With the beginning of the 37th week, you have definitely endured an accomplishment by reaching near the due date. With every passing day, you are getting closer to the due date. The baby at 37th week is considered as at-term so be ready to deliver the baby anytime now. You and your baby will experience many changes during this week in order to get ready for the delivery and labor.
The size of the baby
At the 37th week, the baby resembles the head of single romaine lettuce or winter melon.
Weight/height of the baby
The height of the baby at this week is around 48.5 cms i.e. 19.1 inches while the weight of the baby is around 2.8-3 kgs or 6.3 pounds. With each passing day, the baby will now gain around 14grams or half an ounce on a daily basis.
About your baby
At the 37th week, the baby achieves the cephalic position. During this stage, the baby starts punching and kicking more frequently. The baby starts practicing regular breathing patterns by exhaling and inhaling the amniotic fluid within the mother. The lungs and the brain of the baby are still developing but if in certain conditions, the doctor delivers the baby due to certain complications then it will most likely work in a fine manner.
About your body
At this stage, the uterine wall starts stretching as the due date is coming closer. It thins out so that more light enters the uterus and the baby gets used to the regular schedule. The most important question which you would definitely wonder during this stage is whether the baby has dropped into the pelvis direction or not which means you are about to anticipate labor. If the baby looks down, it shows that the baby will deliver within 3-4 weeks. If the baby has dropped down, you will feel an extreme urge to pee frequently. You’ll develop new stretch marks and fine lines over the belly during these last weeks.
The expected symptoms during these last few weeks include swelling near the extremities, nausea, heartburn, sleeping difficulties, false contractions, tightness within the abdomen, spotting, vaginal discharge, stretches, and spotting, vaginal discharge along with physical symptoms like anxiety, fear, and excitement along with nervousness.
Do & Don’ts
• Start consuming starchy foods which include cereals and potatoes. Lean meats and vegetables can also be included in the diet which helps in reducing diarrhea during pregnancy.
• Stay active during the entire pregnancy and perform activities like walking, swimming or dancing in order to shorten the labor time.
• Consume minerals and vitamins regularly within the right dosage.
• Start applying stretch marks cream as you’ll experience new fine lines and stretches during these last weeks.
• Perform light exercises to stay active and healthy even in the last weeks of your pregnancy.
• Keep yourself hydrated at all times to avoid dehydration.
• Eat a healthy and balanced diet rich in essential nutrients.
• Take prenatal vitamins and iron on a regular basis to consume essential vitamins and minerals.
• Prepare yourself mentally as well as physically as your baby is about to arrive after you have reached week 37.
• Take some photos to remember your pregnancy period.
• Keep your hospital bag ready at all times as you might need it anytime soon.
• Schedule an appointment with your doctor for the 38th week.
• Start reading about childbirth and labor for comfortable labor.
• Try having a perineal massage which makes you feel comfortable.
• Have a read regarding the newborn care and basics regarding baby grooming.