Pregnancy Calendar - Pick a Week!
37 Weeks Pregnant
The signs are there
Your baby is the size of a honeydew melon!
Your baby is now considered full term, and the baby watch is officially on.
Their stomach is now full of meconium, which will form the contents of their very first nappy (yep, that green sticky one you've been told about).
Your baby's skull has remained soft in parts for an easier delivery. These soft spots - also called fontanelles - on your baby's head usually close up around 6 weeks when the head bones meet and fuse. Keep an eye on these after birth; they can give you some pretty important updates on your baby's health. Sunken soft sports may be a sign of dehydration, and if they're bulging, that may be a symptom of serious illness (such as meningitis). If you are concerned that you baby's soft spots look unusual, you should contact your GP.
Here are some signs of labour to keep an eye out for:
- Your water breaking. It may not be a gush like the films always show (although It might well be), you may get more of a trickle, or you may just feel like you've peed yourself which, let's face It, isn't that uncommon these days.
- Regular contractions. You may have been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions over the last month or so, but if these begin to hurt, or do not stop, they might well be the real deal. Start timing those bad boys. Unless told otherwise by your doctor or midwife, call the hospital when they're 5 minutes apart!
- Back pain. if you're experiencing constant back pain, that is more severe than usual, It could be a sign that you're in labour.
Only 3 weeks to go!