38 Weeks Pregnant

Week 38 photo
length ~ 19.6 in  |  49 cm     weight ~ 6.8 lbs  |  3 kg   /   Stuck in a holding pattern

Fetal development in week 38

The final fat details are being rounded off before your rocket-baby's big launch onto planet earth and into your arms.

For one, your adorable poop-factory's meconium stockpile is growing (are you ready for that historical first tarry black poo?) as their baby fat stores continue to increase.

Most importantly, your wee genius' rapidly developing super-brain is abuzz with new brain cells that'll be growing for years to come.


Whether you give birth tomorrow (yes!) or next week (aw), your fantastic baby is pretty much 100% ready to face the world outside of your womb.

And by "ready", we mean unable to hold their own head up or do much of anything other than cry, pee, poop, and eat... and steal your heart and sleep.

And how's mom doing?

Hey mama, how's week 38 treating you? Wait! Don't tell us: big, awkward and impatient, right? Well, you look fabulous! Glowing with life and anticipation all at once.

All's clear on the home front, too: at this point, if you go into labor, you'll be on track for a normal healthy delivery that'll end with your newborn snuggled sweetly in your arms. Hopefully, you've got all your newborn supplies stocked up and that infant car seat installed.

Between now and then though, you've still got to get your mind wrapped around the upcoming labor process, conquer your fears, and square off for the upcoming Breastfeeding Bootcamp.

Are you ready for your tiniest 18-year (or more) house guest?

Did You Know?

Tuesday is the most popular day for babies in the U.S. to be born, with 13,000 births on average in 2003. There are about 16 percent more babies born on Tuesday than on any other day of the week. Saturday is the slowest day with an average of about 7,500 births (this is partially due to the fact that doctors don't schedule c-sections and inductions on weekends).

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The V****a Dialogues

In case those weekly doctor’s visits aren’t enough, you can expect to have family members start calling to ask about the state of your girly bits.

From your mother-in-law to your grandma, every woman that you have ever met will call to ask “how you are feeling?”

Sure, they just want to see what’s going on…everyday.

The deal is that these women can get creative with the reasons they need to call. Have you seen that new cooking show? Do you need any more clothes for the baby? What’s the weather like where you are?

No matter what you do, no matter how much you threaten to never let “grandma” visit her first grandchild, these people will still call. It’s like they think they should get certain privileges when it comes to the state of your v****a.

Are you dilated? Has the baby dropped? Did she do an exam?

I don’t know why, but having to explain to my mom that yes, the midwife did put her hand down there and measured the opening in my cervix with her fingers wasn’t something I enjoyed doing.

I think that the worst part of the whole “waiting for baby” thing was the v****a talk. It’s like, how many ways can we discuss a v****a without actually saying “v****a?”

Personally, I think it is best to scare them with a little “TMI,” if you catch my drift.

“Well, after the doc fingered my cooch, we discussed my bloody mucous plug.” Any person that is interested after you use the phrase “fingered my cooch” deserves all the information you’re willing to give.