Welcome to 37 weeks pregnant! You’ve reached a milestone, because your growing baby is now officially “early term”.
So, in the meantime, let’s take a look at what pregnancy at 37 weeks may have in store for you.
What to expect at 37 weeks pregnant?
37 week fetus
As your little sweetheart presses against what seems like every one of your internal organs, you may be wondering: is a 37 weeks baby fully developed? Surely they’re ready to come out now!
Well, mama, at 37 weeks fetal development is certainly racing along, with just a little more work needed on the brain, liver, and lungs in these last few weeks of your pregnancy. Your baby is also gaining about a half ounce of weight every single day.
That means that right now your baby weighs just under 6.5 pounds (on average) and measures in at just over 19 inches from head to heel. They’re about the size of a delicious, nutritious bunch of swiss chard – incidentally, a great source of all those baby-growing micronutrients you need, like iron and vitamin A.
So, what does a baby at 37 weeks in the womb do with their time? When they’re not sleeping (their favorite activity), they may be busy practicing different movements, gestures, and facial expressions. For example, they can make grasping motions with their hand (ready to grab your finger!) and practice smiling and frowning faces. Oh so cute.
37 weeks pregnant symptoms
Being pregnant at 37 weeks isn’t always a walk in the park – although, actually, one of those can help to relieve some of those bump-related aches and pains. Or just provide a welcome distraction.
Every mama is different, but here are some of the symptoms you may be experiencing at 37 weeks pregnant:
- Pressure or pain in your pelvis – caused by your baby’s head dropping lower down ready for birth.
- Clumsiness. A growing bump can make you feel unsteady on your feet, so go easy!
- Pain around your bump. Also called “round ligament pains”.
- Braxton Hicks contractions.
- Fatigue or trouble sleeping.
- Pressure on your bladder. Meaning that you need to pee a lot, or may even leak a little.
- Nesting. You may want to clean everything in sight! But clambering up ladders is probably a no-no.
37 weeks pregnant symptoms not to ignore
Of course, no pregnancy symptom should be ignored if it’s bothering you. Give your healthcare provider a call if you have any concerns.
But it is particularly important at this stage not to overlook the following symptoms:
- Severe swelling in your hands or face
- A headache that won’t go away
- Suddenly gaining weight
- Changes to your vision
- Pain in your right upper abdomen
These symptoms, along with high blood pressure when pregnant at 37 weeks, can be signs of a slightly worrying condition called preeclampsia. If you’re diagnosed with preeclampsia, your doctor may induce labor straight away. That’s because delivering the baby is considered the best way of treating the condition.
Pressing questions at 37 weeks pregnant
So, what else is on your mind, Mama?
If I’m 37 weeks pregnant how many months is that?
It’s 9 months – the clock is ticking closer…
Is it safe to deliver at 37 weeks?
Although they haven’t reached full term yet, a baby delivered at 37 weeks has an excellent chance of doing well outside your uterus. They may just need some extra support in the NICU at first.
If you’re carrying twins or other multiples, though – get ready to go, mama! Most multiples are born at 38 weeks or earlier.
What are the signs of labor at 37 weeks?
But if you’ve not noticed any of those yet, it looks like you have some time to relax and enjoy these last few days or weeks of pregnancy. There might be some last-minute prep you want to get done, like installing the car seat or asking a friend to shop for you in the weeks after the birth. Or maybe you just want to recline and chill out – and that’s fine too!