38 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy week 38 fetus
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.

Woohoo!

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).

Pregnancy Psycho-Meter

How are you feeling at 38 weeks pregnant?
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  • Ugh Bad: 3653 votes
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