What To Expect When You’re 38 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a winter melon!
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There’s a good chance that you’ve embraced the second trimester with open arms. And I hope you have!
Incredible growth is happening inside you, and you’re going to be living proof of that growth as this trimester progresses.
Let’s dive right into what’s happening this week!
Your baby’s crown-to-rump length is 3 1/4 to 4 inches (8 to 9.3 cm). Weighing in at about 1 ounce (25 g), your baby is about the size of your fist or a large lemon.
Lying on Your Back – In the past, experts warned expecting moms about the supine position aka lying on their backs. Doing this was said to cause a risk of stillborn births.
While research does show that there have been stillborn births to mothers who engaged in the supine position, it doesn’t entirely suggest that lying on their back was the direct cause.
Oral Sex – Sex is always a unique topic when it comes to engaging in it during pregnancy. Especially oral sex. Unless you are under strict no-sex guidelines from your doctor, oral sex is fine.
However, there are some rules to follow. For instance, your partner can’t blow air into your vagina while giving oral sex to you. This sudden burst of air could block a blood vessel and put your baby at risk.
More on the common sense side of things, make sure your partner is free of any bacterial infections or STDs as these are undoubtedly problematic for your baby, too.
Clothing – By now, your pants are probably taking some serious abuse from your growing belly. You might be unable to button them or even wear your regular size because of growing butt and thighs.
While the most popular maternity clothes are marketed for the third trimester, there is a vast amount of cute (and comfy) styles for the second trimester, as well.
Most women sigh a huge breath of relief the first time they wear maternity clothes. So, do yourself a favor and give your belly some space.
MRI/CT Scans – Although most health experts will rightly sway you from having an MRI or a CT Scan while you’re pregnant, a study released in The New York Times reveals that they’re far less dangerous than previously believed.
Most women stay clear of any major procedures when they’re pregnant anyway, but if you discovered that you were pregnant after you already had an MRI or CT Scan then try not to panic.
Coming in at three months and one week, you are proudly in your second trimester, mama!
Your baby’s cute little ears have successfully moved to the side of his/her head at this point. While the chin still rests on the chest, it’s clear to see that your baby’s neck is elongating.
Plus, it’s getting easier to determine what gender your baby is as sexual development continues strongly this week.
Your belly is likely poking out a bit as your uterus is now sitting above your pelvic bone.
Sometimes this little bulge can make you feel more connected to your growing baby. Plus, not only can this be very exciting for you, but it also means the start of new wardrobe needs.
Hemorrhoids – Although swollen blood vessels in your rectal area are probably not topping your list of things to talk about, they are a common pregnancy symptom.
Ranging from a small pea to the size of a grape, they can be both itchy and irritating. Hemorrhoids might even cause you to bleed during a difficult bowel movement.
Existing because of hormones, intestinal changes, and a growing uterus, they can be downright annoying.
Some tips to prevent hemorrhoids include going when you feel the urge, avoid being constipated, don’t sit or stand for long periods of time.
Gum Disease – If you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums after you brush your teeth then know you’re in a large group of women who can empathize.
About half of all expecting women experience this. Gum disease is simply another jagged pill of pregnancy to be swallowed as there’s no firm prevention for it.
To ease the impact of it, be sure to brush your teeth gently at least twice a day or after every meal if possible.
Tooth Care – Along with your gums being more at risk during pregnancy, your teeth are more at risk, as well. Unfortunately, expecting women are more prone to both tooth decay and cavities.
Some tips to prevent either from happening to you is simply to practice proper dental care. Brush and floss often. Your diet could influence your teeth as well, so remain on the healthy eating bandwagon.
Weight Gain – Besides giving birth, weight gain is probably the most popular topic on the minds of most expecting moms. And for good reason, too.
Aside from societal pressures to “bounce back” after giving birth, you’re probably wondering how much weight you should be gaining. Although there are guidelines for each BMI category, take them with a grain of salt. Here is a handy weight gain calculator to get you started.
The starting blast for your second trimester has sent you leaping from the starting line.
You’re probably feeling better in more ways than one. Though don’t be surprised if other expectant moms are feeling better than you.
Because you’re carrying more than one baby, your hormone levels are at a greater abundance than moms of singletons. And they might take a while to decrease.