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Week 37

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At 37 weeks, your baby is about the size of a pineapple

What happens when you are 37 weeks pregnant?


Your Baby

Your baby is now starting to prepare herself for birth. She will turn towards light and has even begun practising her breathing. If you are expecting twins, it is quite usual for them to be born at any time now, and they are already considered to be full-term.


Mum and Dad

Children can feel rejected and sad when a new baby is on the way, because they realise that they will have to share you with someone else from now on. Be honest from the start about what's happening and get them involved by asking them to help choose baby names and letting them feel the baby kicking inside your belly. Refer to the new baby as 'your' baby brother or sister to help them feel responsible. When baby is born, try and keep older children involved by sharing bath times for example. Strengthen the bond between siblings by putting older children's fingers inside baby's grasp. Make sure all children still get plenty of time with you for cuddles and stories.


Stay Healthy

After this week, you may get a 'show'. This means that the plug of mucus that seals your cervix during pregnancy comes away ready for the birth. The mucous plug can be lost a few weeks, days, or hours before labour and is thick, yellowish, and may be tinged with blood. Speak with your doctor or midwife about any heavy or unusual discharge you may be having.