Week 37

You are considered full-term now and your baby’s final touches are being made. The crown-to-rump length of your baby is now 14 inches and the total length is around 21 inches. Your baby weighs approximately 6.5 pounds. Your uterus may be measuring about the same as it has been and is probably about 6.5 inches from the top of your bellybutton.

This week your baby should engage into your pelvis. If this is not your first pregnancy, it may happen later. When your baby engages, his head drops down into your pelvis and you might feel a slight sensation called `lightening` as the pressure on your ribs eases. As your baby drops into the final position for delivery, you may experience a buzzing feeling and shooting pains in your groin and leg. Normally, you will be able to breathe and eat easier. However, your uterus pushes down harder on your bladder and you will have an increased urge to urinate more frequently. Even if your baby engages now, you still possibly feel his feet in your breastbone around week 40.

Your baby is now fully mature and ready to be born. However, your baby is still growing and developing every day. Fat is still being laid down at a rate of a half ounce a day. If this is your first pregnancy, you can expect to deliver closer to 40 weeks or shortly thereafter. If this is not your first baby, you might go earlier than 40 weeks! Make sure that your bags are packed for the hospital and remember to preregister for admission.

Your doctor may begin doing weekly pelvic exams to evaluate your cervical changes and progression. Your healthcare provider will make sure that you are not leaking amniotic fluid and will also examine your cervix to check for effacement and dilation. Before labor, your cervix is thick and 0% effaced. During labor your cervix thins out and right before delivery it will become very soft and 100% effaced.

Research shows your baby can be affected by stress hormones. Make time to relax, to have fun, and to rest.

Your baby has learned to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing so it can do all three when breastfeeding after birth. Babies practice shallow breathing before birth, using amniotic fluid.

Almost there! Did you know that we also have a month by month calendar for babies? You can find it in the menu under `Babies`: Month by month

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  1. angelfree77 12 February 2015

    I have a situation that I'd like some input about. My husband just called and asked how I would feel about him going out of town for 2 overnights next week for work. There is a timeline that his company is falling behind on. I don't know how to feel about this with my due date being less than 2 weeks away at that point. It seems like going out of town is optional, but it would look better for him if he left. How would you ladies feel about this?

  2. angelfree77 16 February 2015

    It looks like he is not leaving after all. He said that he isn't very comfortable leaving at this point. I just hope it doesn't reflect badly on him with his company. He has never had to travel for them before. Things just have a way of having the worse timing.

  3. kentsmommy 16 February 2015

    Hopefully his company can understand the situation and not hold it against him. I'm glad that he'll be home for your sake.

  4. june2012 18 February 2015

    37+2 today. Getting closer and closer... I preregistered for admission sometime last week and will be having my last OB appointment tomorrow... Angel, am glad he'll be there for you after all...

  5. Gigix 19 February 2015

    Hi! Popping in from week 34 (nearly week 35) to wish everyone good luck over the next coming days and weeks. I can't believe my pregnancy journey is coming to an end soon. Sadly this time I haven't had a chance to think too much about this pregancy with work commitments, but I'm grateful now to be on maternity leave after struggling with my daily commute to work and long hours! Sciatica and difficulty in walking due to SPD is my biggest problem; I keep reminding myself that this is not for too long now! How is everyone else getting on?

  6. kentsmommy 22 February 2015

    Hi Gigix! I'm in the same boat; this pregnancy flew by! I'm probably in the minority here but I'm hoping to go to at least 40 weeks, if not + 1 or 2. I'm not on maternity leave yet; I'm hoping for more spring time off so that I can get the babies outside for walks and playtime rather than being cooped in the house for the whole leave. Hope your sciatica eases! Lucky you being off already. I wish I could do the same; I have so much to do to get ready for our little guy still. Ugh, time flies:)

  7. stacey3 08 September 2016

    Hello week 37! Going to have to crack down on getting things organized for when the big day comes. I don't have my bag fully packed yet, I have to get that done soon. I have my 37 week check up today. I'm sure it will go just like my appointment last week. They won't induce until week 40, and since this is #4, I will probably go into labor on my own before 40 weeks. After my appointment today, I will have to get stuff packed up and ready to go. My room needs to be organized so that I can stick the baby bassinet in there. I am so tired! When am I supposed to get this surge of energy for nesting???

  8. mumof3tobe4 08 September 2016

    I've never nested but I feel so drained and really emotional contractions seem to be starting again just hope it's not in next 24 hours as its my daughter's birthday ( 9/9) need to get that day out the way she'd be so upset sharing her birthday with a sister seems unreal there's like 3 weeks left of pregnancy at most I'm really not ready for Labour I'm so nervous anxious and scared I can't seem to get positive about it ...how did ur appointment go ?

