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38 Weeks Pregnant

At 38 weeks you are most likely starting your maternity leave, if you haven't done so already. Many moms find that they enjoy this 'quiet time' – as time slows down and all you have to do is wait. Try to relax and rest as much as possible.

Soaking in a bath is a wonderful way of relaxing, but don't run the water too hot. Remember to have someone close by when you are having a bath at this late stage in your pregnancy – just in case – and don't lock the bathroom door as you may need help getting out of the bath.

Expert advice

You've got a million things to think about and prepare for before your baby arrives, from cots and buggies to nappies and vests – but have you thought about your birth preferences? Birth preferences can help you have the best possible birth and, while it is not a contract or guarantee that everything will happen perfectly, eumom pregnancy & birth expert Tracy Donegan finds them a flexible communication tool.

Get ready to meet your new baby

Your baby is fully mature, with all organs completely formed and in working order. Despite limited space inside your uterus, you will still feel your baby move as he/she prepares for birth. And did you know that babies love music and can recognise it up to 12 months after birth?

If you've been playing Mozart throughout your pregnancy – or Def Leppard! – you might be surprised at that look of interest when you play it to your newborn. Your baby will also know you and dad from your voices, even before you say hello for the first time.

Make sure you're ready for your little one's arrival with our preparing for baby section, make sure you look after yourself with our health & wellbeing page, and feel fab with our maternity style tips.


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