Pregnancy Week 38

BABY

49 cm in length, about 3000 g in weight. The head and abdomen diameter are same. Hair and nails grow. Meconium begins to be collected in the bowel.

Because reductions in the amniotic fluid have begun, reduction in movements begins. The protective vernix layer begins to melt, can stay at neck, back, and skin folds. Cilia called lanugo have stayed on the shoulder and back. Hiccup is frequently observed and is considered to be because of breathing exercises.

MOTHER

Frequent USG controls and NST (non-stress test showing well-being of the baby) are begun to be done. The amniotic fluid and position of the baby is checked. Gynecological examination should be performed if not performed before. Planning is made according to decision of normal birth or cesarean section.