37 Weeks Pregnant
Nearly fully grown, baby is technically "Early Term" - with excellent chances if born now. However, as long as everything is going well, the womb is still the best place for baby as he or she continues developing. Baby is still growing about an ounce (28 gm) a day and the lungs, liver, and brain are still developing.
Your body is beginning preparation for giving birth in a couple of weeks. Braxton Hicks (rehearsal/mock) contractions may become more frequent, the cervix begins to dilate, and the amniotic fluid starts to reduce in quantity. Your weight gain is slowing down now.
You may also notice baby has dropped down into your pelvis (engaging/ lightening). This can occur 2 -4 weeks before the birth, especially for first time moms. On the other hand, it often does not happen until labor starts - either way is normal.
Hopefully baby's head is facing head down, but if not, don't worry - talk to your health care provider about options for helping baby turn.
Pregnancy To Do's for Week 37
Your Estimated Due Date is still a little way off but many babies come early so be prepared just in case. Pack your bag for hospital if you haven't already.