Your Body – Week 38

So, two more weeks to go. How do you feel? The end almost seems near. At this stage, whether your pregnancy was good, bad or a mixture of both – you are eagerly wanting it to end and hold your baby in your arms. If you do deliver this week, your baby has 99% chance of survival.

So, what should you do this week?

  • Are you planning to breastfeed your little one? Well, start speaking to the women in your family (mothers are an immense asset at this stage) and friends who have toddlers of their own. Also, reading about breastfeeding helps. Buy nursing pads and bras.
  • Like last week, a pelvic exam is done to assess the baby’s position. Then opening (dilation) or thinning (effacing) of the cervix will be assessed.
  • If your baby is in the breech position (feet down) an external cephalic version (ECV) needs to be done by the midwife/doctor.This process will help the baby to turn around in your womb
  • Eat right and rest. Keep yourself hydrated.
  • You should now speak to your doctor and speak about your delivery and what you should expect when you go into labor. Also, it would be good to go over the entire delivery process that you will have to go through with your gynecologist, so you will be mentally prepared for that day. Also, if you are considering taking pain medications and/or spinal anesthesia, now would be the right time to clarify your doubts

 

It is said that ECV has around 50% success rate (taking into consideration factors like your age, your baby’s weight, and moreover the degree of breech). If your baby remains in a breech position, the doctor would suggest a C-section/Cesarean section for your delivery.

 

Common symptoms this week:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Sleep issues
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Swelling of feet and ankle
  • Anxiety

 

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