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Monday, November 22, 2010

Fetal development - 37 weeks pregnant


Your baby weighs close to 6.5 pounds/ 2.8 kilograms and may be about 20 inches/ 50 centimetres long from head to toe. Your baby's head is now cradled in your pelvic cavity - surrounded and protected by your pelvic bones. This position clears some much-needed space for her growing legs and buttocks.

Many babies now have a full head of hair, with locks maybe around one inch/ 2.5 centimeters long. Of course, some babies don't have any hair at all.

Inside pregnancy video: a 3D animated look at a baby in this week of pregnancy. Take a look!
Speaking of hair, most of the downy coat of lanugo that covered your baby from 26 weeks has disappeared, and so has most of the vernix caseosa, the whitish substance that also covers her. Your baby will swallow her lanugo and exterior coating, along with other secretions, and store them in her bowels. These will become your infant's first bowel movement, a blackish waste called meconium.