Week 37

This little baby is getting ready! Your baby will be practising sucking and swallowing, blinking, grasping and breathing.
Your baby is continuing to put on weight fast, and those all-important fat stores are being laid down under the skin. The average weight of babies at birth is around 3.5kg (about 7lb 11oz) and they usually measure around 52cm (20½ inches).

Not long now; you’re on the homeward stretch!

Don't worry - going into labour isn’t usually as dramatic as it’s portrayed, and it's quite unusual for your waters to ‘break’ all over the supermarket floor!

The most common early signs of labour are a low backache or period-type pains, a reddish, jelly-like discharge (known as a ‘show’) and mild irregular contractions. Even then, it will probably be several hours before your labour starts in earnest, especially if it’s your first baby.

In the last weeks of pregnancy you may have some false starts with practice or 'Braxton Hicks' contractions (these don’t hurt as much or increase in intensity like real contractions do).

Leaving the house?

You'll probably want to make sure you have your maternity notes and birth plan with you! Have your hospital bag packed and ready near the door too – you might be needing it sooner than you think! Take a look at our handy hospital checklist if you're not sure what to pack.