Week 37 pregnancy symptoms

You’re nearing the end of your pregnancy now, so here are the symptoms to watch out for…

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  • Your pregnant body

    One thing to look out for this week is a 'show'. This is when the plug of mucus that previously sealed your uterus has become loose and fallen out, as your cervix dilutes or opens in preparation for labour. This can happen over a week or overnight, so don't worry.

    You may experience abdominal stretching, which is also called hot spots. This is an uncomfortable burning sensation across your tight abdoman caused by the pressure your uterus is putting on your abdominal muscles. The pain is superficial so if there is any deep pain then speak to your midwife or GP straight away.

    Hot spots can be irritated by heavy or tight clothing so avoid tights and enjoy wearing loose, light garments that won't put any pressure on your body. Putting an ice pack on the spot can help to relieve the burning sensation.

    Now find out what you should be doing this week...

  • What should you be doing this week?

    You need to start being prepared at any time now, so keep your hospital bag packed and near the door, in case you need to leave in a hurry, and also make sure that your birth partner and midwife are both clear on your birth plan, so everyone knows what you want to happen.

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 37 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

    Find out what symptoms you had in week 36 of your pregnancy and what you can expect when you are 38 weeks pregnant.