By pregnancy week 37, you have gone through the full cycle of pregnancy, reaching your ninth and final month. You probably feel tired and exhausted, and your baby’s weight is really hurting your back. Just a little more patience!
Although you still have 3 weeks until the official delivery date, your baby is now considered to be “full term”. He has very limited space and can let you know with a few kicks.
Symptoms Of Pregnancy Week 37
Of course, you will feel quite heavy due to the significant weight gain and this worsens your back pain. You should have gained a maximum of 12 kg if things were going right. Your feet, hands, and thighs are swollen. Rest now, you won’t have time for that.
Cracks may appear in the nipples, and stretching abdominal muscles can cause itching. Other body changes include restlessness, fatigue, insomnia, frequent urination, high blood pressure, increased blood sugar, hemorrhoids, and headaches.
As your cervix widens, your body will also prepare for delivery now. The mucus plug, which has clogged the uterus so far, is gradually released from the body. Consult your doctor for more information on all types of vaginal discharge.
Normally, your baby has turned around placing himself in the birthing canal, which means he is ready to be born. His arms and legs are thicker, his gums are harder. From the 37th week of pregnancy, everything is there.
Heart rates, breathing, hormone production, and digestive processes; all automated movements essential to external life are activated. The baby sucks his thumb, tightens his fingers firmly, and waits for that very first breath of air! He is about 45 cm long and weighs around 2.4 kg.
Pregnancy Week 37: What To Do?
Note that at this stage of pregnancy, sexual intercourse can trigger labor! So be careful… Staying active in the last few days is not always easy. However, gentle exercises will allow you to reach labor in the best possible form.
You might be seeing your doctor or midwife more often now, as they monitor the baby’s position in your womb and the state of your cervix.
A check-up with an anesthesia specialist is also necessary, even if you want to give birth without epidurals. Firstly, in case you change your mind, and secondly, if the medical team needs to use general anesthesia for emergencies (e.g., C-section emergency).