2 weeks to go!
Your body is going through its own preparations for childbirth as your doctor or midwife starts looking for signs of labour.
On the checklist: the baby's position in relation to your pelvis (engagement) and whether effacement (thinning of the cervix) and dilation (opening of the cervix) have begun. Your doctor may also determine whether your cervix has begun to soften and move to the front of the vagina, another indication that labour is getting closer.
Keep in mind that these processes can occur gradually (over a period of weeks or even a month or more in some women) or overnight. So while they're clues that you're indeed progressing, they're far from sure bets when it comes to pinpointing the actual start of labour.
Your baby is now the size of a...
This week is all about fine tuning the brain and nervous system. Her vital organs are now ready for the world outside the womb and the rest of baby’s foetal development is almost complete.
She will now have a firm grasp which she will demonstrate upon arrival when holding your finger for the first time.
Pregnancy symptoms at 38 weeks
Braxton Hicks contractions, itchy belly, vaginal discharge, trouble sleeping, swollen feet and ankles, and anxiety.
Tips and advice for pregnancy at 38 weeks
These are the last few days before which a newborn arrives and takes all the attention in your life. Try to ward off anxiety by spending time with your friends and family and doing things that you love (and that your pregnant body will allow).