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Pregnancy Week 38

Here we are two weeks from our EDD! Hopefully you aren’t too bored with all my pregnancy updates, but these are my last few days or weeks so they will be over soon (then you get to hear about Shelby )

I had a great 38 week appointment. Based on feeling Shelby from the outside of my stomach my midwife thinks she may be around 7 lbs to 7 and a half pounds at birth. Which is kinda what I feel like too.

I also started the oh so fun prodromal labor. I spent a few nights with contractions for an hour or so before they fizzled out but boy were they annoying! That dull menstrual like ache with a rock hard stomach is really annoying when it’s false labor.

total weight gain is one pound. Midwife was happy, said I did great with my weight. I am hoping this means I am able to get down to where I want to be quickly, and I am sure breastfeeding will help!

nothing new this week, baby is still high, she gets lots of hiccups and I just love feeling her practicing breathing.

Your Baby in Week 38 of Pregnancy

Hey, your little one isn’t so little anymore, weighing close to seven pounds and measuring 20 inches long. Fetal development is nearly complete as your baby tends to a few last-minute details like shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo. She’s also producing more surfactant, a substance that prevents the air sacs in her lungs from sticking to one another once she starts to breathe. Most of the changes this week are small but important: She’s continuing to add fat (so she can take advantage of all those photo ops by sporting a round, cute baby look!) and fine-tuning her brain and nervous system (so she can deal with all the stimulation that awaits her once she makes her entrance into the world).

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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 14,11, 5 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in Texas.

6 Responses to “Pregnancy Week 38”

  1. Marcie W. says:

    Awww I love that big ole baby belly and SO jealous of only a ONE pound gain. My lowest gain with my 3 kids was 47lbs and she was born at 36 weeks!

  2. Eileen says:

    You’re getting so close! I can’t wait to hear all about Shelby 🙂

    I can’t believe you kept it to 1 pound of weight gain so far! I am 26 weeks and have managed to stay to below or at my pre-pregnancy weight…and then in the last couple weeks baby girl had a growth spurt and now I’m up 4 pounds. Eek!

  3. Patti says:

    Wow, you look wonderful! I can’t wait to see more about Shelby.

  4. Heather says:

    Your looking good! I imagine it’s a 1 pound wt gain from the last visit, right?!

  5. Andrea says:

    You look great! And only a 1# gain??? Wow! Congrats! I pray you new little girl comes for you soon, and the labor goes easy! 🙂

  6. Karen G says:

    Love the baby belly…..but so jealous!! I see no stretch marks!! I have tons!

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