Pregnant Week 38

by | June 24, 2020

Now the baby is completely complete and can be born at any time.

Below you will find tips on how to distinguish between prelines and labor.
To give birth between week 37 + 0 and up to week 41 + 6 is considered quite normal in time.
And for those of you expecting twins, it’s probably already time.

Pregnant week 38
Read more about taking care of twins.

Make sure you know where your partner is so you can easily get in touch.

Once the baby’s head has settled down, it will usually be a little easier to breathe and eat again.
If you haven’t had so much preload before, you probably start to feel it now.

What distinguishes reinforcers from such contractions that signal childbirth is that the latter more often hurts. At first, the stomach becomes tense and hard, just as with the precursors, but afterwards a lingering feeling can be left. It sits far down in the abdomen or lower back and is reminiscent of menstrual pain. But it is not at all certain that you will receive any warning that the birth is in progress.

Do you already know that you should give birth with a caesarean? About twenty percent of all deliveries in Stockholm’s hospital are cesarean sections. Of these, 40 percent are planned and 60 percent are emergency procedures. Talk thoroughly to your midwife about your thoughts on the way you hope to give birth, whether it is vaginal or by caesarean section.
Prepare for life after birth – what will happen in your own body the baby’s sleep weeks.

Now the baby is completely complete and can be born at any time.
During the last weeks before birth, the weight usually increases to 3,000-4,500 grams.
From head to foot, most newborn babies usually end up at 47-53 centimeters.
The baby’s umbilical cord is about half a meter long at this stage.

The downy hair that has so far covered the baby’s skin usually disappears, but in some children there may still be some feather here and there even at birth, for example on the upper side of the ears.

Natural pain relief during childbirth

It is possible to relieve the pain during childbirth even without the help of medical pain relief. Here are the most common ways.

It is primarily you who give birth to decide what you want for pain relief. Gain knowledge of the different methods and discuss with your midwife at the Midwife Reception. All midwives offer free parent training. In addition, there are various birth preparation courses to go.

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The non-medical pain relief methods, which read the correct term, do not affect either the child or the pain work. The best effect of these methods is usually obtained at the beginning of labor, during the so-called opening phase. However, it can be difficult to predict what degree of pain relief will be achieved. Therefore, it is not uncommon to supplement with medical pain relief.

Shower and bath

Something as simple as a shower and bath has a soothing and analgesic effect. A hard shower jet directed at the area that pain can relieve the pain. Warm bath water that covers the entire body reduces the body’s gravity, which facilitates relaxation and suppresses the pain.

The bath water temperature should not exceed 38 degrees and it is important to drink liquid, such as water, while bathing so as not to risk fluid shortages. The bath water can have a somewhat stopping effect on the work, especially if the bath occurs at an early stage of the delivery process. If everything is normal, you can bathe even if the amniotic fluid has left.

Physical activity

Often, the midwife will advise you to change your posture during labor or try to be up and walking around a bit. Upright postures can relieve the pain as the body’s own painkillers, such as endorphins, then increase. In addition, gravity and pressure are directed in the right direction, breathing is facilitated and pain work often becomes more efficient.

Being upright and moving means for many women that they do not feel nauseous to the same extent as lying down. Many women also feel that the sense of control and participation becomes greater.


Massage is experienced as pain relief by many women. Here the partner can also participate actively and it can be nice for him to help in some way. Often, the aches also feel like a pain in the lumbar spine and then a relatively hard-handed massage helps in that area. There are also aids to provide massage in most maternity wards. Here, the midwife can give good advice during labor.

Heat and cold

Heat and cold are classic methods of pain relief. A cold towel against the forehead if the woman feels warm and sweaty can do wonders. If the midwife holds a warm towel against the woman’s middle abdomen during the crusts, the risk of rupture is reduced.


Many midwives have trained in acupuncture, a thousand-year-old method that is based on utilizing the body’s own resources for pain relief. This is done by inserting super thin needles a few centimeters under the skin at certain specific points.

Many people find that acupuncture suppresses the pain. It also has a calming effect and can relieve any nausea. The method can be combined with other pain relief at any time during childbirth and can also be used for pain relief.

Sterile quail

Sterile water is injected directly under the skin and where the pain is greatest. Usually injections at several places in the back end, but they can also be added to the groin or lower abdomen. The injections cause severe pain that lasts for 15-30 seconds. This pain activates the body’s own pain relief, which gives a pain-relieving effect lasts for up to two hours. Subsequently, new injections can be given if needed.

Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

TENS works by giving the woman small electrical shocks that block the pain from the pain. This is done through a small telephone-size device. It has small plates that are usually attached to the back. At the pain, you can put on a very weak current that produces shocks, it feels like a hard hand shower jet against the skin.

It is important to start before the pain is too intense, so it is recommended to start even before you have come to the delivery clinic. TENS usually provides the best relief at the beginning of childbirth, but can also be used in pain relief.

A good idea is to practice in advance how the TENS device works. Some midwives rent them out and they are also available for purchase in health care stores.