At 37 weeks your baby is fully formed. It is at this stage, particularly in first pregnancies, that your baby may begin to move down so that their head is within the pelvis (‘engaged’) as he/she is preparing to be born. The movement of the baby should make things more comfortable for you, however you may feel increased pressure on the abdomen. If it’s more comfortable for you, eat little and often rather than having a big meal, and remember to keep hydrated.

This section looks at nutrition in labour and includes tips for the birth partner, nutrition tips for labour and a brief look at what the science says about food and fluid during labour.