We’re so close to meeting this little rascal now. I can’t believe we’ve hit week 38 – it’s insane!
What’s Happening To You In Week 38?
Well after the scan on Wednesday you’re looking well and truly comfortable in there. You’re 4/5 engaged and I can definitely tell.
At this point, you’re ingesting a lot of the amniotic fluid and your nails are continuing to grow. They’re really soft because of all the fluid so you can’t scratch me just yet – which reminds me, I’d better pack some clippers in the hospital bag just in case they’re really long!
The hospital estimated your weight to be around 6lb 1oz on Wednesday and at this stage you put on around an ounce a day, so I can more or less try to guess how big you’ll be – which is about the same as Toby, weird! Imagine if you come out at exactly the same weight! The other thing happening is that the surfactant in your lungs (the stuff that lubricates them to stop them sticking together) is being produced readily.
We’re just really excited to have you here now, although I have been having some concerns about the c-section. We keep wondering whether you’re going to look anything like Toby, especially as Daddy and his brother don’t look anything alike. You can come whenever you’re ready, obviously, but preferably after Sunday because I’m off to The Baby Show!
What’s Happening To Mummy In Week 38?
I’m totally fed up now. The aches and pains are getting worse! The Braxton Hicks are getting more frequent, I get them at least 2 or 3 times an hour, and they are completely painless – don’t worry I’m not going into actual labour. Your head is bouncing on my bladder and giving me really bead lightning crotch (please stop) and it’s now getting a bit more difficult to walk for any length of time.
I had my last midwife appointment on Monday! She measured my uterus which had only grown 1cm in 2 weeks so while she wasn’t too happy, she wasn’t too concerned either – especially as I already had an appointment booked for a growth scan on the Wednesday. Everything came back fine and within normal levels, so I was happy.
I’ve noticed a lot more leaking of colostrum now which is much later than I experienced with Toby – I must have got that at around 28 weeks with him. My boobs feel really full and my nipples are tingling quite a lot so maybe it’s time to start applying that cream.
I’ve got my consultant appointment next Tuesday so I’m preparing lots of questions about what will happen and to request if I can have some things in there too. I think I’d like to film parts of your birth, but I’m not sure how accommodating the hospital is here.
I haven’t felt much like eating proper meals this last week. I just want to snack and eat when I feel like it. I’ve been “going” to the loo more regularly, which I’m sure I read last time is your body’s way of starting to clear out ready for labour. I’ll take anything as a sign at the moment.
Part of me wants to make it to week 39, but part of me wants to write a birth story now. Either way, I’m just glad we made it to full term at 37 weeks. Here we are at 38 weeks!