PREGNANCY WEEK 38
This week of pregnancy, your baby is about 21 inches in length and weighs around 7 pounds.
Your baby's intestines are accumulating considerable meconium, a dark-green mass of cells and waste product from
the liver, pancreas, and gall bladder. The meconium in your baby's intestines will be eliminated shortly after
birth, but it sometimes can be eliminated before, if the birth is delayed too long.
By this week, your baby's toenails have reached the end of the toes and after your baby is born, you may need to
trim the fingernails and toenails. More below:
Changes in You:
You may be feeling increasingly uncomfortable by this week and feel as if you are running out of
space! Watch for signs of labor such as: Bloody show (loss of mucus plug), rupture of membranes (breaking of
waters), digestive disturbances (many women experience diarrhea or nausea at the onset of labor), spurts of energy,
During pregnancy, the cervical opening becomes blocked with a thick plug of mucus that prevents bacteria from
entering the uterus. When the cervix begins to thin and relax, this plug is sometimes discharged- a sign that
things could happen soon- although labor might still be up to a week away. This plug does not look like a cork, as
some women might expect, but more like stringy mucus or thick discharge. It can be clear, pink or blood-tinged and
can appear minutes, hours or even days before actual labor begins. Some women, however, don't notice it at all.