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    38 weeks pregnant: Your guide to this week of your third trimester

    Updated 08 September 2023 |
    Published 24 February 2019
    Fact Checked
    Medically reviewed by Dr. Charlsie Celestine, Obstetrician and gynecologist, New Jersey, US
    Written by Ella Braidwood
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    From preparing your baby’s nursery to increased vaginal discharge, here’s the lowdown on being 38 weeks pregnant.

    At 38 weeks pregnant, you’re approaching the end of your pregnancy. This can feel incredibly exciting but also pretty nerve-racking. As your due date gets closer, it can really put into perspective that your family is going to grow, and the baby you’ve talked about throughout your pregnancy journey will finally be here. 

    You might find guides to labor and delivery pretty handy at this time. For some people, understanding what may be ahead can be the most comforting thing. And to help you understand what’s going on at 38 weeks pregnant, a Flo expert outlines what you might want to think about this week. 

    Your baby at 38 weeks pregnant 

    Your baby is almost ready to be born

    From 37 weeks, your baby is officially early term. This means that in a few short weeks (from 39 weeks until 40 weeks and six days), they’ll be considered full term, and their due date will be here. Very few babies are actually born on their due date (as few as