How is my baby growing and developing during week 37?

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At 37 weeks of pregnancy, the baby's lungs are developed enough to breathe outside the womb. However, most doctors recommend allowing the baby more time to develop, and will not usually perform an elective induction or labor or elective cesarean section until the 39th week of pregnancy. Your baby now has more distinct cycles of sleeping and waking. During waking hours, your baby will continue to actively kick, even though it is becoming quite cramped.

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