During week 38, your baby is beginning to produce surfactant. This is actually going to help him breathe during those first couple of days after birth.
What to Expect with Physiological Development
Right now your baby weighs close to 7 pounds and is measuring almost 21 inches in length. There are only two more weeks to go, and maybe two more on top of that, but nothing longer than that. Then you’ll have your baby in your arms.
Your 38 Week Ultrasound
During the week 38 ultrasound, you may notice your baby has a full head of hair. Some babies can have an inch of hair on their head already at this point in the pregnancy. While you won’t be able to see it on an ultrasound, your baby’s eyes have developed either the color blue, gray, or brown. By the time your baby’s one year old, you’ll know the actual color of her eyes.
You probably notice your baby making certain interesting movements, such as opening his mouth, sucking, and turning around. These are all continued developmental stages to help her get ready for life after birth. Opening her mouth will help her learn how to cry properly once she’s born.
Changes in You
Many of the changes in your body are likely going to be things you don’t even notice, such as cervical dilation. You’ll also probably begin to notice colostrum seeping from your breasts. Colostrum is a thin yellowish liquid that develops before breast milk. It is full of antibodies and will be incredibly important for your baby to consume to help protect her against viruses, bacteria, and infections.
What You Should be Doing
Now is the time to begin stocking up your freezer with a bunch of meals you’ll have after you return home from the hospital with your bundle of joy. The last thing you’re going to want to do is cook.
This can also help avoid you avoid some of the doldrums and frustrations you may experience because of the size of your belly, pain in your lower back, and more.
Ending Week 38
Get your ‘go bag’ ready. This should include pajamas that will fit you while you’re pregnant, phone numbers, email addresses, and other personal items you want to have with you in the hospital. Keep in mind that your labor can take many hours and even days. You want to be comfortable during the hospital stay.
It’s also a good idea to realize that after birth, many hospitals will keep mothers and their babies there for at least one to two days. Make sure you bring plenty of stuff to keep you comfortable.