What To Expect When You’re 38 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a winter melon!
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This week brings on a stable sleep/wake cycle for your baby and welcomes the last few weeks of the second trimester.
Let’s dive right in and see what else is happening this week!
Coming in at the size of a spaghetti squash, your baby’s head-to-feet length is 10.9 to 11 inches. This is a big week weight-wise, too, because your baby now weighs almost 1 whole pound!
Exercise – It’s always a good idea to reassess your exercise routine as your pregnancy progresses. You’ll want to do this simply because of how quickly your body changes from week to week.
What worked or felt comfortable one week might not work the next week. Rather than forcing your workouts, simply do what feels best.
Remember that your lung capacity changes throughout pregnancy, too. Gauge this by how well you can carry on a conversation while you exercise. If you can’t talk, then you need to ease up.
Heating Pad – Because of the tugging weight you might be feeling from your growing belly, your back is probably aching a little more than usual.
Resting always helps aching muscles as well as stretching. Prenatal yoga is a great option, too. As in your pre-pregnancy days, you might reach for the heating pad for some added comfort. And, that’s fine.
A heating pad is isolated to one area of your body unlike a hot tub or a sauna, so there’s far less chance of it raising your overall temperature.
Sex Positions – Since your belly is growing bigger, you might already be discovering that it gets in the way of everyday activities. One of these activities might include having sex.
You might not be able to do your “best moves” any longer simply because of the shape you’re in… literally.
You are five months pregnant this week, mama!
While your baby’s growth rate is steady, you might feel like your own pace is slowing down.
Being bigger means moving a little more slowly. So, embrace the slow pace while it lasts.
Your baby’s development is so far along that he/she looks like miniature newborn. Almost doll-like, if you will.
Plus, already on a sleep/wake cycle, your baby is sleeping for large chunks of the day. You can probably identify this cycle by comparing the number of movements you feel at different times during the day.
You’re probably feeling extra crowded this week. For most moms of single babies, week 20 is the last week offering some type of comfortableness. After that, it’s just crowded, crowded, crowded!
You might be experiencing heartburn, shortness of breath, backaches, or just feeling tired from lugging around a growing baby.
No matter what you’re feeling, remember to follow your self-care routine.
Taking care of your physical body will not only keep you in good health, but it will also make you feel better.
Bellybutton – No matter what kind of bellybutton you had pre-pregnancy, you might end up with an outtie the bigger your belly gets.
It’s sort of a pregnancy trademark, so no need to worry about feeling self-conscious about it.
Really, your bellybutton is just being crowded out of its usual little spot in your abdomen.
Other than feeling a little odd, there’s no harm in it. Plus, your bellybutton will return to normal once you give birth.
Hair – In addition to the hair on your head increasing and becoming luscious, there’s a good chance other hair is flourishing on your body, as well.
In fact, you might spot random hairs growing all over your body. Obviously, some of this hair isn’t going to be welcomed by you. In looking for safe ways to get rid of excess body hair, check this out.
Libido – Week 22 is a notorious week for raging hormones. And, in a positive way, too.
You might be experiencing an added boost to your sexual drive this week. The reason is that your hormones are at a fairly high level this week offering you an extra surge of sexuality. With the extra blood volume in your body, your genitalia might be super sensitive, as well.
This sensitivity could result in some powerful orgasms for you, so indulge while the indulging is good.
You’re probably getting used to your doctor measuring your belly each visit. It’s pretty much par for the pregnancy course as you might have guessed.
The thing about being pregnant with twins or multiples is that there is no “average” or “typical” when it comes to how big you should be.
It varies so much between moms of multiples that often doctors don’t even consider it important. Granted, the measurements will still be documented, but won’t hold much weight.
Mostly, your doctor is closely monitoring the growth of your babies to make sure their development is on track.