WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

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As you approach the third trimester of pregnancy, your baby’s development is rapid and it’s common to experience aches and pains as the weight you’re carrying increases.

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You might soon begin to feel the urge to ‘nest’ and get everything ready for the new addition to your family. It can be an incredibly exciting time, but also a frustrating one if you’re like most mums who can’t wait to meet their baby. It’s also perfectly natural to feel nervous about labour.

Section gives you a week-by-week guide to the ways in which your baby’s developing inside you and helps you to prepare both emotionally and physically for labour and birth.

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3RD TRIMESTER

49 cm | 6 lb

Week 37

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Week 37 Pregnancy

At 37 weeks, the weight of an average baby is 6lbs and if your baby was to be born right now they would be developed enough to be considered full-term. Measuring roughly 49cm, they can open and close their eyes – in fact, they even have eyelashes. With little room left to move in there, you may feel them squirming rather than kicking.

‘Nesting’ is the term used to describe the urge to prepare your home for your baby’s arrival. Not all mums feel it but if you do, whether you’re cleaning, getting those little DIY jobs out of the way or simply buying some new bedding, remember to take it easy and not over-exert yourself. Steer clear of paint fumes, heavy lifting and climbing ladders – your balance will be a little off during pregnancy.

If you’re feeling tired and overheated at the moment, it’s because your body is working harder to nurture your baby and support their extra weight – the more blood that your body circulates to both of you, the more calories needed and the warmer you become.

If you’re too hot, why not try some of these ideas to cool you down:

  • Keep a gel mask in the fridge for those times when you’re resting
  • Put your hands and wrists under cold running water to cool your blood down
  • A cooling spray, mini-fan or water spritzer stashed in your handbag will refresh you when you’re out and about
  • Drink lots of water – it’ll keep you cool and rehydrate the fluids you’ve lost through sweating.

If you’re concerned about overheating or have any worries about your pregnancy or the birth, call our Careline team on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.