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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9 Comments
  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:)

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