38 Weeks Gestation

38 weeks

  • A newborn is considered full-term at 38 weeks.
  • The fingernails extend beyond the fingertips.
  • Small breast buds are present on both sexes.
  • The unborn child can grasp firmly.
  • The unborn child turns toward a light source.
  • The average weight is greater than 6 pounds.
  • The length is about 19 to 21 inches.

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Last updated December 5, 2012