Pregnancy Week 38

Learn about your baby's development during week 38 and how to deal with persistent headaches, eye problems, and exercising issues late in pregnancy.

Watch Your Baby's Growth

Pregnancy Month by Month:  Preparing for Labor
Pregnancy Month by Month: Preparing for Labor

Your baby is just about ready to make an appearance. Here¿s what to expect during labor and a boost of encouragement for you to take into the delivery room.

Your Changing Body

Be on the lookout for your water breaking. It won't be like a faucet or geyser like sitcoms suggest, but rather a drip down your leg--which is a lot less embarrassing and allows you a bit more time to get to a bathroom and call your ob-gyn!

Your Developing Baby

All babies born during or after week 38, are considered full-term infants, growing stronger every day. So don't worry if he or she wants to see your smiling face a little bit sooner than you expected.

Your Pregnancy

Any day now can be your new son or daughter's birthday. Let that sink in!

Your Week 38 To-Do List

1. Tie up any loose ends with finances or insurance.

An Inside Look

Take a unique look at Baby's development inside the womb this week.

Your Pregnancy Calendar

Organize your doctor's appointments, save your ultrasound photos, and more--all in one place!

Ask Parents About Week 38

We've got answers to your questions from experts and parents who've been there.

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Everything in Pregnancy Week 38

More About Your Pregnancy in Week 38

Your Baby

Your Body

  • Postpartum Contraception

    Think through your post-baby birth control plan now--you won't have time to worry about this in a few weeks.

  • Eye Problems

    You may experience some changes in your vision or dryness of your eyes during these last few weeks.

  • Headaches That Won't Go Away

    Try these tips to keep never-ending headaches at bay.

Your Self

  • Your Nesting Instincts

    Go ahead and use your natural desire to clean and organize to get ready for the new baby.

  • A Need for Solitude

    It's okay to avoid public places as your due date gets closer, but don't totally withdraw from family and friends. You need their suppo...

Diet & Exercise

  • Late-Pregnancy Exercise

    It's okay to continue exercising unless you experience any pain or other unusual symptoms.

  • Snacks During Labor

    Try to eat a few light snacks and drink fluids while you're still laboring at home.

Q & A