37 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
37 WEEKS PREGNANT
At 37 weeks pregnant, the anxiousness to meet your little one is rising by the day, isn’t it? Realistically, you know it’s best if the baby stays put until your due date, but as that date gets closer and you grow increasingly more uncomfortable, you just want to finally have your baby in your arms and be done with this pregnancy. That anxiousness is the reason why you might find yourself unable to sit still – perhaps you’ve grown a strange urge to clean and organize the house and the baby’s things. That urge to clean is called nesting, and it’s common in late pregnancy. While it’s always nice to have a clean and organized house, be sure you get some rest, too!
By 37 weeks pregnant, your baby has grown to the length of a Swiss chard. The baby measures around 19.1 inches right now and weighs somewhere around 6.3 pounds. The baby will continue to gain about a half an ounce each day until you give birth.
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 37
It’s okay to cringe and stick your tongue out at the thought of more pregnancy symptoms because, let’s face it, the symptoms are the suckiest part of being pregnant. The good news is that at 37 weeks, it’s possible that some of the symptoms you may experience could be signs of labor! Here are the pregnancy symptoms you could experience this week:
- Spotting. A little spotting at 37 weeks is normal, especially after having sex. The cervix is very sensitive right now, so it’s easy to irritate it and cause some spotting. If you notice anything heavier than a little bit of spotting, contact your OB. Vaginal bleeding at 37 weeks pregnant could be a sign of placental abruption or other problems with the placenta.
- Heartburn. The baby is still putting a lot of pressure on your digestive system, which can cause you to have heartburn. Stay away from foods that may make the heartburn worse.
- Abdominal and pelvic pressure. If you’re feeling more pressure in your abdomen and pelvis than usual, it’s likely because the baby has dropped in preparation for labor. This pressure could cause some aches and pains down below, such as making it feel as though you’re walking with a bowling ball between your legs. Ouch!
- Nausea. While nausea isn’t an unusual symptom to feel off and on throughout your pregnancy, at 37 weeks, it could be a sign that labor is soon to come!
- Difficulty sleeping. It’s normal to have trouble sleeping when you’re this far into your pregnancy. Try to find some things to do just before bed that will help to relax you enough so that maybe you’ll be able to fall asleep – until the next time you have to pee anyway!
- Contractions. You’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions for some time now, but at 37 weeks pregnant, you’ll have to pay closer attention to those contractions to make sure they’re not real labor contractions! If you sit or lay down while having contractions and they don’t go away, if they increase in intensity, or start coming closer together, contact your OB as you could be in labor!
37 WEEK BABY BUMP
At 37 weeks pregnant, there is the possibility that you could go into labor any time now, so it’s important that you know what signs to watch for that will tell you that either 1) labor will be starting soon, or 2) that you are in labor and need to head to the hospital.
Signs that labor may be starting soon:
- Losing the mucus plug. The mucus plug protects the cervix during your pregnancy, and sometimes near the end of pregnancy as the cervix begins to dilate, that mucus plug comes out. If you notice discharge with a mucus consistency in your underwear or when you wipe, this is probably your mucus plug. The discharge may or may not be mixed with blood, and not all women will lose their mucus plug and/or notice that they’ve lost it.
- Diarrhea. Diarrhea can sometimes mean labor is coming, but it can also just be diarrhea. If you have diarrhea along with other signs or symptoms of labor, then it’s likely due to the fact that you’ll be having your baby before long!
- Nausea. Feeling nauseous can be an indication that you’ll be going into labor soon.
Signs that you are in labor:
- Regular contractions. If the contractions are coming regularly and more frequently, you’re likely in labor! Regular contractions can go on for hours, especially if you’re a first-time mom. These contractions help the cervix to dilate so the baby can pass through it.
- Water breaking. Your water could break in a big gush of fluid or it could be a steady of trickle of fluid leaking out. Either way, your water has broken, and you should contact your OB. Most women go into active labor within 12 hours of their water breaking.
- Back pain. Many women have what is called back labor. If the baby is in a position that he/she is putting pressure on your spine, you may experience back pain during labor. The pain could be just in your back or it could radiate from your back to your belly or from your belly to your back.
You should talk to your doctor about what steps he/she wants you to take if/when you go into labor such as when to call your doctor when you suspect you might be in labor and when to head to the hospital.
37 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
At 37 weeks pregnant, your baby is practicing all sorts of new skills like blinking, sucking, gripping, and inhaling and exhaling. While you may not be feeling your baby doing a whole lot of kicking these days, he’s still wiggling around, stretching, and rolling around a bit – all of which you can feel him doing since space is so tight in your uterus.
You probably won’t have an ultrasound done at 37 weeks pregnant, unless it’s done during a biophysical profile, which includes an ultrasound and a non-stress test, to determine how the baby is doing in there.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 37 WEEKS PREGNANT?
The main thing you should be doing at 37 weeks pregnant is trying to rest and relax as much as possible. Here are a couple other things you can also do this week to keep yourself busy:
- Read. Let your mind relax a bit and sit back, put your feet up, and read. You can read a good fiction novel, or you could read something more directly related to your pregnancy or taking care of a baby.
- Install the car seat. Since the baby could arrive at any time within the next few weeks, go ahead and install the baby’s car seat in your car so it’s ready to go for the big day that you get to bring your baby home with you!
- Sam C's Editorial Team