Your baby is about the length of a stick of rhubarb measuring 50cm (head to heel) and weighs just over 3kg...
The hands have fully formed nails that reach the end of the fingers and the grasp is strong. You will soon be able to feel this when your baby grabs your finger for the first time. The organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.
The intestines are accumulating lots of meconium (baby's first bowel movement). The circumference of the head and the baby's abdomen are about the same size.
If the eyes are grey or dark blue at birth, they may stay grey or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown as your baby gets older. This is because a child's irises (the coloured part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after birth.
The next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Try not to be despondent if you are fed up with being pregnant. The end is almost in sight and your baby will soon be here.
It's important to keep an eye on any swelling in your feet and ankles and remember to elevate your legs as often as possible.
Braxton Hicks contractions, unlike real contractions, don't build up and are not painful, just uncomfortable. True contractions, however, start at the top of your uterus and then spread over the entire uterus, through your lower back and into the pelvis. True labour will become stronger and more painful and won't be alleviated by changing position.
Things for you to consider during week 38 of your pregnancy:
What to expect at week 39 of your pregnancy...