What To Expect When You’re 38 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a winter melon!
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As you enter into your second trimester, you might find yourself with a renewed sense of optimism.
With morning sickness easing up and your energy level increasing, you’ll probably enjoy this trimester more than the last one.
Growing at a rapid pace, your baby is about the size of a small peach. Weighing in at 1/2 to 4/3 ounce (13 to 20 g) and measuring from crown-to-rump about 2 1/2 to 3 inches (6.5 to 7.8 cm).
From now until about week 24, your baby’s growth might surprise you. One area of growth that will slow down is your baby’s head. This happens to let his/her body catch up, per se.
Midnight Snacks – There is no wrong in reaching for a late-night snack during pregnancy. In fact, they can be beneficial.
Just be sure you know exactly what you’re putting in your body, or you might pay for it in excessive weight gain or even heartburn.
Keep away from the junk food and the snacks high in fat or sugar. Choose foods that will satisfy you and curb your cravings. Reach for peanut butter, honey, cheese, or even whole grain cereal.
Accidents – Everyone knows you have a lot on your mind these days. Plus, with a growing body, it can get more difficult to remain as graceful as you once were. Even if you’ve been nicknamed a klutz, pregnancy might raise the bar to a new level of klutziness.
To avoid accidents, remember to slow down. Make deliberate movements rather than jerky or sudden ones. Twisting your midriff is now on the must-not-do list, so keep your spine aligned. Practicing mindfulness and yoga will help you to approach your movements differently. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Running – Much like any other exercise regime, if you were running before pregnancy, then you can likely continue doing it. Although some modifications might be necessary, you probably won’t have to shy away from your running routine all that much.
This is especially true if you don’t have a high-risk pregnancy. Though always check with your doctor first. Remember to warm up and cool down for several minutes. The most important thing is to listen to your body. Here’s what you need to know before you hit the pavement.
Working – Many more women are working during pregnancy now than there were even just 30 years ago. As long as your work environment doesn’t harm you or your baby, then there is nothing wrong with working.
A lot of women are comfortable working up until giving birth, but that choice is always up to you as a mom. Even with the vast range of jobs women can hold, here are a few tips that cover the safety spectrum of this topic.
Mama, you are three months pregnant this week!
Since your first trimester is over, you might be thinking of sharing your news with others.
Remember to be mentally prepared for both the wanted support and often unwanted barrage of advice. Keep in mind that humor goes a long way in this department.
Your baby’s eyes are moving closer together on the face, and the ears are aligning into their normal position.
Now is the time the intestines that were previously developing in the umbilical cord start to transition into your baby’s abdomen.
It’s unquestionable that your uterus has grown a lot. In fact, you can probably feel the upper edge of your uterus a few inches below your belly button. It will continue to fill up your abdomen as your baby’s growth sky-rockets these next several weeks.
There’s a good chance that you’ve gained some weight by now and your clothes are snug. Now is an excellent time to start wearing clothes that are loose and comfortable for your belly.
Because of your baby curve, you might want to look into a Belly Band to help lengthen the life of your pants.
Stretch Marks – Officially known as striae distensae to the medical world. To the rest of the world, at least to us women, they’re known as “tiger stripes.”
These notorious stretch marks occur when the deep layers of elastic fibers and collagen in your skin pull apart. They appear as dark pink, red, or purple streaks.
Although typically showing up later in pregnancy, you might very well be seeing them already. The color and intensity of them will likely fade. For now, keep your skin well-hydrated and avoid excessive weight gain.
Sex Drive – With the first trimester behind you, you’re probably feeling much better. Physically, you’re rejuvenated. Mentally, you’re positive. Sexually, you might be ready to go!
The second trimester is a time when many women experience a rise in their libido. And further still, due to the increase in blood volume, your genitalia is likely to be more sensitive making orgasm an epic experience. Here are some tips on pregnant sex.
Breast Changes – No matter if you were looking forward to the changes in your breasts or it really didn’t cross your mind, they will change nonetheless.
The mammary glands are activated in pregnancy like never before. The hormones in your body will cause an increase of blood to fill your breast tissue.
Even if you don’t plan on breastfeeding, your breasts won’t get that memo until after birth. You might experience a darkening of the areola and an enlarging of your nipples. Little bumps on your nipples called Montgomery glands are likely to develop more prominently now, as well.
Visible Veins – Now and in the coming weeks, you might start to notice a zig-zag of veins underneath the layers of skin on your breasts, belly, and sometimes even your hands.
It’s not at all uncommon for this to happen. The reasoning is that your blood volume has significantly increased and you can see this increase through your skin.
If the shock of having twins has finally settled for you then you might be feeling more optimistic and rejuvenated. Especially now that the first trimester is over.
Since this is a significant time of growth for your babies, you will undoubtedly be growing faster, too.