Your Pregnancy: Weeks 37 and 38

Pregnancy week by week: You are 37 and 38 weeks pregnant


Your Body

What’s the best way to cope with a barrage of pregnancy signs — insomnia, Braxton Hicks contractions, an overactive bladder, back ache, swelling and indigestion? Go for a massage. It may not be a cure-all but it will certainly assuage some conditions and relax you as you await baby’s imminent arrival.

The longer baby stays in utero, the more weight he will gain. It’s a different story for mom however. If he hangs around past his due date, you may stop putting on weight and can even drop a pound or two.

Many babies are curled into a posterior position in the uterus (the baby is head down and faces the front of your body). This can lead to lengthy, painful “back labour.” Your midwife or doctor can suggest exercises to coax your baby into turning his head towards your spine. If this does not work, your prenatal teacher can provide strategies for dealing with back pain during labour.

You’re right on schedule if your pregnancy nesting instinct, a burst of energy coupled with a strong urge to clean and reorganize your home, kicks in now (some moms-to-be start nesting months earlier). There’s nothing wrong with reorganizing closets and cupboards, making things clean, spotless and fresh for the newest member of your family, it’s actually a primal instinct. Just remember to pace yourself and conserve your energy because labour day is just around the corner.

Baby’s World

He’s about the size of a watermelon, measuring 49.5 to 50 cm. (19.5 - 20 in.) from crown to feet and weighing 2.95 to 3.2 kg (6 - 7 lb.) He will swallow amniotic fluid and the lanugo body hair and vernix coating he’s shedding. This waste will be passed in his first bowel movements (meconium) outside the womb. If he’s hiccupping more than usual it’s due to the amniotic fluid he’s breathing — his windpipe is still air-free.

Fun Fact

The circumference of your baby’s head and tummy will (almost) match by this stage in pregnancy, allowing him to move smoothly through the tight passageway from the uterus to the cervix and vagina during birth.

Weeks 35 & 36     Weeks 39 & 40

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