The 38th week of pregnancy often becomes the last, especially if the female is carrying is not her first child. Preparing for birth the baby can weigh more than 3 kg and reaches 48-50 cm in length. Not to miss the moment of the beginning of delivery, it is necessary to carefully monitor the emergence of specific characteristics.
The development of a fetus
At the moment the child is ready for birth. His body is formed. Aging and thinning of the placenta, through which all this time ate the fruit, so the weight gain slows down a little: most of the nutrients goes to the maintenance of a chubby baby. Put your ear to the belly of the mother, you can feel the heartbeat of the fetus, amounting to 120-160 beats per minute.
To attack 38 weeks the baby gets very crowded in the uterus, so pushing and wiggling now occur less frequently. Well developed grasping and sucking reflexes, and are ready to begin full operation immediately after the expected birth. In particular, on the surface of the alveoli formed by pulmonary surfactant, which will help the baby to take its first breath after birth. Liver, pancreas and intestines are ready to engage in active assimilation and digestion of food.
Externally, the fetus is no different from a newborn. It has pinkish and smooth skin, and head covered with quite thick hair. Nails can be a finger. Of male infants already have descended into the scrotum testicles. In General, the size and weight of the baby depends on genetic data, so small in size parents are likely to be born small kid and a tall and large mom and dad should be prepared for the possible emergence of a real «hero».
Feelings of a future mother
This week, women may experience mood swings, emotional background and overall elevated. Prolonged pregnancy is significantly weakened organism, and, it would seem, want the early onset of childbirth. On the other hand, the imminent onset of painful and sometimes dangerous procedure may be the fear and slight panic. Also in a stressful condition a woman can drive a constant expectation of birth pangs.
Most makes itself felt tired feeling. Large and heavy stomach is not able to stay on their feet, having discomfort in the back and waist. When the woman understands that there is a lot of work, for example, equipping the nursery, buying things for the baby Essentials, but the strength is not enough.
Actively prepares to leave the uterus, the height of the bottom of which is about 35-38 cm, and it is located at a distance of 16-18 cm from the navel. Gradually softens the cervix. More and more lowers the stomach ceases to press on the lungs and stomach, so it becomes easier to breathe, are of frequent heartburn. However, urination is now happening more often because the pressure on your bladder repeatedly increased. May occur and diarrhea is an unavoidable companion of women to the end of pregnancy.
What else is characteristic of pregnancy in the later stages:
Harbingers of the onset of labor
A pregnant woman should always listen to your body and understand when to start a clear urge to leave. The main signs telling us that it’s time to go to the hospital, are as follows:
Often women in their last weeks of pregnancy relax and stop thinking about anything extraneous. In fact, it is important to gather the strength to follow particular recommendations that will help in the near future. You must do the following:
Otherwise don’t panic and try to worry without much reason. Divide the duties among close relatives and husband. Make sure that the house is all ready for a child. It is also important to know the basic information about how to feed a newborn and care for him.