Pregnancy Update: 38 Weeks

How far along are you? 38 weeks on October 23.

How big is baby? The size of a winter melon. That’s about 19 inches long and 6.5 pounds! According to my app, baby may already have an inch or so of hair (Tyler and I were both baldies, so I’m not holding my breath!) and is slowing shedding his vernix.

How are you feeling? I’m still excited, but also getting a little more nervous. I’m very type-A, so the fear of the unknown is getting to me sometimes. I’m trying my best to just go with the flow and I’ve been praying often for peace!

Physically, I ache. My pelvic muscles are really sore from stretching and by the end of the day, it hurts to even just walk around. I do get some Braxton-Hicks contractions once in a while (usually when I’m more active), but they don’t hurt and aren’t regular. I’m uncomfortable most of the time, which isn’t very fun. No cramping or pressure at this point, so he probably won’t be coming early!

Movement: He’s moving around a lot early in the morning, late at night, and usually after I eat. Because he’s taking up more space, it’s getting more uncomfortable because he’s knocking into my hipbones and kicking my rib cage. It’s still so amazing to me, though! I love it.

Any cravings or aversions? I’ve been wanting to drink Pepsi more often lately, but I’ve been trying my best to only drink it in moderation! Mostly because of the caffeine.

Nursery Progress: We changed the light fixture in his room to something not brass and boob-like. 😉 His dresser and a chair have now been moved up there. This weekend I painted the dresser white. Now just to organize things, get some curtains, and other miscellaneous stuff! Most of it can wait because he won’t be sleeping upstairs for awhile, but I like having a project. His cradle is in our room now and is all ready for him, which is very surreal to wake up to!

Weight Gain: At my 38-week doctor appointment, I had gained 17 pounds. Still no stretch marks, but my belly is itchy a lot of the time. I try my best to keep myself from scratching too much! My weight gain has been mostly baby, although Tyler says he thinks my butt is bigger now. Ha!

Sleep: Pregnancy insomnia is definitely a thing, but it’s not happening every night. I’ll just randomly be up for a couple hours in the middle of the night once in awhile, but that’s bearable. I can still get comfortable and am not woken up by any baby kicks or movements. When I’m lying down is pretty much the only time that I’m comfortable, so I’m thankful that I can still get some good sleep! Although both rolling over and getting out of bed are a chore now.

Looking forward to: Not being pregnant anymore. I’m just uncomfortable all the time, which isn’t fun. It could be much worse, but it could also be much better. Also looking forward to seeing what our little one looks like! That’s probably what I’m most excited about.

Definitely looking forward to my maternity leave, too. Everyone keeps telling me how fast it goes by and raining on my parade, but I’m gonna enjoy it, dang it! AND SUSHI. I can. not. wait. for sushi.

I can still see my feet!

Doctor Appointment: My appointment went well. Everything is on track (weight gain, blood pressure, my iron levels, etc.). This was the first appointment that my doctor checked my cervix, but I’m not dilating or anything yet. It’s still early, though! We have our pediatrician picked out and I pre-registered. Nothing else to report since we’re just waiting around at this point!

Maternity Leave: I haven’t touched on this a ton, but my maternity leave is finalized now at both of my jobs. At my full-time office job, I’ll be taking 8 weeks off and working up until I go to the hospital. At my part-time, work-from-home job, I’ll be taking 4 weeks off and working up until I go to the hospital. I’ve been working my little hiney off getting everything in place for the people who will be covering for me while I’m gone, so I’ve been busy! I don’t mind, though. It’ll be so nice to have some time off with no schedule. WOOHOO! Although, at my full-time job I have a hard time not feeling like a burden for taking time off, which kinda sucks. I might write a post about that in the future (because hashtag PROCESSING).


Photo shoots galore! I don’t do much photography other than working with my best friend Van on weddings, but in the last couple months, I’ve scheduled 3 photo shoots – all of which took place in October. Because this is the perfect time for that, right? I did a senior shoot for my cousin, family pictures for my sister, and headshots for a local non-profit. I spent several hours this weekend editing them all so that I didn’t have to worry about them if I happen to go into labor before my due date. I’m glad to have them all finished and sent off!

Speaking of photo shoots… we did our maternity pictures! Our girl Chloe completely rocked it. She posted a sneak peek on Facebook the next day and I am completely in love. We always have so much fun hanging out with her. I’ll definitely be sharing more in a separate post when we get them all sent to us. She’s coming back after the baby is born to do some baby pictures at our house, which is so exciting!

My friends at The Isaiah Project + Sak Saum had a fashion show! I’ve talked about The Isaiah Project before – check out this post for details on them. They partnered with the team from Sak Saum to host an event that was basically cupcakes, a great speaker, and lotsa fun! I went early to help out with set up and was glad that I could still help even though I’m supa pregnant. Haha.

We went to the pumpkin patch! Last year was the first year that we did this as a married couple and we definitely want to make it an annual tradition. We (and by “we,” I mean Tyler) fed the goats for a long time and then picked out some winning pumpkins! I picked out a GIANT one that ended up being 30 pounds, but we also got some other smaller ones to decorate around our door. I love it!

That’s about it, folks. I’ll see you back here in a couple weeks! You can check out all my other pregnancy updates HERE.

About Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).