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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 38

How big is your baby?
Your baby will be weighing in at around 3.083kg (6.80 pounds) and measuring 49.8cm (19.61 inches). 
How big are you?
Your uterus now sits about 16-17cm above your bellybutton and about 37cm above your pubic symphysis. Most women don't grow much more in the last few weeks of their pregnancy.
How is your baby developing and growing
At this stage of your pregnancy your baby is gathering a lot of meconium in his/her intestines. This will then pass through the system as the first stool.
Your nutrition
Now you may not feel much like eating as you are more than likely feeling tired, sore and bloated.
It is important that you keep your nutritional intake up, and here are a few 'smart snacks' to ensure you keep your nutritional value up:
  • Bananas, raisins and dried fruits for iron, potassium and magnesium
  • String cheese for calcium and protein
  • Crackers for fibre
  • Fruit shakes made with skim milk and yogurt for calcium, vitamins and minerals. 
Your body
Because your baby is engaged in your pelvis, your bladder is extremely compressed, making frequent bathroom trips a necessity.
Have you and your partner made a decision about circumcision? Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin of the penis in male babies. For some parents the decision to circumcise is a religious one. For others, the choice is not as easily made.
Talk to your health care provider about the issues surrounding circumcision, including pain relief options for the baby.

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