We made it to week 37 after two weeks of thinking you’d be here early! You are now classed as full term so you could come at any time which makes me think I really should finish off packing that hospital bag!
What’s Happening To You In Week 37?
You are the wriggliest of them all! I’ve had limbs poking me in every possible place this week. You’re around the size of a small watermelon and I’m going to guess you weigh around 5.5lbs, although I’ve seen you should probably weigh anywhere between 6-6.5lbs. Your growth will be slowing down around now as you’ll be focusing on getting all your last minute practice in for life out here.
As you’re now full term, if you were born earlier than we planned, there’s a 99% chance you won’t need to go into an incubator to keep warm since your fat stores are getting pretty full. Your lungs are fully developed too so you wouldn’t need any help breathing either. This is all good news! I’m pretty sure you’re still head down but who knows with how much you move around.
There’s not really much more that will happen in these last couple of weeks. It’s just you getting bigger and getting more practice in!
What’s Happening To Mummy In Week 37?
I am practically losing the will to live. I am SO fed up of being pregnant now. These last 4 weeks have seriously dragged, probably because we were told you were likely to be here earlier! Don’t get me wrong, I’m pleased I’ve managed to get this far with you, but I would just rather you were out now. It’s seriously hard work having to look after Toby while I’m pregnant with you, and I genuinely believe that it might be easier having a newborn!
The back and leg ache has escalated. Anywhere between my belly button to the middle of my thighs is agony. I’m struggling to do the smallest of chores such as washing up; I end up having to bend over the sink, or do it in little batches. Mostly we can get away with using the dishwasher but there’s quite a lot that doesn’t go in there. I’m struggling to get comfortable at night now, it takes me absolutely ages, and the early mornings aren’t improving either. I’m always awake between 5.45am and 6.15am and I can’t get back to sleep because my nose is still so blocked.
Braxton Hicks are still in full swing and I keep thinking it might be the start of labour, although I’d really like you to hold on until after The Baby Show next Sunday. I’ve had some really bad round ligament pains, especially on the right hand side, and they’ve been waking me up in the night as well as getting lightning pains all over.
I feel like you’ve dropped down this week, especially compared to last week. I still get quite breathless, but nothing as bad as it has been and I don’t seem to have had as much heartburn this week which I’m happy about. We’re off to the midwife on Monday for our 37 week check up and then we have another scan on Wednesday, followed by a consultants appointment!