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Guide to Being 38 Weeks Pregnant

Some Things to Consider
Now's the time to research banking or donating cord blood.
Now's the time to research banking or donating cord blood.

Your due date is just two weeks off, and you might be completely prepared. The nursery's done, the bag is packed, the car seat is installed and inspected. Your helper, if you've planned for one, is prepared to clear her schedule for a week after you give birth.

With the big stuff (hopefully) complete, there may be a few smaller but still very important things you can now take some time to consider, including:

  • Cord blood -- Will you bank it? Donate it? You need to decide beforehand if you want to do either of these things.
  • Meals -- It's a good idea to have a couple of weeks' worth of dinners pre-prepared, because you probably won't have the time or energy to cook. A nice stack of take-out menus works just fine, too.
  • Pumping -- If you're breastfeeding, do you plan to pump so your partner can help with feedings? If so, you'll need a breast pump -- you can buy one or rent one, and they're often available at birthing centers and hospitals as well as at stores.

And finally, don't sweat the (relatively) small stuff …

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