Pregnancy week 38

Pregnancy guide: week 38 of being pregnant - If you have older children make sure you've made arrangements for childcare when you do give birth.

Due dates are only a guide, so it is worth packing your bag if you are planning a hospital birth. Alternatively gather together the things you'll need for a home birth. If you have older children make sure you've made arrangements for childcare when you do give birth. If you have other children, avoid jealousy later by involving them in the excitement.

You may find it hard to sleep at night, so try and rest during the day with your feet up. You will not put on much more weight now. You may have mixed emotions about birth, eager to see your baby but at the same time apprehensive about labour.

Your baby

A boy's testicles will have dropped into the scrotum and a girl's breasts may be swollen due to the hormones, but will flatten after birth. Your baby is now very close to full-term height and weight. Your baby's fingernails are getting long and may even have scratched her face.

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38 weeks tomorrow, no signs of the little man showing yet, bit worried now as 1st child. Have been having period sort of pains on and off since last night, does this mean anything? Any advice would be great. Good luck everyone
by hberry 8th Nov 2010, 11:22am
i'm 38 weeks + and suffering 4th pregnancy and most defo the last
by melliejay 14th May 2010, 5:33pm
Hi, im 38 weeks pregnant and getting perirod like pains, there mostly stronger in the mornings im just wondering is this maybe a sign of labour? this is my first (and last Haha) child.
:) x
by Joolie 14th May 2010, 4:53pm
hi, i am 38 weeks pregnant but my baby is measuring 44 weeks!!! i also have strep there any1 out there that can offer advice. this is my 4th but its been over 17 years since i had my last baby. please help. lol. oh and i had a show this morning 2
by gailsie 14th Jan 2010, 9:25am
i am exactly the same Dh09!!! im 38 weeks today and had a show on monday but Nothing a lot of BH but THATS IT!!!!! lol
my midwife has scheduled me in for a sweep in 2 weeks i cant wait.. does it hurt?? x
by catXxXx 6th Dec 2009, 5:57pm
I am 38 weeks tomorrow and had enough. I can't stand or walk for long without getting cramp in the top my leg and hip witch can really hurt. And baby hasn't calmed down. Had a show a week today and still waiting for something to happen
by Dh09 2nd Dec 2009, 9:05am
Im 38 weeks with my 4th child 1st boy and i can honestly say never again
by Rach2014 4th Sep 2009, 10:24am
Elliott's on his way!
i'm 38 wks 1 day with my second boy and really looking forward to labour, i had a show last night so i'm hoping it won't be far off now.
I've had a trouble free pregnancy, no sickness, illness, aches or pains so apart from needing anti D injections i feel pretty normal except for dressing my feet!, my bump gets in the way now.
I'm still quite small for my term, i measure 33 inches across my tum and weigh 9st 5lbs so i'm pleased with that too.
it's not all grumps and feeling low, just remember you'll soon be meeting ur bundle of joy and all the aches and trauma will be over with as you soon forget about them - till next time ;)
best wishes ladies xXx
by saskibeau 22nd Apr 2009, 9:10am
hi ladies! in 38 wks tomorrow and like the rest of u ive had enough now too!!This is my 2nd child & i was late with my first so heres hopeing im early with this one.Thought i was in labour on monday night with really bad pains, (like period pains), even phoned the labour ward but they died down again and turned out to be nothing.I think i had overdone it with cleaning during the day!!!
just wanted to say to fionella to keep her chin up youve done well and its nearlly over with, with your partner, im sure you will cope if u have 2 kids already tell to buck up his ideas or butt out!! you dont need a 4th kid!! thinking of u xx
by christinakhettab 9th Apr 2009, 9:25am
I'm 38 weeks now and i'm feeling really low and depressed, just want it all over with, this is my 3rd. i was 10 days late with my first and my 2nd was born at 35 weeks. i've seen the midwife today and she sais the baby is engaged now but i've heard they can pop in and out when they please, My partner has been very un-supportive at the moment if he's not working he's drinking, and at this moment in time i dont know where he is, probably the pub!! I've been taking Raspberry leaf tablets for about 2 weeks but they dont seem to be doing anything,I've tried long walks which just seem to be leaving me in pain, I've had some period like pain in the last week but by morning its stopped. Just want it all over with now.xx
by fionella 23rd Mar 2009, 9:09am
im 38 weeks pregnant and also have had enough i have pain on my hands where they are swollen pain under my belly sometimes walking is painful, wake up every morning in pain just hope i dont get depressed before the babys born.
by yazzy1 20th Mar 2009, 9:11am
I'm 38 + 4, and having bad period pains which seemed to be worse last night. Is anyone else getting them at this stage? I'm wondering if theyre just pressure pains?! xx
by juju1979 5th Mar 2009, 9:17am
Ive heard of a few people trying clary sage to bring on labour. You can buy it from Holland & Barratt and you can put it in your bath as an essential oil and it can bring on contractions and it seems to have been quite successful. Worth a go!
by kaylynn040485 3rd Mar 2009, 9:20am
I'm 38+4 weeks now & I have had enough. Only because I have not only been in pain with SPD for the past 4months but the baby is sat on my organs and it is starting to get more than uncomfy, getting painful, especially in the evenings. Baby has had a growth spurt over the past couple of days but I don't think s/he is engaged & I haven't had a show yet. Just seems like nothing is happening. Can't cope with waking up in pain for much longer. That is, if I do sleep. One night I was wide awake for 5 hrs!! I have tried pineapple, peaches, sex, squats. I can't take walks or baths cause of SPD. Not tried the tea or curry yet so that is next. Please, I want to meet my Jelly Baby soon!xx
by JELLYJO 25th Feb 2009, 9:25am
What should I pack for the Hospital
by Nita12 28th Jan 2009, 9:01am
I'm 38 weeks pregnant with my first. I've not been sleeping very well, and feel generally irritable and moody. Baby is very low down and was 4/5 engaged at last appointment 2 weeks ago. Been losing mucus for 2 weeks, and have terrible back pain and Braxton Hicks are now painful and more frequent, especially in the evenings. Morning sickness and nausea have made a delightful comeback over the last week! Time seems to have stopped and it feels like I have been pregnant for my whole entire life!! Only 2 weeks to go, or at most 4. I'm so incredibley excited about meeting my baby, but she'll come when she's ready, and i'm making the most of my time off and the luxury of being able to sleep during the day infront of the telly! Enjoy your last couple of weeks! I completely know what you mean when you say that you're fed up. I'm in that place right now. Some people love being pregnant, and others don't!
by singlemum2be 15th Dec 2008, 8:54am
Hi im 38 weeks into my first pregnancy and im going mad carrying this huge bump around im in pain from head to toe and, i dont know how women do this more than once, if anyone knows some home remidies to induce labour it would be apreciated, iv drank the respberry leaf tea, ate the pinapple, had the long walks, the sex and even the caster oil nothings helping im at my wits end
by shabba1211 19th Nov 2008, 9:08am
Hi i am 38 weeks now and feel tired and fed up i cant wait for it to be over with i have had spd for the last month and half anyone else been through the same
by angela71 11th Feb 2008, 9:25am