37th Week of Pregnancy
What to Expect at Your Weekly Checkups
Baby's Growth and Development When You're 37 Weeks Pregnant
When you’re 37 weeks pregnant, you have a reason to celebrate. Your baby is considered full-term. These are a few changes your baby experiences:
- Your baby’s weight gain slows considerably, but they’ve got just a little more room to grow.
- Essential fat (a.k.a. baby fat) will continue to form. This will round your baby out and help them stay warm after birth.
- If you have an ultrasound during the 3rd trimester, the technician might measure the head, stomach, and femur to estimate your baby’s weight.
- Your baby weighs more than 2.72 kilograms.
Your Changing Body When You're 37 Weeks Pregnant
When you’re 37 weeks pregnant and in the weeks that follow, you can breathe easier. You might begin to notice some big changes in your body:
- Your baby might move down into your pelvis. When this happens, you might notice some of your late-pregnancy symptoms go away.
- Your shortness of breath might go away as your lungs have more room to move.
- Less pressure on your digestive organs might alleviate heartburn and constipation. Digestion might be easier, too.
- You probably feel more pressure on your bladder.
Wellness and Nutrition When You're 37 Weeks Pregnant
During your 37th week of pregnancy, you, your partner, your baby, and your doctor are making final preparations for your baby’s arrival. Your doctor sees you once a week until labour and delivery. When you’re 37 weeks pregnant, this is a good time to finalise the details of your birth plan and take time to relax.
Weekly prenatal checkups!
- You’ll be seeing your Healthcare Professional once a week beginning with the 37th week of pregnancy. Your exam probably includes:
- Weight measurement
- A blood pressure test
- An analysis of baby’s activity and movement
- A pelvic exam to check baby’s position, height of fundus, and cervix dilation and effacement
- A check for pre-eclampsia, which is high blood pressure during pregnancy
- Vision changes such as blurred eyesight or seeing spots could be pre-eclampsia, symptoms which you should mention to your Healthcare Professional.
- Looking for signs of labour
- Take time at this visit to speak with your Healthcare Professional about your questions or concerns, such as:
- What are the signs of labour?
- When should you go to the hospital?
- Between weekly appointments, let your Healthcare Professional know if you experience vaginal bleeding or leakage that is greenish-brown; constant, severe abdominal pain; or decreased baby movement.
- Relax and let go. Either by yourself or with your partner, practice relaxation techniques to release tension and reduce stress. Some techniques to try include:
- Body, facial, or foot massage for pregnant women. Avoid being on your back, though. Relaxed breathing
- Relaxed breathing
- Guided imagery with the help of a partner or by listening to a CD
- Meditation or prayer
- Progressive muscle relaxation where you tighten and release muscles throughout your body beginning with your toes
- Yoga for pregnant women
- Relaxation can provide you with many benefits, including:
- Reducing anxiety about childbirth
- Helping you rest
- Helping you sleep
Exercise Tip: Avoid exercises or stretches that require you to be flat on your back for more than a few moments.