Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Week 37
This is hopefully the last month of your pregnancy. Towards the end of your 37th week, you will have “full term”. Since you have been pregnant for majority of the year, get prepared for this baby to come out already! Make sure you stress less. Your caregiver may recommend a Group B strep test which is a type of bacteria that can be found in or around the area of the vagina or the rectum.
Congratulations! The baby has reached full term. Your little one measure around 18.9 to 20.9 inches, weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. He is gaining about 1/2 ounce each day. The baby is also practicing some amazing skills including inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking. The baby is now getting his first sticky poop (meconium) ready for his first diaper.
At week 37, you will talk about hot flushes! You may feel hot all the time now. This is also due to the extra blood circulation through your body. Varicose veins are also common during this time. They are more apparent now.
You’ll be busy arranging things to welcome the baby. But you may still experience some of the symptoms such as heartburn, spotting, stretch marks, increased pressure on your abdomen, and trouble in sleeping.
Continue with healthy diet plans and check with your doctor whether you can take food and drink to the hospital with you. If this is the case, pack some energy giving snacks including individual cheese portions and dried fruit.
Haven’t thought of a baby name yet? Start with some exciting pet names at least. Take a look at some of the baby name tools. This will open up for lists of almost thousands of exciting names. Your baby can arrive any day now. Make sure things are organised. Also make sure that there is someone available to look after your other children and manage home.