How is my baby growing?
Your baby is now 37 weeks old and growing very fast. With the length of 48cm from head to heel and weighing about 2.85kg, you can compare the size to a bunch of swiss chard.
By now, your baby has developed enough coordination to grasp with his fingers. If your belly is exposed to a bright light, your baby may turn towards it in your uterus. Your baby still needs a few more weeks to fully mature. If you plan for a c-section, it’s best to schedule your c-section after 39 weeks.
Body & Life Changes
How is my body changing?
As you get closer to your due date, you will start to feel Braxton Hicks contractions, or fake contractions. It’s probably what you are feeling right now. This is normal, so you should not worry and just monitor if the contractions become more regular. They may last longer and you may feel more uncomfortable.
Sleep may be more difficult for you at this time. If you can, you should try to find time during the day to take short naps. This will help you keep your energy up. Not only you are having trouble sleeping, but you may also be having intense dreams. This completely normal. Your life is about to change dramatically. Anxious about what will happen during labor and being a mom can often cause intense dreams.
With all your changes in your body, make sure to keep monitoring your baby’s movements. Let your doctor know if you notice a decrease in movement. Your baby is taking up all the space in your uterus, which makes it hard for the baby to kick. But you will feel your baby stretching, rolling and wiggling.
What should I be concerned about?
During the last month of pregnancy, you should pay more attention to any unusual signs. You should be concerned with any signs of pre-labor. Contact your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms:
- If you have spotted bleeding at any time during this month, call your doctor immediately. This may be caused by the release of your mucus plug, thickened mucus that blocks the cervical canal leading to your uterus. This can be referred to as a “bloody show.” This can be a sign that labor may start in a few days or weeks.
- If you have severe and frequent pains, call your doctor immediately. Although uncommon, it may be a sign of placental abruption. Other signs associated with placental abruption are a fever, vaginal discharge and infection.
- Your contractions become more regular and intense. They also occur at shorter intervals. You can also tell if your contractions still persist when you stop or start an activity or change position, these are most likely true labor contractions.
- Your water breaks. This is when the amniotic sac that is holding your baby secure starts to break. The fluid may gush out fast or trick slowly down your leg. Contractions can happen right before or after. When this happens, contact your doctor right away. Your baby is on it’s way.
What should I tell my doctor?
You should let your doctor know about any pre-labor signs or your anxiety about labor. This can lead to stress, which can make your delivery difficult. Talk to your doctor about any anxieties or concerns you have about labor. Your doctor may suggest ways to help you manage your stress and relaxation exercises you can do with your partner.
What tests should I know about?
You will probably have to perform checkup every week till delivery. It maybe normal if you have to performed more than one pelvic exam. Those exams can help your doctor know the position of the baby for delivery: top-first, leg-first or bottom-first in your womb. Most babies get into top-first position by the end of pregnancy. In an anterior position, your baby fits snugly into the curve of your pelvis. During the pelvic exam, doctor will also do a cervical exam to check whether your cervix has begun to open or soften or thin and numbers and percentage will show this information.
Health & Safety
What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?
You should know that these last few weeks are just as important as the first few weeks of pregnancy. Your baby needs these last few weeks to fully mature and develop. With recent studies, doctors no longer consider 37 weeks as full-term but still pre-term. This means it’s too early to schedule your c-section.
If you decide to have a natural birth, the best way to stay healthy is to prepare your breathing exercises and Kegel exercises. This will help you get ready for the big day.
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Review Date: August 11, 2016 | Last Modified: October 26, 2018
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