What’s happening in week 37
You’re getting close now. Only three more official weeks to go before your due date as your baby continues to prepare every day for extra-uterine life.
- Make sure your hospital bag is packed with all necessary items of baby like feeder,nappies, clothes and etc. and if you are planning to breastfeed, attend a breastfeeding education session for beginners because most breastfeeding mothers have facing few difficulties in the early stages of establishing feeding.
- Purchase some plastic sheeting to place on your mattresses your labor starts any time with breakage of water bag while you’re in bed. If a mother’s waters break when the baby’s head is still high, there tends to be more of a gush of fluid than if the baby’s head is engaged in their pelvis.
At a glance
- If your baby were born this week, he is still be considered early term, but by week 39, that status changes to full term.
- He’s practicing inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, blinking and turning from side to side.
- Your baby has developed more dexterity in his fingers. He can now grasp onto smaller objects, like a toe or his nose.
- Your baby is likely sucking his thumb a lot these days in preparation for his feeding sessions after birth.
- Immune system continue developing and pass antibodies, that will help protect him from germs during birth.
How big is my baby at 37 weeks?
Baby is now full term and could be born any day from this week. Whether a lot of first babies take little more time than second one. Baby is engaged in the position head down and ready to meet you. If baby delivered this week little lanugo hair must found on his body. Big baby now weighs close to 3 kg as you previously gaining about half a pound per week and the length around 50 cm long from head to toe. Your baby’s lungs are more than likely capable of adjusting to life outside the womb, and your baby,s tummy full of meconium, which will form the contents of their very first nappy green and sticky. At birth, your baby’s head is the same size as their hips, abdomen and shoulders and will change shape through the first few weeks after the birth. Baby’s immune system is continuing to develop in coming weeks and after birth mother’s breast milk will continue to give them with the necessary antibodies to stay healthy.
You at 37 weeks pregnant
- Baby’s position will be settled down this week means if previous week scan he/she lying in the breach position hopefully it will turn to head down position. This may give you some relief if that hard and bony head has been sitting up under your ribs. Cephalic presentation means head down is the best position for your baby to be delivered.
- Colostrum may be leaking from your nipples in this 37 week as delivery is quite near. Your breasts are even heavier and streaked with visible blue veins and pimple like spots around the nipples.
- Vaginal discharge may be increasing and getting thicker,if the mucous color changes to pinkish, red or brownish after vaginal examination, it means your labor is imminent, because your cervix is sensitive now and may be starting to dilate, has been bruised.
- It’s become impossible to lie on your big tummy and doctors advised lying on your back is not advisable, so sleeping on your side becomes the only option for last few weeks.
- Welcome to the last few weeks of gestation. backache, pelvis creaking and bladder can’t hold more than a few millilitres so frequents trips of toilet you may experience.
- In this week Lanugo, that soft downy hair which has been covering your baby’s skin is being reabsorbed.
- If you may experience any bleeding or spotting during last few weeks of pregnancy call your midwife on the safe side. They may tell you to rest or ‘wait and see’ because cause of bleeding later in pregnancy can be due to placental abruption. This is where the placenta partially or fully separates from the wall of the uterus. The condition is dangerous and can deprive baby of oxygen and it can also increase the risk of your baby being born prematurely This situation occur one in 200 pregnancies.
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