Your baby is about the weight of a small watermelon 2.9kg and measures 49cm (head to heel)...
If you go into labour at 37 weeks pregnant your baby’s lungs will most likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. However, if you are intending to have a Caesarean section and are carrying only one baby your doctor will not usually plan the operation until around week 39. This will ensure the maximum development of the baby's lungs, brain and other organs before birth.
Many babies have a full head of hair at birth which can measure up to an inch and a half in length, whereas others may come out with only a peach fuzz.
Your baby’s body fat is now around 8% – this will increase to 15% in the next three weeks in time for birth.
Antibodies continue to transfer through the placenta to improve your baby’s immune system and after the birth your breast milk will continue to supply these antibodies. Colostrum, your baby’s first milk, is rich in nutrients and antibodies and the breast milk that follows is nutritionally balanced and will help protect your baby from infections and build immunity.
It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night and you may also be experiencing intense dreams. Anxiety about both labour and becoming a parent can cause your subconscious to go into overdrive.
Braxton Hicks contractions may last longer and feel more uncomfortable and you might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge.
You may experience what is known as a ‘nesting instinct’. This is when you have a sudden burst of energy and start cleaning everything in sight. Try not to overdo it, even if you feel on top of the world. You need to conserve your energy for labour and birth.
Things for you to consider during week 37 of your pregnancy:
What to expect at week 38 of your pregnancy...