37 Weeks Pregnant
At 37 weeks you are full-term, meaning your baby is nearly here.
Practice installing baby’s car seat – don’t wait til the last minute as it may be tricky and you will need the car seat to bring your baby home from hospital.
Talk about hot flushes! You may feel hot all the time now, thanks to the extra blood circulating through your body and because you are burning more calories. If you have been suffering from varicose veins, they may be more apparent now and maternity support tights can be a real blessing. This week, possibly later if this isn’t your first pregnancy, you may notice your bump has gotten lower or ‘dropped’ – this is due to baby making his or her way down in preparation for labour.
New research shows that it’s normal for the pushing stage in labour to take longer than current hospital time limits in Ireland. What does that mean for you and your baby? eumom pregnancy & birth expert Tracy Donegan offers her advice for avoiding a rushed labour with tips to help you avoid an instrumental birth.
What if my baby is breech?
By the time you reach 37 weeks, your baby’s development will be nearly done and he or she will be getting ready to make an appearance. This week sees your baby’s soft nails grow to the end of the toes and fingers, and the hair on your baby’s head may be up to 1-2 inches long. In a boy, the testes should have descended. Hopefully, your baby will have adopted the head-down position now, known as cephalic presentation.
You may be wondering what will happen if your baby is breech – if you are one of the small percentage of cases whose baby remains in a less favourable position, your midwife or consultant will discuss your options with you.
Head to our Labour section for answers to all the questions you might have. It's also worth thinking ahead about Breastfeeding, and Bringing Baby Home at this point; so you know what to expect later on!