38 Weeks Pregnant

How is Your Baby Growing at 38 Weeks?

Your baby is almost ready to be born. Their hands are fully formed and they have fingernails and toenails. Their first bowel movement (called meconium) consists of broken-down vernix and lanugo and this may be released during birth.

 week 38 foetus

How Big is Your Baby at 38 Weeks?

At 38 weeks, your baby is 50 cm (about the size of a stick of rhubarb) and weighs 3 kg.

 

What Happens at 38 Weeks?

Your midwife or doctor will be closely monitoring you at this stage. Your labour could start any time, so make sure you’ve got your hospital bags packed.

 

What Symptoms Will You Have at 38 Weeks?

Your Braxton Hicks contractions will be stronger and more frequent at this stage. If you notice that your contractions become painful and occur within less than 30 seconds of one another, it might be a sign of labour. Contact your midwife or GP if you’re concerned.