Pregnancy week 37

Your baby is practising breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid. If you have questions about your baby’s movements be sure to call your midwife or doctor immediately. If you are carrying twins you may be closer to delivery than you think because twins can often arrive before what would be full term for a single baby.

Having said that, you can be considered as full term now in that, if you do go into labour, the doctors won’t intervene to stop the labour.

If you are having a home birth, make sure you have discussed your plan at home with your midwife and birthing partner(s). Try to visit the labour ward if you are going into hospital to familiarise yourself with everything and the staff there. If nothing else, this will be more comforting when you go in to deliver because you will know what to expect.

Do you have older children? Include them as much as possible and make sure they have no reason to garner feelings of rejection – which is a common problem that can lead to sibling rivalry later on.

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.

Make sure you have your bag packed and ready for a trip to the hospital in case you are taken by surprise with an earlier than expected labour.

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