You are now 36 weeks pregnant (or in your 37th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).
How your baby’s growing
Congratulations! By the end of this week, your pregnancy will have come full term — meaning your baby can be born any day now. (Babies born before 37 weeks are premature or pre-term, and those born after 42 weeks are post-mature or post-term.) All babies are different but a typical 37 week-old weighs 2.86kg/6.30lb. Read more information on your baby’s development this week
How your life’s changing
You may begin to feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen and notice that your baby is gradually dropping. This is called lightening or engagement and your lungs and stomach will finally get a chance to stretch a bit, so breathing and eating become easier. However, walking may become increasingly uncomfortable — some women even say it feels as if the baby is going to fall out. (Don’t worry, it can’t happen.) You may feel as if you need to pee all the time however. Practicing your pelvic floor exercises can help.
Could this be the real thing? Learn to distinguish the true signs of labour. If your partner’s hard to get hold of, buy or borrow a cell phone or pager. Make sure your car always has enough gas to get you to hospital and that you know the best route and where to park. Have a friend on standby to drive you to hospital if he’s likely to be delayed. It’s also a good idea to review the stages of childbirth with your partner so you’ll both be up to speed on the big day. Finally, have your hair cut now so you look your best in the photos — you may not have time later!
Are you having twins? We’ve got a special labour and birth guide just for you. Plus some tips on caring for twins once their born. If you’ve been wondering whether it’s safe for twins to sleep in the same crib — read on.
Parent Tip: Pick a your tunes
“Put your favorite CDs or songs — and a player — in the bag you’ll be taking to the hospital. And don’t forget to stuff some high-energy music in with the calming classical variety. — Kristina