Now you’re 37 weeks pregnant you should start making the most of the next few of weeks as life is about to change forever! Time to eat out, cook and freeze some meals and rest those swollen feet.
37 weeks pregnant – development guide
Congratulations – you are now considered full-term although it could still be a while before you get to meet your little one. In the meantime make sure you’re prepared for his/her arrival and make the most of this time – catch up on sleep and go out for dinner (it might be a while before you can do either of these things again).
You should also get your hospital and labour bag packed and ready and remind your support person/team they are on call in case of an early arrival, and to keep their mobile on (if they don’t live with you or if they could be at work).
Your baby is now approximately 48cm long (head to foot) and weighs about 2.8kg. Your baby’s fingernails now reach the end of the finger.
Your baby’s face is plumping out along with its shoulders and neck. The amount of space inside the womb really is lessening, so movement of your baby does become restricted.
As long as you can feel your baby moving, you can relax knowing all is well. If you haven’t felt your baby move for at least 4 hours during the day, contact your healthcare provider for a quick check-up. It is usually that your baby is enjoying a long nap, but it is best for your mind to be calmed by knowing this, rather than worrying unnecessarily.
3 things to do now you’re 37 weeks pregnant
Cook and freeze
Now is the perfect time to cook and freeze some meals for after your baby is born. There are quite a few meals that freeze well – try this bolognaise sauce recipe as a base for spagbol or lasagne. Freezing meals now will save you on those nights when you’re too tired and too busy feeding your baby. Otherwise you’ll be either not eating, or relying on expensive and unhealthy takeaway.
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This content is meant as a guide only. If you find anything worrying or unsettling, or experience any bleeding or spotting, contact your local GP, obstetrician or an emergency healthcare provider immediately.