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37 Weeks Pregnant

January 24, 2020

37 Weeks Pregnant

37 Weeks Pregnant
37 Weeks Pregnant

How Big Is Your Baby at 37 Weeks?

Your baby is 19.1 inches long and weighs 6.3 pounds this week. That’s about the size of a Pound Puppy.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 37 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 37 Weeks

Your baby is nearing their due date, which means that they could arrive any time now. But until then, they’ll continue putting the finishing touches on their development. Find out what’s happening with your baby at 36 weeks.

  • Dexterity: When you’re 37 weeks pregnant, your baby’s fingers are becoming more coordinated as they learn to grasp and hold things—like the umbilical cord and their own hand. After birth, they’ll hold your pinkie. (Aw!)
  • Head-down: Most babies are in a head-down position by now. If yours is breech (feet down) or transverse (side-lying), your doc may talk to you about doing a version procedure (aka external cephalic version or ECV) to hopefully flip baby into position.
  • Early term: Did you know: your pregnancy is now considered “early term”? That means your baby is almost fully baked and needs just two more weeks for important brain and lung development. If they were born this week, they’d be more likely to need help in the NICU than they would if they’re born at full term at 39 weeks.

💛 Congratulations 💛

It’s the Final Countdown! (In our best🤘Europe🤘 voice). There are only 21 days until your due date.

37 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 37

Photo by Tommy’s

Fun Fact

The Cesarean is named after Julius Caesar. Supposedly he was born via Cesarean, but this myth has recently been debunked.

Your Body: 37 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Not to sound like a broken record, but you’re probably feeling, well, pretty pregnant right about now. Be extra kind to yourself and get as much rest as you can. Here’s what you may be feeling when you’re 37 weeks pregnant.

  • Spotting: Your cervix is easily irritated, so a little spotting in the third trimester is normal, especially after sex. However if you notice a lot of blood, call your healthcare provider since it could indicate something is wrong with the placenta.
  • Gas and bloating: Because of the extra progesterone in your body, you might feel really bloated or have more gas. Try smaller meals and drink lots of water, despite the fact that you’re already running to the bathroom all the time. Also, try to avoid foods that tend to make you gassy. (Like that bean burrito.)
  • Stretch marks: You may find some new tiger stripes on your belly, hips, thighs, arms or bum. These tiny tears within the skin are caused by stretching as your belly’s been growing or if you gained weight quickly. Being prone to stretch marks is more about genetics than it is about anything within your control (like skin care products!), but drinking lots of water and applying oil or cream can’t hurt. Stretch marks will fade after you give birth and will blend in better with your skin tone. Promise.
  • Trouble sleeping: Lots of pregnant women have trouble sleeping in late pregnancy. Stress reduction techniques, like yoga and meditation could help, and so can getting plenty of gentle exercise.
  • Nausea and/or diarrhea: Your baby is so big they’re crowding your digestive tract, which can make you feel ill. 🤢 And also, at this stage in the game, nausea or diarrhea can be early signs of labor.

How Your Body Prepares for Birth

As you go about your day, your bod is preparing for labor. These are a few labor preparations that are probably happening at 37 weeks—or will happen soon:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions: Some doctors believe these sporadic contractions are toning your muscles for the big event and helping to dilate and efface your cervix. They may also eventually spur your labor contractions. You’ll know when they become true labor contractions when they’re more regular, frequent and intense. That’s when you should call your healthcare provider for instructions.
  • Baby drops: At some point, your baby will “drop” into your pelvis, preparing for labor. This can happen right before delivery or a few weeks up to a month ahead. Once baby drops, you might find yourself breathing a little easier, but you also might be heading to the bathroom more often.
  • Cervical changes: To prepare for a vaginal birth, the cervix (baby’s exit path from the uterus) needs to soften, dilate (open) and efface (thin). Your OB will start to check for signs it’s making those changes at your appointments. These changes can begin happening weeks before delivery or the same day—every pregnancy is different!—but still, checking in on these changes can help them get a sense of just how ready your bod is getting.
  • Mucus plug: This is isn’t the prettiest picture, but throughout pregnancy, there’s a mass of mucus that acts like a cork, plugging the entryway to the cervix. As dilation and effacement happens, the mucus plug comes off and is expelled like discharge. Only it’s thick and not your typical discharge, so it can be kind alarming! Once you notice it, it can be a couple weeks or maybe even a few hours before you go into labor.
  • Bloody show: You might notice some slight spotting or streaks of blood—either around the same time as you lose the mucus plug or a little while later. Dubbed “the bloody show,” it’s made up of capillaries that surround the cervix, which can rupture as your lady parts prepare for labor. Once you see this, you might have only a day up to a few days until go time.

