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37 Weeks Pregnant

37 Weeks Pregnant

At week 37, your due date is very close now. The doctor’s don’t consider your baby full term yet until 39 weeks. The next 2 weeks is very crucial for the development of your baby brain and lungs to fully mature. 

The baby is rapidly developing in the next couple of weeks.  If you were to go into premature labor, the baby has a 99 % survival rate with out any abnormalities or long-term complications.  

37 Weeks Pregnant:
Baby Development

Fat Development

The folds and creases of the hip, neck, wrists are becoming more obvious with the help of the fat layer at 37th week. 

Preparation For Birth

The baby immune system is getting stronger with antibodies to protect him from any infections or diseases. He is getting all the antibodies and nutrients from the umbilical cord that helps prepare him for delivery.

Motor Coordination Development

The motor coordination has mature greatly; the baby is able to grasp objects such as the umbilical cord.

How Big Is Your Baby?

The baby at week 37 is the size of a Swiss chard.  You’re now considered to be at full term and your baby could arrive any day. The baby is around 19 inches long in size from crown to heel. He weighs around 6.30 pounds. The baby usually gains about 1 ounce per day.

Pregnancy Week 37: Fetal Movement, Birth Positions, And Breech Baby

The baby will have short periods were he is active.  The baby is growing rapidly having less space to move around so his kicks and punches might feel a bit lighter that previously before. 

 Majority of baby’s at week 37 have already positioned themselves head down. If the baby remains breech or transverse they will try EVC. External cephalic version (EVC) helps the doctor apply some pressure to see if the baby will rotate.

37 Weeks Pregnant: Body Changes And Weight Gain

At week 37, you might start experiencing more pressure in the lower abdomen due to the baby gradually dropping down in your belly. When the baby starts dropping down it opens up space for your lungs, ribcage, and stomach to stretch a bit.

Many women complain of shortness of breath and heartburn. The baby dropping might cause some alters to your center of gravity. Many women experience had been a bit clumsier than usual.

37 Weeks Pregnant Tests And Ultrasound

At week 37, full term is completed when carrying twins. Majority of women give birth to twins anytime from weeks 32 to 37. The babies will have a significant survival rate and not have any abnormalities.

37 Weeks Pregnant Tests And Ultrasound

Your doctor will begin a prenatal check every week till day of birth. The prenatal routine will help to monitor the baby’s position or any infections.

The doctor will check also for opening dilation or thinning of your cervix. It’s normal to start dilating weeks before labor. The doctor will perform the Group B strep screening to detect any bacteria.

Pregnancy Week 37 Signs and Symptoms

The early signs and symptoms of pregnancy have decreased. However, they are many new symptoms happening in 37 weeks pregnant:

Early Signs of Labor

There are many signs to watch out for early labor. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Bleeding
  • Spotting
  • Increase vaginal discharge
  • Abdomen cramps
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Pulsing lower back

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