Welcome to week 37, you've officially reached full-term status! 

At this stage, your baby is packing on the pounds, weighing in around 3 to 4 kilograms on average. They're around 48.6cm long from head to heel now, that's approximately the length of a leek!

Inside your baby's tiny tummy, meconium, that sticky green substance that will become their first poo after birth, is starting to accumulate. It might even contain bits of the lanugo, the fine hair that once covered your baby's body earlier in pregnancy. It's all part of the natural process as your baby prepares for life outside the womb.

Now, let's talk about what's happening with you. If this is your first pregnancy, you may notice that your baby is starting to descend into your pelvis, getting into position for birth. Exciting! If this isn't your first baby, your baby might not drop down until labour begins. Every pregnancy is different, so trust your body and the natural process of childbirth.

It's essential to stay attuned to your baby's movements during this time - their regular movement is a reassuring indicator of their wellbeing. If you notice any changes, such as a decrease in movements, call your maternity unit for guidance straight away.

As your body prepares for your baby's arrival, you may notice some leaking from your nipples. This is entirely normal and is just your body's way of getting ready.



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