Pregnancy week 38
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How's the foetus during week 38?


Getting ready to poo


Your baby is about 49 - 50cm in length and weighs about 3kg. 


Your baby's first bowel movement (meconium) has formed in her intestines. 
Her position will probably remain the same until the birth. 
All organs - except the lungs - are fully functional. 
The baby is covered in vernix, a fatty substance covering the skin. 


What's with my body: False labour? Know the signs 


You may show signs of false labour - irregular contractions which may be felt in various parts of your body (back, lower abdomen, pelvis). 
To make things easier for you after the birth, fill your freezer with pre-cooked meals. 
If your baby is lying in a breech position, discuss the implications with your doctor, as you will probably need to have a Caesarean. 


Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.
 

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