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38 Weeks Pregnant

This week, it’s all systems go for baby! And did you know you’ve got liquid gold within you?! Plus, alternatives to routine newborn procedures.

  • Baby at 38 Weeks Pregnant 🚼

    All systems go! Yes, Baby Natural is ready for life on the outside now (and we bet you’re ready for it too). Her organs are mature, with the lungs having produced “surfactant,” which keeps the air sacks open during exhalation, making breathing effortless for baby like it is for you.

    Appearance-wise, baby continues to shed the “lanugo,” or body hair, along with some of the vernix on her skin. This shed material goes into the amniotic fluid, which in turn goes into baby, which in turn will go into a diaper sometime soon as meconium, the tarry black poop baby has for the first week or so.

    Some cloth diapering mamas choose to go disposable for the first week because the meconium can stain. But I know plenty of mamas who go cloth from start to finish.

    Baby weighs in at almost 7 pounds now, and is 19.5 inches long. Can you believe she’s gotten so big?

    38 weeks pregnant - Mama Natural pregnancy week by week
  • You at 38 Weeks Pregnant 🚺

    You really are in the home stretch, mama! Did you know that you might be dilated already?! And your cervix could be thinning? This is due to pressure from baby, and it will definitely help you on on the big labor day.

    Another fun factoid: your boobs are brimming with a golden magical tonic called colostrum. This special type of breast milk helps boost baby’s immune system, as well as nourish his digestive tract. It's so powerful, in fact, that many adults take cow colostrum supplements to heal leaky gut!

    For fun, try hand expressing milk from your breast in the shower. See how bright and beautiful your colostrum is. Your body is truly an amazing creation!

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