WEEK 38
3rd TRIMESTER: DAY 266

Your Baby

Although your baby is just a week away from being considered full term with nearly fully functioning organs, his or her brain and nervous system will continue to develop well into childhood and the teen years.

You may be wondering what your baby will look like. Many parents are surprised by the hair or eye color of their babies at birth, but note, these characteristics may change as they grow older.


Your Body

Before your pregnancy, your uterus weighed only two ounces. By now, it has stretched large enough to hold your baby and weighs around two and a half pounds. Your baby is now almost considered full-term, but he or she will still continue to grow until you deliver.

Your breasts will also reach their full size and your overall weight gain will slow, stop, or even drop a little. At this point, waiting for your baby is a challenge. Many practitioners recommend taking this time to relax and move towards planning and preparing for your time with your newborn.


Activities this week

Time to put the finishing touches on the baby's room! The decorating might be done, but it's time to stock up on diapers and wipes and to wash all of your baby's clothes and bedding. Don't forget supplies for mama, too, like sanitary napkins for postpartum recovery and nipple cream if you are planning on breastfeeding.

Just for you

Nursing pillows, pumping schedules, bottle liners, on my! Whether you plan to breastfeed, formula feed, or a combination of the two, BabyBump's Feeding Group is a great starting place to learn about all the ins and outs of making mealtime a success for you and your little one!