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Week 38: Pack that Labor Bag Now!

Your Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy

Your Baby This Week

Your baby is preparing to be born as you're preparing to experience the true excitement of impending childbirth. You may feel a little nervous, which is perfectly normal.

In anticipation of meeting you, baby is busy getting ready for the occasion. The fine hair (lanugo), covering her body begins to shed along with the whitish coating on the skin (vernix). Your baby's weight is approaching 7 pounds (3.5 kg), but she remains around 21 inches (53 cm) long, which shows that she's getting plumper! If your baby were born this week, she would have no problems surviving on her own.

Your Body This Week

Although your size is remaining constant, your discomfort might be increasing, as some of the symptoms related to your weight, including heat rashes and difficulty sleeping, might be getting to you. While your due date may be two or more weeks away, pack your labor bag and get ready. Ninety-five percent of all babies are born within two weeks of their due dates.

Dining Companions For Life

Your pregnancy journey is almost complete. But another, even more exciting adventure is just around the corner. Eating for two doesn't stop once your baby is born. Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, nutrients are going to be just as--if not more--important. If you breastfeed, your baby will be relying on you to provide 100% of her vital vitamins and nutrients. In other words, your baby will continue to eat what you eat. If you bottle feed, taking care of and feeding your baby will still take energy, strength and a timely recovery. All of these can be found in the foods you eat now. Learn more about nutrition and breastfeeding.

Walking on Sunshine

A fresh breeze lifting and twirling your hair. Sunshine coaxing a smile from your face. Laughing with a friend as your matching strollers lead you through the park. Sounds like a wistful luxury right about now, doesn't it? But in reality, it's serious therapy that you should plan for. The "Baby Blues"--or the more serious postpartum depression--is a real experience that many new mothers go through during the first 3-6 weeks postpartum. Sunshine, friends and light activity can help fight the effects of the baby blues and let you concentrate on what's most important--enjoying quality time with your new child. Learn how to offset the baby blues and postpartum depression.
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