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Priya K + Follow 29 Mar 2017
Week 38 Pregnancy

GROWTH OF THE BABY: Your baby is completely ready to be born now, and is at full term. The average weight at 38 weeks is around 7lbs but of course this will vary with each baby. Developmentally and size-wise they are absolutely perfect little newborns, and the only remaining part of their pregnancy journey is meeting mum and dad!
Their organs are now all fully formed and ready for life outside their home for the past 9 months. One remaining change left to happen is the eye color of your baby, which will still be changing due to the lack of pigment. It’s common for babies to be born with grey eyes but for these to turn brown or black after birth.

CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY: Most women will go into labor between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy, although you will be closely monitored and induction will be discussed once you go beyond 41 weeks.
You are probably feeling quite anxious to meet your baby now, and might be feeling a bit worn out and tired of lugging your baby bump around! There really is not long left to go, so try and relax and chill out as much as possible and wait for those first early signs of labor to appear. This could be your water breaking, contractions starting, or seeing a 'show', as the bloody mucus plug that is covering your cervix comes away ready for your baby to be born. Keep your midwife’s phone number handy for advice if you experience any of these.

In Focus- Plan a visitor strategy.
Once your baby has arrived, obviously everyone is going to want to come for a peek, a cuddle and some wet kisses.
Although, as of now, you won't exactly know how you are going to feel once your baby is here, it could be a good idea to have a chat with your partner sooner rather than later about how you are going to handle the constant influx of well-wishers eager to see your new baby. Some new parents can find themselves desperate for a bit of time on their own with their newborn in those first few days, so making sure you are both agreed on a visitor strategy could save a lot of stress!
Every one wants to welcome the little angel in their special way but yes all the love,suggestions,and old wives tales can take a toll on the new parents.
Making a visitor strategy lets the post partum ease a bit with slowly making pace with the sudden change in your daily life. The parents adapt to the presence of their angel with them as their family and bond accordingly. Its suggested not to flash operate cameras for taking pictures as well all these tiny bits of do’s and don’ts adds on to the wellbeing of your littleone.


Article verified by Dr. Anupama R, MBBS, DGO, DNM, MNAMS, Infertility IVF Specialist, Pran Fertility and Well Woman Centre, Trivandrum.

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