Your baby is still adding a lot of weight and she is shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that enclosed and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath in the uterus.
Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture known as meconium which will form the contents of her first bowel movements.
At the end of this week, your baby will be considered "early term."
Note: Full term is 39 to 40 weeks. Babies born prior to 37 weeks are preterm, 41 weeks is late term, and those born after 42 are post-term.
Most likely your baby is already head-down. But if not, your doctor may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version ie applying pressure to your abdomen to try to manipulate your baby into a head-down position.
You may have a little challenge eating a normal size meal now your baby is taking more space in your tummy. It’s advisable to eat smaller but more frequent meals.
The good news is that you are likely to have lesser heartburn and easier time breathing once your baby begins to "drop" down into your pelvis.
This process is known as lightening and often happens a few weeks before labor if this is your first baby and it probably won’t happen before labour starts if you have given birth before.
If your baby drops, you may also feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen, which may make walking increasingly uncomfortable, and you'll probably find that you have to pee more frequently.
If your baby is very low, you may feel lots of vaginal pressure and discomfort as well.