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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 37

How big is your baby?
Your baby will be weighing in at around 6.30 pounds (2.859kg) and measuring  19.13 inches (48.6cm). 
How big are you?
Your uterus now sits about 6.2-6.69 inches (16-17cm) above your bellybutton and about 14.56 inches (37cm) above your pubic symphysis.
Your total weight gain should be about 24.9-35.05 pounds (11.3-15.9kg) by this week.
How is your baby developing and growing
  • Your baby is building up it's strength with each day that passes.
  • At this stage not all your baby's bones have ossified and this is an advantage to both you and your baby as it means that he/she will be more flexible during birth.
  • If a light was to shine onto your belly he/she will automatically turn towards light.
  • From the end of this week, your baby's growth rate will slow right down.
Labour symptoms
85% of all babies are born within 2 weeks of their due dates - either early or late. You will be entering this period next week, but now would be a good time to begin getting familiar with the signs and symptoms of labor as well as the different stages of labor.
By now you will be a fair size and will be finding it difficult to do anything and you may almost be willing labor to come. There are a some natural ways which you can induce labor - help bring labor on a little quicker - and there are also some old wives tales as well. 
Your body
After this week, you may lose the mucous plug that sealed off your uterus from infection. The mucous plug can be lost a few weeks, days, or hours before labor and is thick, yellowish, and may be tinged with blood (the mucous plug is also called bloody show).
As the cervix dilates in preparation for the labor, the plug is discharged from the body. Be sure to speak with your health care provider about any discharge you may be having.

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