Pregnancy week 37

Foetal development during week 37 of being pregnant - Your baby's head may engage, dropping right down into the cervix ready for birth.

You may have a sudden urge in the last few weeks to decorate, bake or even start patchwork cot covers, this is known as 'nesting' but not all women experience this. You may feel hot all the time, because your body is working extremely hard. You have more blood circulating and are burning more calories.

Your baby

Your baby is now much plumper and her lungs are ready for the birth. As birth approaches, the amniotic fluid inside your womb has begun to diminish and your baby is growing to fill the space. Your baby's head may engage, dropping right down into the cervix ready for birth. Your baby should settle with her head facing down and tummy facing your back.

Research suggests it's your baby's hormones that kick-start labour. When your baby is ready to emerge your baby's brain will trigger the production of hormones that stimulate the uterus to encourage contractions. Your baby's face is filling out, and now has eyelashes. Her neck is now thickening and her eyelids can now open and close easily.

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i asked my midwife today if my baby head had engaged as i t is a super heavy feeling down there and shooting pains throuout the day/nights for a day or so. she told me that it hadnt happened but the feelings were the baby 'thinking about it' and testing it out lol!!!! not even born yet and already causing trouble hehe
by leaxx 18th May 2009, 9:38am
i have been feeling abit uncomfortable in the last few days, im not due for another 4wks ! cant wait to see my baby now
by christinakhettab 23rd Mar 2009, 9:08am
Baby is 4/5ths engaged so is resting on brim app...... how long roughly until labor starts??
by scooby2008 3rd Dec 2008, 8:02am
how do i no if my baby has become engaged or not?
by frankee 22nd Oct 2008, 11:04am
how do i know that my baby is dropped
by rourou 23rd May 2008, 8:46am
so far i have seen some of the symptoms happening to me.
by jehar 22nd Oct 2007, 9:40am