By doing this you will know what to expect if complications may arise.
Week thirty-eight may also bring with it false labor. False labor contractions are irregular and can be very painful. These contractions may be felt in various parts of your body. You will experience pain in your back, lower abdomen, and pelvis. You may be able to differentiate between false labor contractions and real labor contractions by determining where the contractions begin. Real contractions start at the top of your uterus and then spread through your uterus, through your lower back and into your pelvis. True labor will become stronger and more painful and won't be alleviated by changing position. You will know the difference. Just to be on the safe side, if your contractions are a regular interval apart it may be best to alert your healthcare practitioner.
Remember that if you have any questions or concerns to please ask your healthcare provider.
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