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Your pregnancy week by week: Week 38

Your baby has grown another 2.5 cm in length and has gotten some 200g heavier since Week 37. Just about two more weeks until you get to see your little one!

What’s happening to your body right now:

With two weeks left to go, your body is getting ready for life with baby. One way this happens is with leaky breasts, which many pregnant women experience. Your breasts are actually leaking colostrum, a thin yellowish liquid that is the precursor to breast milk. Colostrum is packed with antibodies to protect your newborn from infections. It has more protein, less fat, and less sugar than the breast milk that arrives later. Get used to the leaking as your breasts will only become increasingly leaky.

Wearing nursing pads in your bra can protect your clothes. Do note that not all women experience colostrum leakage, even though it is being produced in the breasts. Even if you don’t experience leakage, your breasts are still producing the nutrition your baby needs if you plan to breastfeed.

How your foetus is developing during pregnancy week by week:

Your baby is shedding vernix (the white substance that coats the skin of newborn babies) and lanugo (the fine soft baby body hair) into the amniotic fluid. Your baby swallows that amniotic fluid and some of it winds up in his or her intestines, where it combines with other waste products to become your baby’s first bowel movement (meconium).

At the same time, your baby’s lungs continue to mature and produce more and more surfactant, which prevents the air sacs in his lungs from adhering to one another when he starts to breathe on his own.

This week, your baby also experiences other changes that, though small, are important. The little one gains fats and his brain and nervous system become fine-tuned to adapt to the stimulation that awaits his entry into the world.

What you can do right now:

Stock your freezer. When baby comes, you will definitely choose showers and bathroom breaks over the stove and washing the dishes.

Make sure the clothes you packed in your hospital bag still fit you and the snacks you packed still appeal to you.

Here’s one way to figure out whether or not you’re in labour: if the contractions are irregular and stop when you move around or change positions, you’re probably not.

What changes at Week 39?

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