Congratulations, you can start counting down up until the last week!
What to expect at 37 weeks pregnant? What’s happening inside your body?
Your symptoms at the 37th week of pregnancy are much similar to late pregnancy. Probably, you’re going to experience some of the typical pregnancy up until the delivery day. Here are the most common symptoms of the 37th week of pregnancy including familiar ones:
Heartburn is absolutely normal at 37 weeks pregnant because your growing baby is putting extra pressure on your uterus causing indigestion.
By 37 weeks, you may feel that the stretch marks over your belly become more noticeable! Remember to keep body oil and lotions handy, also, keep drinking plenty of water.
At 37th week of pregnancy, it’s totally normal to stay up late in the middle of the night for no obvious reason. Remember to do some light exercises during the day for better sleep at night.
Having an upset stomach is totally normal during the whole pregnancy weeks. At 37 weeks, you’re probably experiencing it more frequently as you’re so close to your due date.
You’re probably going to feel more pressure at 37 weeks pregnant if your baby’s head is crowding your pelvis bladder, and hips. Thus, make sure to wear comfortable clothes to support the weight on your tummy.
Leg cramps can become your worst enemy at nights. Therefore, remember to drink plenty of water and make sure you’re having enough magnesium and calcium in your meals.
Your brain is full of endless details now, so it’s totally normal to find yourself forgetting so many things including important events and information. No worries, you’ll be back to normal after giving birth.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
By 37 weeks, you may become familiar with the Braxton Hicks contractions. These regualr contractions can go away if you lie down or sit. In addition, make sure to stay hydrated!
At the 37th week of pregnancy, it’s normal to notice light spotting because your cervix gets extra sensitive. So sex can irritate it and cause some light bleeding but if you have a heavy bleeding rush to the hospital.
Your expanding uterus is putting tons pressure on your body especially your bladder, hips, legs, and back. Make sure to switch your sleeping positions and include a comfortable pillow between your legs for extra support.
How big is your baby at 37 weeks pregnant?
At 37 weeks pregnant, your baby will be as big as a lettuce; weighing around 6.3 pounds and measuring about 19.1 inches long.
37 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
By 37 weeks, your baby can’t move freely as there isn’t enough space inside your womb. The 37-week ultrasound shows your baby relaxed and enjoying some skills like sucking his or her thumb.
When to call the doctor?
You must call the doctor or rush to the hospital if you detect any of the following signs:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Decreased fetal movement
- Severe abdominal pain
- Water breaking
The Checklist of the 37th week of pregnancy:
- Schedule your 38-week prenatal visit.
- Drink plenty of water
- Relax and take it easy