WEEK 38: Making sense of your world
Your baby is still in your womb but now all senses are working – they can see, hear, smell, taste and feel. The spotlight’s on both of you now – you could be in labour any day now.

38 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition

At a glance

Your baby’s brain activity will change in response to sounds

They will start to explore touch by feeling their face

 

Show your partner how to do the breathing exercises to help with your birth

If your baby hasn’t moved into the birth position, your doctor will want to discuss birthing options

Unborn baby at 38 weeks
Your little one can now see, hear, taste, smell and feel. Brain activity will change in response to sounds, and baby is beginning to explore touch by feeling its face.

Baby's development at 38 weeks

Your little one is just about to make a grand entrance into the world. Baby’s respiratory system is getting ready to work on its own; it’s been relying on yours up till now. The lungs will continue to develop after birth though, with the bronchial tubes dividing 6 more times. The brain will be the least developed organ at birth, but this will mature continually from birth until age 18 or 20!

Fixtures and circuits get constructed as if they were a computer, improving as baby takes in information, creating feeing and emotions. Your little one will develop understanding and coping skills, and they’ll continue to grow over time.

That’s what makes every person unique.

Your little one can now see, hear, taste, smell and feel. Brain activity will change in response to sounds, and baby is beginning to explore touch by feeling its face. Plus, if you’re having twins, they may even interact with each other in the womb!

Your body

We bet you’re trying to imagine what’s going to happen when you get to the hospital. Well, depending on how quickly your labour is progressing, you’ll be put in a ward or a birthing room. Someone will come and talk to you about an epidural if that’s something you’ve opted for.

Don’t forget to stay in the moment and share this magical experience with your partner. It’s a life changing time for everyone. Try and enjoy the experience as much as you can. Partners will be feeling lots of emotions during the birth too, so maybe you can show them some of your breathing exercises!

Pregnant woman holding her baby bump at week 38

Nutrition

Breast milk has everything your little one needs to grow healthy and strong. It can be easily digested, and contains hundreds of nutrients to keep baby’s digestive system healthy.

It’s full of healthy bacteria known as probiotics, which help baby's immune system develop. It can help combat early food allergies too.

Breast milk is also the best source of natural protein for your little one. Protein is vital for healthy development and amazingly, the amount of protein in your breast milk will automatically adapt to your baby’s nutritional needs. Aren’t you clever!

For more information on the benefits of breast milk, please click here.

Pregnancy tips

Some babies need a little help in coming into the world, so forceps or a ventouse may be used to help at the final stages. In some cases, a Caesarean Section may be recommended, but your midwife will explain everything and guide you.

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Important advice to mothers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.

 

 

 

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