Of course, you won’t truly be in labor until you have labor contractions—the regular, increasing ones.

Call your healthcare provider whenever you’ve had contractions that are about five minutes apart, lasting 60 seconds each for about an hour. Or if your water breaks or you think you might be leaking amniotic fluid. They’ll tell you when to grab your hospital bag and go.

Here’s a guide for timing contractions (but there are apps that’ll do it for you, as well).

Timing Contractions
Contraction Start Time End Time Duration Frequency
1:10:15 1:11:10 55 Seconds
1:18:20 1:19:10 50 Seconds 8 min., 5 sec.
1:25:25 1:26:20 55 Seconds 7 min., 5 sec.
1:31:30 1:32:27 57 Seconds 6 min., 5 sec.

Top Tip for 37 Weeks Pregnant

Try not to be nervous about or overthink your labor and birth outcomes. Remember that “All birth is natural.”

Your Life at 37 Weeks Pregnant

You’re now considered “early term.” Cue the marching band and get ready for the final stretch.

  • Top tip: Your baby could come any time now—and that includes up to a couple of weeks after your due date. Now that you’ve entered the last few weeks, write up a list of fun ways to occupy your remaining pre-baby time. If you need to add a few last-minute chores, go for it, but otherwise, try to come up with ideas that keep you entertained and relaxed, like nature walks, movie nights and prenatal yoga classes.
  • Helpful hint: Put together your “Baby Watch List” with contact info (email is probably easiest, but texts work too) for everyone you want to tell as soon as baby has arrived. Assign contacting everyone on that list to someone else, like your BFF, partner or sister.
  • Get ready: While you’re putting your Baby Watch List together, you can also prep the birth announcement, if you want to send them out. Create your design online—Minted and Tiny Prints work well—then all you have to do is insert the perfect picture when you’ve got it.
  • Must-have product: Before you go into labor, book it to the pharmacy or Amazon for a bottle of Colace. After delivery, the last thing you want to do is put any undue strain on your lower abdomen or nether regions. These mild stool softeners (generally safe for nursing mothers, but doublecheck with your doc) can ease postpartum bathroom anxiety (yep, that’s a thing!) and discomfort.

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Your 37 Weeks Pregnant Belly

The weight gain recommendation at 37 weeks pregnant is still about a pound per week, but many parents-to-be find they’re not gaining much weight in this last month of pregnancy. Definitely talk over your weight gain with your healthcare provider, but know that it’s likely you’ve already put on enough pounds to support your babe until their arrival.

You may also notice your bump doesn’t get much bigger from here on out. That’s because amniotic fluid levels start to reduce at 37 weeks pregnant. Your doc will keep an eye on your level, making sure baby still has plenty of padding.

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37 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Go to your week 37 prenatal visit.
  • Get your Group B Strep test, if you haven’t already.
  • Pick your pediatrician. The hospital will ask about your baby’s pediatrician upon delivery so medical records can be shared and the doctor will know to expect you. Have contact information handy in your hospital bag.
  • Make sure everything is squared away at work so your parental leave is uninterrupted.
  • Create a “Baby Watch List” to share news of the baby’s arrival with must-know people.
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