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Pregnancy Diary Week 38

Discover your pregnancy journey

Pregnancy Diary Week 38

Now you are considered full term at 38 weeks. So let’s see what is happening for you and baby.


How your baby is growing

What you can expect  at this time

A beneficial food for your pregnancy nutrition


Pregnancy Diary Week 38: How Is Your Baby Growing?

 At pregnancy week 38, your unborn baby has gained a significant amount of weight. Weighing about 6.8 pounds and around 19 1/2 inches long. She has a strong grip, which you’ll soon feel when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs are developed and are prepared for life outside the womb.

Your baby has most likely lost all the fine, downy hair and defensive white vernix from their skin at this time.

By 38 weeks pregnant, you are considered full-term and your baby’s features are now totally developed.

What you can expect

 For the majority of women, the final weeks are a waiting game. Utilise this time by putting the finishing touches on your baby’s nursery or finishing needed jobs that will be postponed for a while after your baby’s born. Relax, read, take naps, and spend quality time with your partner while you’re able.

Your child continues to utilize glucose from your bloodstream so you may feel run down from hypoglycemia or blood sugar. Have a plethora of healthy on hand to help maintain your glucose level.

In the final weeks before labour, you may observe an increase in vaginal discharge. If you develop a discharge which contains mucus and some blood, this is known as the “show” when you lose the jelly-like cervix plug.

At 38 weeks pregnant diarrhoea is not uncommon as your body prepares for the birth. This diarrhoea aids in making your child’s birth easier, however, if it persists for more than 24 hours contact your doctor.

Slight swelling in your feet and ankles is commonplace during the last weeks. However, if this swelling is extreme or sudden contact your GP immediately. This excessive swelling in hands, feet, ankles, around your eyes or face or sudden weight gain, can be a sign of pre-eclampsia.

Some other symptoms of this disease to be aware of are headaches that won’t go away, changes in vision such as double or blurred vision, seeing flashing lights or spots, sensitivity to light or temporary loss of vision and also abdominal tenderness and pain, nausea and vomiting. Again if any of these signs appear in pregnancy weeks 38 contact your doctor immediately.

Garlic For Pregnancy Nutrition


The use of garlic can cure hypertension. Exposure to high-pressure levels causes the allicin that is present in garlic to relax the blood vessels. Among the benefits of garlic is that it fights thrombosis by lessening the platelet aggregation.


This condition is harmful to the kidneys, could affect the nervous system functions, result in poor eyesight and cause heart disorders. The extracted oil from garlic can safeguard diabetics against these effects.

High Cholesterol Levels

LDL is a type of cholesterol that affects human health. Garlic, through its rich allicin compound content effectively prevents the oxidization of LDL cholesterol.


Taking garlic regularly reduces the risk of oesophagal, stomach and colon cancer. It helps to reduce carcinogenic compound production and lowers the occurrence of breast cancer and tumours.

Eye Care

Garlic has a rich content of Selenium, Vitamin C and Quercetin which treat swellings and eye infections.


Boiled garlic is a wonderful asthma treatment. Before going to sleep each night, drink 3 boiled garlic cloves in one glass of milk to bring relief to asthma patients. Malt vinegar combined with crushed garlic cloves can bring asthma attacks under control.


With several antiviral, antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, garlic is ideal for earache. Home-made garlic oil can be produced by adding the juice from garlic cloves to olive oil. This mixture can last a few days if it is kept at room temperature.


Including garlic in the daily diet assists in eliminating digestive issues. Garlic helps the intestines to function normally for good digestion to take place. Irritation or swelling of the gastric canal can also be rectified with garlic.


Cough and cold can be effectively treated by raw garlic. At the first sign of a cold, a minimum of 2 cloves of crushed garlic should be eaten. This will significantly reduce the severity of the effects of the cold.

Intestinal Problems

Intestinal issues such as colitis, diarrhoea and dysentery are cleared out by the use of garlic. It plays a phenomenal role in dispelling worms. Garlic does not have a negative effect on the functioning of useful intestinal organisms that handle digestion but garlic destroys harmful bacteria found in the intestine.


Fifty per cent of individuals in the world are afflicted with mild, moderate or severe types of acne. Ingredients like turmeric, cream and honey can be combined with garlic and used as a treatment to prevent the growth of acne and remove acne scars. In addition, garlic acts as an antibiotic and a cleanser to soothe rashes on the skin.

Infected Wounds

As a herbal treatment, infected wounds can benefit from garlic being placed directly on them; however, the juice should be diluted with three drops of water to prevent skin irritation.

Sexual Problems

There are aphrodisiac properties present in garlic and they can be used to rejuvenate a sex life The benefits of garlic are renowned for enhancing the libido prowess of men and women alike. Individuals who are sexually overindulgent should take the supplement form of garlic to safeguard against sheer fatigue.



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