WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

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As you approach the third trimester of pregnancy, your baby’s development is rapid and it’s common to experience aches and pains as the weight you’re carrying increases.

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You might soon begin to feel the urge to ‘nest’ and get everything ready for the new addition to your family. It can be an incredibly exciting time, but also a frustrating one if you’re like most mums who can’t wait to meet their baby. It’s also perfectly natural to feel nervous about labour.

Section gives you a week-by-week guide to the ways in which your baby’s developing inside you and helps you to prepare both emotionally and physically for labour and birth.

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3RD TRIMESTER

49-50 cm | 6 lb 6 oz

Week 38

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Week 38 Pregnancy

At around 49 or 50cm long and weighing roughly 6lb 6oz, your baby is now fully developed and will be spending these last few weeks building up their fat reserves ready for birth. They’re also now able to hear you reasonably well. Talking and singing to them will help them to become familiar with your voice; they’ll be able to recognise it and be soothed by your tone once they’re born.

At this stage, you might notice a ‘show’ – which is when the plug of mucus that’s sealing your womb comes away, which is a sign that your body is getting ready for labour. It doesn’t mean labour will happen immediately, but it’s a sign it will happen soon.

If getting a good night’s sleep feels like a thing of the past, taking regular naps or simply putting your feet up during the day will help you to catch up on some much needed rest.

As the birth of your baby approaches, it’s natural to feel worried or apprehensive about labour. Talking to your birth partner about your fears and going through your birth plan together can help remind you that everything is in order. For answers to those last minute questions or to hear from someone who’s been through labour themselves, why not call our Careline? We’re here to help from 9am to 6am Saturday to Thursday on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries).

If you already have a young family to look after, getting them involved and excited about the birth now can help to manage any feelings of jealousy which might naturally arise when their new sibling is born. And don’t forget to buy them a present on behalf of their new little brother or sister!