In week 38 of pregnancy baby development, the tiny hairs (lanugo) covering your baby throughout the early stages of your pregnancy, will have mostly disappeared by now. Your baby will also continue to store its first poop (meconium). Meconium is a green slimy substance that contains all the particles your baby took in during their stay in the womb.
Most of your baby’s organs are developed and functioning well. The brain and lungs, on the other hand, aren’t completely mature yet, but will be ready to function well after birth. These two vital organs will continue to grow to cater to your baby’s needs.
Body and Life Changes
How is my body changing?
During week 38 of pregnancy baby development, you might start to feel more pressure in your pelvis area. This is caused by your baby moving itself to the correct birthing position.
Due to the excess bodily fluids that accumulate in your tissues and joints, your hands, feet, ankles, and legs will swell up. During week 38 of pregnancy baby development, swelling in some parts of your body will be more prominent as it helps prepare you for delivery. If you notice that the swelling of your body is not normal, contact your doctor immediately, as this can be an indication of preeclampsia.
You might find it difficult to move, sit, sleep, and stand at this point in your pregnancy. Because you are just two weeks away from your due date, signs of labor will most likely be felt. Mild menstruation-like cramps might be noticed, as well as back pains. Always remember that if these signs are making you extremely uncomfortable, call for an ambulance, and inform your medical provider as soon as possible.