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Pregnancy

      Pregnancy calendar - Week 38

      Toddler and bump

      Your baby’s development

      At 38 weeks pregnant your baby is now fully developed and is using these last couple of weeks to lay down fat. At about 49 or 50cm long, they weigh near to 6lb 6oz. Your baby can hear your voice, so make sure to talk and even sing to them – it’ll familiarise them with who you are and remind them that you’re important!

      You & your body

      You might be finding it increasingly difficult to get proper sleep during late pregnancy, especially at night, so getting the maximum amount of rest during the day time, with your feet up, can compensate a little.

      Although your weight gain has almost come to an end, you may be feeling worried or scared  in other ways as you feel increasingly apprehensive about labour. Go over your birth plan to make sure it’s clear in your head and talk to your birth partner about it too.

      As this can be a confusing time for any other young children in your family, involve them in the excitement to help manage their natural feelings of jealousy.

      Did you know?

      A common sign that your pregnancy is nearing its end is a ‘show’ - this is when the mucus plug that seals the womb comes away (you may notice it when you go to the loo).  This doesn’t necessarily mean that labour is about to start, but usually means it will happen soon.

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      *Weaning is recommended at around 6 months. Please speak with a healthcare professional before introducing solid foods.

       

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      Ready to stop worrying about what other people think and do what feels right to you? We’ll give you the support you need to follow your instincts and enjoy parenthood to the max:

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      Tips from real parents

      *Weaning is recommended at around 6 months. Please speak with a healthcare professional before introducing solid foods.

       

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