Week 37 of Pregnancy: Almost There – Baby’s Final Preparations

Baby Size at Week 37: At week 37, your baby is about the size of a winter melon, measuring around 19.1 inches (48.6 cm) from head to toe and weighing approximately 6.3 pounds (2.9 kg).

Development of the Baby: Your baby’s organs and systems are fully developed, and they are continuing to gain weight and develop a layer of fat for insulation and energy reserves.

Changes and State in the Mother’s Body:

  1. Increased Pressure: As your baby continues to grow, you may feel increased pressure on your bladder and pelvis, leading to more frequent trips to the bathroom and discomfort in the pelvic area.
  2. Braxton Hicks Contractions: Braxton Hicks contractions may become more intense and frequent, sometimes resembling real contractions. Pay attention to any patterns, as this could be a sign that labor is approaching.
  3. Effacement and Dilation: Your cervix may start to thin out (effacement) and open up (dilation) in preparation for labor. Your healthcare provider may perform a cervical examination to monitor these changes.
  4. Nesting Instinct Intensifies: The urge to nest and prepare for your baby’s arrival may become even stronger. Use this time to complete any remaining tasks and make sure everything is ready for your little one.
  5. Decreased Appetite: Some women experience a decrease in appetite during this stage of pregnancy. This is normal as your baby takes up more space and puts pressure on your stomach.

Common Symptoms:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Increased backache and pelvic discomfort
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Difficulty sleeping

Tips for Week 37:

  1. Finalize Your Birth Plan: Review your birth plan with your healthcare provider and discuss any concerns or preferences you may have. Make sure your partner or support person is aware of your wishes as well.
  2. Monitor Contractions: Pay attention to the frequency and intensity of your contractions. Time them and note any changes. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience regular contractions that are getting stronger and closer together.
  3. Practice Relaxation Techniques: Start practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, visualization, and guided imagery. These techniques can help you manage labor pain and stay calm during the birthing process.
  4. Stay Active: Engage in gentle exercises and activities that promote flexibility and strength, such as prenatal yoga or walking. Staying active can help alleviate discomfort and prepare your body for labor.
  5. Stay Hydrated and Well-Nourished: Drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious diet to support your body and provide energy for labor. Focus on consuming foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. How can I differentiate between Braxton Hicks contractions and real contractions?
    • Braxton Hicks contractions are usually irregular and sporadic, while real contractions become more regular and consistent over time. Real contractions also tend to be more intense and may be accompanied by other signs of labor, such as the rupture of the amniotic sac (water breaking) or the loss of the mucus plug.
  2. Is it normal to feel anxious or nervous about labor and delivery?
    • Yes, it is entirely normal to feel anxious or nervous about labor and delivery. Talking to your healthcare provider, attending childbirth education classes, and seeking support from loved ones can help alleviate your fears and provide you with the information and reassurance you need.
  3. What should I do if my water breaks before contractions start?
    • If your water breaks before contractions start, contact your healthcare provider immediately. They will provide guidance on when to go to the hospital and what steps to take next.

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