Pregnancy Week 38
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Pain Relief is available should you chose to use it. If you find that
you need some relief, you may want to start with an injection of a
drug like Demerol or Stadol. These drugs will help you relax and they
also take the edge off of the pain for you. You will still feel the
contractions. They can also make your baby sleepy when he is born.
If you decide you would like an epidural, an anesthesiologist will be
called in. She will inject a local anaesthetic into the space between
your spinal column and the spinal cord, numbing the nerves that serve
the uterus. It may also numb your leg nerves making it hard for you
to move around. They take about 20-30 minutes to set up, then you
usually get a medication every hour and a half. There are a lot of
different feelings about the effects of your baby. You will want to be
sure to do your own research and make an informed decision.
Most babies born anytime after this week, are
considered full term, and have no difficulties at all.
Baby may have long fingernails, in need of a trim, and
a head full of hair at this point. The vernix is
beginning to dissolve. Baby weighs approx 6.8 pounds,
and is about 21.25 inches long.