Congratulations! You've officially entered week 38 of your pregnancy, and you're nearing the finish line of this incredible journey.

At this stage, your baby is around 49.8cm long from head to heel. That's approximately the length of a stick of rhubarb!

As you prepare for the big day, it's essential to be aware of certain factors, such as the possibility of your baby passing meconium during labour. Meconium is your baby's first poo, and if it happens during labour, it can tint the amniotic fluid. While this isn't uncommon, it's essential for your midwife to closely monitor your baby's wellbeing, as it could indicate that your little one is experiencing some stress.

Speaking of labour, it usually starts between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. Your midwife or doctor will provide you with information about what to expect if your baby happens to be overdue. If you're curious about your options, resources like choices when pregnancy reaches 41 weeks (PDF, 536kb) are useful.

As always, it's essential to stay attuned to your baby's movements during this time - their regular movement is a reassuring indicator of their wellbeing. If you notice any changes, such as a decrease in movements, call your maternity unit for guidance straight away. Your peace of mind and health is their priority, so never feel like you're bothering them with your worries.

Lastly, take some time to explore your options for pain relief during labour and discover techniques to help. From breathing exercises to relaxation techniques, there are plenty of tools available to help you navigate the intensity of labour with confidence.

Don't forget - you've got this!



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