  9. stacey3 08 September 2016

    My appointment was good. They said baby just doesn't have enough room to move around add much. Told me to do kick counts. Also, they asked if I wanted to be checked again, I said no. I will get checked next week. I'm having contractions still as well. It seems like they are just going to continue until baby comes. I'm tired and she said it's because I'm 37 weeks pregnant. They are not worried. I have horrible heart burn. I hope your baby holds off a little while longer. I'm feeling a lot the same, anxious, nervous...I'm not ready. It's number 4, you would think I would be excited and ready already. I have to come up with enough energy to finish a few things. I don't even feel like making dinner for my family because I'm so wiped out. Are you planning on making freezer meals or anything? I've looked into that, but have no ambition to actually do it. You're daughter would have a good birthday gift of baby came on her birthday! Close to your sweep! I can't get them to do anything for inducing me at all until I'm 40 weeks. I am going to need to get things rolling on my own. Any ideas on how to do that? I won't do anything until I'm over 38 weeks.

  10. stacey3 09 September 2016

    Still having lots of contractions today. Not progressing though. I need to find a little bit of energy to start working this baby down. I'm just going to have to push through my sleepiness and start moving. I have to pack my bag the rest of the way. Walk the stairs a bunch. Maybe that will work...

  11. mumof3tobe4 09 September 2016

    Glad ur appointment went well we don't get checked until labour unless induced or stretch n sweep so no idea how things r progressing think il be glad once babies here but at same time I'm glad babies still there I have terrible heartburn the saying is it's all the hair the baby has I don't know how true it is cos all my babies had hair lol apparently this one does too may try some oldies tales out walking sex curries pineapple walking up n down stairs etc I used raspberry leaf tea with youngest 2 which ment to help uterus contract both before and after labour primrose even oil suppose to be good but not tried it ..cooking wise I have a great husband who cooks most meals so I don't have to worry so much my mum in law is with us from Monday too so hel have help with the kiddies and able to do what's needed in home while I'm in hospital and after for afew days

  12. stacey3 10 September 2016

    I have never tried any of the herbal stuff or teas. I walked a lot for my 3rd and lots of stairs. I'm having horrible heartburn too. Anything I eat gives me it. The only thing that soothes it is milk. I don't eat the tums or meds for it. I got the curtains and blanket done for the baby's room. Tomorrow my hubby is painting the stripes on the wall in that room! I am so excited to see how they turn out! I am loving the way the room is coming together. I have always wanted a painted and coordinating nursery and I get to have it this time! My 2 year old loves the orange in there. I made a 2 sided blanket with orange and white chevron on one side and a super soft white fluffy chevron for the other side. It turned out great! I have one more to make now. Both the baby and my 2 yr old will have those blankets to match! I'm getting a little more excited now that the room is coming together. I love the fact that you have your husband to cook for your family! That is great! It is so nice to have your mother in law to stay with as well! I'm sure she will be an amazing help! My mom offered to come stay here to help. I said no thank you. She is horribly obese and her idea of helping is holding the baby while I do all the cooking and cleaning. I would rather have her not come. I will want to hold my baby and relax, not have someone do that for me. My husband is planning on taking a week or two off of work when baby comes so he can help with the big girls. He will be doing the cooking then too, which is nice, but I plan on having some meals made ahead and frozen and some things for simple meals. I want him to be able to focus on our girls while he is off work. It will be nice to get everything done that I want to, then have a baby. I don't think I will be able to relax at all until after this baby comes. I have way too much to do. I really just want to sleep, but I have to get stuff done. It won't be long now, and I need to be prepared.

  13. stacey3 11 September 2016

    Ok, baby's room is done. Blankets are done. Baby can come whenever he feels like it, and I will be ready. I am really happy with the way the paint in the room turned out. The stripes are perfect! Only thing left to do is my bedroom and packing my hospital bag. I feel so relieved. I procrastinated that baby room way too long!

  14. stacey3 12 September 2016

    Your appointment is today? How's everything going? Let me know what they say!

  15. mumof3tobe4 13 September 2016

    Hi sorry not been on glad babies rooms done and getting excited sounds like a lovely colour scheme I did have my appt and couldn't get stretch n sweep babies heads not in pelvis area to stop placenta coming though first so it's a waiting game right now il find out more on Thursday on a good note I get to wait that bit longer

  16. stacey3 14 September 2016

    Good! I am happy for you! I hope your appointment goes good thursday! I have my appointment thursday too. I am getting checked then to see if anything is going on. I have an exercise ball that I have started sitting on to see if baby will be moved down. I am planning on going on a walk tomorrow too. I want this baby to come before he gets too big...big boys run in my husband's family. I am really nervous about it. Like 9 lb 9 oz to 12 lb boys.

  17. stacey3 14 September 2016

    15 more days if I go full term...went for a long walk today then shopping with more walking. Hopefully something starts moving. I'm getting checked tomorrow so we will see if something is going on.

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