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You and your baby at 38 weeks pregnant

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Your baby at 38 weeks

If your baby does a poo during labour, which can sometimes happen, the amniotic fluid will contain meconium. If this is the case, your midwife will want to monitor your baby closely as it could mean he or she is stressed.

You at 38 weeks

Most women go into labour between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. Your midwife or doctor should give you information about what to expect if your baby is overdue.

Read Choices When Pregnancy Reaches 41 weeks (PDF, 536kb) to find out more about your options.

Call your hospital or midwife at any time if you have any worries about your baby, including your baby's movements, or about labour and birth.

Read about your pain relief options during labour, and things you can do yourself to cope with the feeling of contractions.

Things to think about

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Page last reviewed: 04/10/2019
Next review due: 04/10/2022