Pregnancy week 38 may bring you the first false labor contractions, which, unlike the contractions announcing the big event, are irregular, less frequent and located in different parts of your body.
Usually, these painful muscular cramps occur in the lower abdomen, pelvis and back regions, but never in the top of your womb, like real labor contractions.
Being familiar with this symptom is very important in order to avoid false alarms, especially if you’re having your first baby.
When real labor contractions will occur you’ll surely know to make the difference, as the pain will spread from your womb to your lower back and then into the pelvis and won’t be reduced after changing your position.
But let’s see how’s your baby doing during pregnancy week 38! Already measuring 49 centimeters and weighting no less than 3 kilos, your little one is busy storing meconium inside his intestines and of course, adding some more fats under his skin.
Speaking about your baby’s skin, most of the wrinkles and the tiny hairs called lanugo should be gone by now. However, in some newborns these hairs are still present for few weeks after birth.
As for your baby’s eyes, which you are surely anxious to see, they could be blue, brown or black, but regardless their color, the irises will gain more color and pigment in the first weeks after delivery.
Just like your baby’s eyes color, his or her hair color may change within the first years of life.
Although not yet matured by pregnancy week 38, the baby’s brain is already formed and very active, producing new nervous cells which will develop for many years after your little one gets out from the uterus.
But despite his smart brain, your little one will seem rather helpless during his first months and even years of life.
Unable to do anything but crying, peeing, pooping and eating, your little one will desperately need you in order to grow healthy and to strengthen his cute and smooth body.
As he won’t be able to speak and let you know what bothers him, you’ll have to be very careful and attentive in order to guess his needs.
So if you have the time, perhaps it’s good to read and watch more informative materials during pregnancy week 38. But we warmly recommend you to do this together with your partner, as any additional information will be useful for both of you, once your little one comes out from the womb.