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Your belly may look as though it's started to slide downhill.

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Some of the pressure under your rib cage may be easing offThe baby is still gaining weight as more fat covers his limbs and abdomen.At 37 weeks the average crown to heel length is 18.2 inYour baby turns towards a familiar soundShort, very fine hairs, called vellus hairs

You're now about as big as you're going to get. Soon-maybe this week-the baby will drop down lower into your pelvis, ready for birth. Your belly may shift downward, too, giving you a different shape. This doesn't necessarily mean that labor is imminent, so don't worry about the baby "falling out." You're likely to still have some time to enjoy maternity leave and get organized.

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