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Pregnancy at 35 to 38 Weeks

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What changes are happening with my body?

You are considered full term at the beginning of 37 weeks. Your breathing may be easier if your baby has moved down into a head-down position. You may need to urinate more often because the baby may be pressing on your bladder. You may also feel more discomfort and get tired easily.

How do I care for myself at this stage of my pregnancy?

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

What are some safety tips during pregnancy?

What changes are happening with my baby?

By 38 weeks, your baby may weigh between 6 and 9 pounds. Your baby may be about 14 inches long from the top of the head to the rump (baby's bottom). Your baby hears well enough to know your voice. As your baby gets larger, you may feel fewer kicks and more stretching and rolling. Your baby may move into a head-down position. Your baby will also rest lower in your abdomen.

What do I need to know about prenatal care?

Your healthcare provider will check your blood pressure and weight. You may also need the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my obstetrician?

Care Agreement

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