So, what do you feel at 37 weeks pregnant? Life could not feel so comfortable these days, right? Moms-to-be, at that time, can suffer from swelling and other aches or pains. However, keep in mind one truth that you are getting very close to the time of meeting your angel. The little one might arrive any time between now and 42 weeks. It is interesting to notice that about 5% of babies actually see the world on their “guess date.” And the majority are usually born in the 2 weeks before as well as 2 weeks after the estimated due date.
Though you are probably ready for the arrival of your baby, it is better to make sure that everything is okay. Try to make a list of what you have left to do and then delegate if necessary. Don’t forget to get a seasoned professional to have a kid safety seat fitted for your car. Some expectant mothers may also have started to nest around this time. In fact, nesting is really common in late pregnancy as it seems to be a sudden urge to clean and get their home really ready for baby. While many women begin to nest earlier, for some mamas, there seems to be a big last minute burst of energy that prompts them to clean their entire house, or even helps them get through those last items on their to-do list easily!
37 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
At 37 weeks pregnant development, your doctor or midwife will begin to check for signs of labour, find out whether your cervix is dilated or not, along with checking out the consistency of the cervix (that means it needs to be softer before labour). Furthermore, you will be checked for the position of your cervix, how thin your cervix is, as well as the position of the kid in relation to your pelvis. As a result, the lower down he/she is, the closer you are to seeing his/her for the first time.
Of course, all of these processes may take about a day or even a month to occur. Thus, although they are definitely helpful signs to determine how far along you are, they are not really concrete evidence of the actual beginning of labour. If you go into the labour at present, it is possible that you can feel crampy, which is just like you are having your period. Besides, passing your mucus plug can occur, too! It will come out all at once in a lump, or you may experience the increased vaginal discharge over a few days. At times, it may also include pink, brown, or red blood in it, especially when you have had sex.
Feel anxious about any discharge or bleeding which does not seem to be normal? Then, don’t hesitate to talk with your doctor now. In case your waters break before the contractions have started, you’ll be then induced if they do not begin soon after so as to reduce the risk of infection. Therefore, urgently call your midwife or doctor if you see your waters coming out in out in a trickle or even full flow.
37 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
At 37 weeks pregnant, symptoms during that late in pregnancy might be familiar to you. These include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Swelling in your extremities
- Braxton-hicks contractions
37 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 37 weeks is about 48-49 centimeters in length, weighs about 3.1 kilograms, and equal to around the size of a winter melon. While the due date is close now, he/she has not been still considered full term yet for another two weeks. For that reason, the little will still be in early term if he/she is born around that time. The next 2 weeks in your womb will definitely see his/her brain and lungs reaching full maturity. The angel will still keep gaining around half a pound a week until the delivery.
Moreover, he/she also practices for the life outside of her cozy current home, such as sucking his/her thumb, rehearsing through breathing amniotic fluid, blinking, or moving from side to side. After being born, the head of your baby will be the same circumference as his/her chest.
His/her brain and lungs continue maturing. Therefore, an induction or C-section at this stage should be carefully considered when it comes to medical necessity. As your baby is ready to welcome the world, there isn’t much room for him/her to move around. He/she will not get much longer between now and birth. However, he/she can gain 500 grams this week.
Have you ever wondered what your angel will look like once he/she is born? It is amazing to know that he/she can look quite different to you and your husband. Don’t fret if you see his/her hair has a different color from the one of you two if he/she is born this week. It is quite normal for dark-haired parents to have a kid emerge with red or blonde hair, or even fair-haired couples to have a little one emerge with a dark mop.
What should you do?
37 weeks pregnant means that you are close to the end of pregnancy. This period may be long and even nerve-racking. Many moms-to-be can feel very excited about seeing their little one enter the world a few weeks early. Calm down, please! Patience is the best gift you are able to give both yourself and your baby. Actually, the outcomes of 39-week babies are always much better than those who are born earlier. The reason is that their organs continue developing around that time. Unless there is likely a health risk to either the baby or the mother, it’s best to let baby arrive until at least 39 weeks.
Count minutes for the labor to begin, right? However, there is plenty you can do to get ready for the angel’s arrival. Write down any remaining questions you have in mind about the labor. Then, bring them to your weekly doctor appointment. To be sure, it is also never too early to practice a lot of useful breathing exercises you learned in the birth class. Keep a healthy and nutritious diet, remember!