Your Pregnancy At Week 38

Weight: 3kg  Size: 49.8cm, Rhubarb  Weeks Left: 2
In a nutshell
Frustration and boredom can start creeping in
Your baby should still be making frequent movements
It’s normal to go past your due date
Your baby’s skin is now a pinkish-red colour

Your Body at Week 38

As your placenta is pumping out pregnancy hormones, another common change you might see is more increased vaginal discharge, which may look slightly brown or pink. This can occur especially if you have had sex recently to get things moving down there.

It’s normally nothing to worry about and is just a sign that your cervix has become softer as a result of increased blood supply.

However, any bright red bleeding is occurring down there followed by abdominal pain, you should report this immediately to your midwife or GP.

Your Baby At Week 38 

As your baby continues to grow right up until birth, the movements should still be frequent. Meaning a kick to the ribs or a sudden punch to your abdomen wall. You will need to keep alert of your baby’s activities and if for some reason, you feel as though they have slowed down, you will need to notify your midwife or GP right away. A change in your baby’s movement can mean they need help.

Week 38 TODO's

  1. Time to get them spicy foods flowing this week. Its known spicy foods can move along your baby to start activating labour. Has this worked for you? Give it a go if you haven’t already.
  2. You may think you have stocked up on nappies. In reality, you can never have enough. Pop some on your shopping list for this week.
  3. If you are feeling cooped up, dust off those cobwebs and go for a gentle stroll. Make sure you are carrying your birth notes though, just in case.

Week 38 FAQ's

Product of the Week

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Boy & Girl Name of the Week

Gender: Male Origin: German Meaning: "Bright Flame"
Gender: Female Origin: Scottish Meaning: "Dweller On The Pain"

Recipe of the Week

Chickpeas with Harissa and Yogurt
BABYGO Recipe of the Week
4.5 / 5
30 Min
Serves 2
10 Ingreds


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 courgette
  • 400g tin chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • Finely chopped flatleaf parsley or coriander
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking Instructions

    1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onion and courgette for 4-5 minutes, until softened.
    2. Add the chickpeas, harissa and tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes are softened. Add a splash of water if the mixture begins to stick.
    3. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Spoon the yoghurt onto two plates and top with warm chickpeas and sprinkle of herbs.

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