Your Pregnancy: Week 38
Don't panic if you feel electric buzzes down your legs and inside your vagina. Baby has simply stumbled on yet another way to grab your attention -- this time, he's bumping against nerves in your pelvis.
> Will you need an episiotomy?
> Will I definitely tear during delivery?
> Who should you invite to the delivery room?
> See all third trimester Q&As
Baby's now the size of a pumpkin!
The last bits of vernix caseosa (the white goo keeping baby's skin moist) and lanugo (downy hair) are slowly shedding into your amniotic fluid. Baby's head is about the same circumference as her abdomen, and her head could be covered in an inch or so of hair.
> Schedule your weekly OB visit
> Reminder: Pack the hospital bag
> Go to your checklist
[ tip ] For an exciting change of pace, try spending the night in a comfy recliner instead of your bed (you wild woman, you). This can also help with shortness of breath...and if shortness of temper is a problem, the time away from your partner may be an additional bonus.
> Chat with other moms-to-be who share your due date
> Read more about being 38 weeks pregnant
All medical information reviewed by Dr. Geeta K. Swamy, Duke University Medical Center OB/GYN Department
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