There are lots of things to think about during your pregnancy, week by week things keep adding to the list, too!
Here’s a round up of the most important facts for when you’re 37 weeks pregnant…
37 weeks pregnant: Symptoms
Got a sudden urge to bake a cake, clean the kitchen cupboards, or to clear loads of stuff to the charity shop? That’ll be your nesting instinct. Instead of gathering twigs, you’re setting your house in order in readiness for your new arrival. You may swing from feeling very tired to having sudden bursts of energy.
37 weeks pregnant: Fetal development
Your baby will now measure about 47cm, weigh 6lbs and is considered full term, so could be born at any time. Most of the slippery vernix that coated and protected their skin will have washed off, but they’ll have enough left to help them slide down the birth canal. If they were born now they probably wouldn’t need special care.
Australian researchers suggest it’s the baby who kick-starts labour. Lack of space makes him produce stress hormones which trigger a chain of biochemical reactions…which eventually trigger labour.
37 weeks pregnant: The changes you should make
It’s a quiet week for hospital appointments so make some salon appointments instead. Visit your hairdresser and go for a low-maintenance haircut. Get your legs waxed. Have a pedicure. A little pre-natal pampering is a great distraction and will help tide you over during those early weeks when you’ll be feeling tired and stressed.
Do a big online grocery shop and get it home delivered. Make sure you stock up on plenty of tinned and packet goods, healthy snacks and a good supply of frozen ready meals for the first weeks at home with your baby… and don’t forget the nappies!
Don’t leave anything to chance. Practice your drive to the hospital in rush hour and at weekends. You don’t want to be caught unawares by any temporary lights or road works.