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Your 38th Week

Even if you have enjoyed your pregnancy, you may be longing for it to be over.

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38 week fetus in uterus Parts of the skeleton, particularly the long bones of the arms and legsThe hands may be curled into fistsThe head may now be fully engaged.At 38 weeks the average crown to heel length is 18.6 inThe placenta has reached its full size

The baby is nearly ready, you are more than ready, so when is the birth going to happen? Probably not yet-especially if this is your first pregnancy. For another week or so, the uterus is still the best place for your baby while the finishing touches to her development take place. If you have other children, you can tell them that their new brother or sister won't keep everyone waiting much longer.

Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
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