37 weeks pregnant
37 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development
Measuring up. At 37 weeks pregnant, it's likely that your baby is more than 19 inches long and weighs between 6 and 6.5 pounds, nearing her final birth weight. She'll continue gaining half an ounce of fat per day to help regulate body temperature and keep blood-sugar levels even. Her brain and skull also continue to grow.
Ease on down. Is your baby sitting lower during 37th week of pregnancy? This dropping — also called lightening or engagement — can occur a few weeks before your baby is born. The new, lower position may take some pressure off your lungs and diaphragm, making it easier for you to breathe.
37 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms
The trade-off. The good news about your baby dropping is that you can breathe again. The flip side is that you may feel extra pressure in your lower abdomen and pelvis. Also, your center of gravity changes when your baby drops, so you may be a little clumsier than you were before.
Bag it! Only 5 percent of babies are born on their actual due date, so it's handy to have a packed bag waiting by the door in case your little one comes early. Here are some essentials: a comfortable nightgown or nightshirt, a comfy robe, non-skid slippers or socks, a well-fitting nursing bra, toiletries, and going-home outfits for yourself and the baby.
Close scrutiny. Your healthcare provider may start performing pelvic exams at your weekly prenatal visits. She will check to see if your cervix is dilated (opening up) or effaced (thinning), and will look for any signs of labor during this week of pregnancy. Many women start to dilate weeks before actually going into labor, while some don't show any signs of labor until it's time to go to the hospital. Here are some of the most common signs of labor a pregnant women can undergo during 37th week of pregnancy.
37 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
Notice your baby "sitting" lower, which will likely relieve some pressure. Get week-by-week expert tips on pregnancy to keep track of your baby’s development & to ensure well-being of both you & your baby during entire nine months journey!
Pack your hospital bag and have it ready by the door by 37th week of pregnancy. Have a look at maternity hospital bag checklist to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
Stock your freezer with meals you can heat up after the baby is born
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