What To Expect When You’re 38 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a winter melon!
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As the pregnancy marathon continues, you might find yourself exhausted, excited, and constantly bumping your belly off of things.
Hang in there, because you don’t have much time left before the big day.
Here’s what’s happening this week!
About the size of a pineapple, your baby is just over 17 inches long from head-to-feet and weighs a tad over 4 pounds.
Sex – Some women feel super sexy at this stage in the game while others feel exactly the opposite.
No matter how you feel, most likely you and your partner still have sexual desires for each other. Unless you have specific instructions from your doctor not to indulge in sexual activity, then you have a green light for sex until the moment you go into labor.
The tricky part about having sex during your third trimester is navigating around the big belly.
Don’t know how to do the deed? Here are some illustrations and tips to get you going.
Prenatal Yoga – Not only is pregnancy a huge chore for your body, but your mind and emotions can feel intense pressure, as well. To help you maintain your happiness and health, try prenatal yoga.
You don’t need to be a grandiose yogi or even into that type of mindfulness-driven practices to make it beneficial to you. Much like regular yoga, prenatal yoga can help you develop proper breathing and relaxing techniques, which will help you during labor.
As well as breathing techniques, prenatal yoga can help you sleep, relieve back pain, and even decrease nausea.
Your Partner – One of the biggest annoyances that pregnant women have is that they don’t feel like their partner has any idea what physical stress they’re under.
In short, our male counterparts are clueless when it comes to carrying a baby. If this is you, then try helping him out a little bit. Pack a backpack and strap it on him backwards.
Even if he only suffers for a few minutes, maybe it will jostle his brain enough to have more empathy.
At 33 weeks, you are seven months and three weeks pregnant, mama!
Your baby’s little skeleton has been hardening for a few weeks now, which might explain your thirst for milk or craving for calcium-rich foods.
Those little bones will continue to harden and strengthen in the next few weeks.
Also, he/she is quickly filling out the previously wrinkly skin and replacing it will smooth, soft baby skin.
If you’ve found yourself bumping into things recently, just know that you’re among many belly-bumping-mamas.
For some reason, most women never really get used to the bump out front. What this means for you is you’ll probably be bumping into a lot of things.
After all, pregnancy might seem endless, but it’s only for such a short time compared to the rest of your life, so not being used to the big belly is normal.
The same can be said of your newly acquired breasts, so bump away, mama!
Numbness – You’ve probably become very familiar with the idea of swelling… everywhere.
Another symptom caused by a symptom is that swelling in your hands and feet can put so much pressure on the nerves that they feel numb or tingly.
While this can be alarming when you wake up in the morning to numb extremities, it’s entirely normal.
You can avoid the numbness during the day by moving and stretching your hands often, especially if you type most of the day or do repetitive work.
Waddling – No one woman enters into pregnancy anticipating the waddling days. But, it happens to most expecting moms. And, there’s a reason behind the waddling.
The more lose your ligaments become, the more difficult it is to precisely control the lower half of your body. Plus, there is this huge belly out in the front throwing of your balance.
Penguins have it right, and expecting mamas just follow their lead in getting from point A to point B. The waddling days are few, so hang in there!
Sciatica – Your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back through your butt and down the back of your thigh and outer calf.
This nerve can become compressed or even pinched causing an electric shooting and burning sensation down your leg called sciatica.
More than anything, bad postures, hard manual labor, and sitting for long periods of time can cause it. To avoid sciatica, remember to take frequent breaks where you get up and move.
Inside of you, there are two (or more) little pineapple-sized babies taking all a lot of space.
They might have already moved further down in your pelvis by now. If not yet, they will soon to prepare for the grand journey of birth.
Much like singleton moms, you’ve probably adopted the penguin style of walking, also known as waddling. Blame your hormones, your ligaments, and your huge belly for this unique swagger.
Keep moving slowly because more than ever, your body is off-balance and sporting loose ligaments.