Pregnancy week 37: Your week by week pregnancy guide
Did you know that your baby now simulates a crucial skill he'll definitely need after birth? That's breathing. As for you, mum, pre-register at your hospital so checking in when the time comes is smooth sailing.
Congratulations on coming this far! You are now in week 37 of your pregnancy. Let’s find out what your little baby is up to this week.
Pregnancy week 37: How Big is Your Baby?
Mummy, your baby's size now is as big as rockmelon! You will feel that your tummy is so big now. Also, at pregnancy week 37, your baby is now considered a full-term baby, with 48.5 cm height and weighs about 2.85 kg.
Pregnancy week 37: Your Baby's Development
In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:
- At 37 weeks your baby is considered full-term.
- Your baby's head is currently surrounded and protected by your pelvic bones; the head rests in your pelvic cavity.
- Your baby currently has hair up to 3.5 cm long and no longer has lanugo, the fine layer of down hair all over his/her body.
- She/he is rolling, stretching, and wiggling more and likes to suck on his/her thumb. She/he also enjoys pivoting from side to side and blinking.
- Your baby will simulate breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid.
- You might experience sleepless night, thanks to your anxiety about labour and your becoming a parent. This, in addition to the discomfort due to weight in your belly.
- While an increase in vaginal discharge is normal, be on the alert once you see mucus with tiny amounts of blood as this means that labour is on its way. If your discharge becomes heavy, call your doctor immediately.
- You have to stay hydrated. No matter how bloated you feel, it is important that you drink eight glasses of water a day to ease your fluid retention.
- Give yourself a perineal massage in preparation for the big day. This will help stretch your perineum (the area of skin between your vagina and rectum) in an effort to avoid an episiotomy and tearing. Here's how to give yourself a perineal massage: With clean hands and trimmed nails, lubricate your thumbs and put them inside your vagina. Press down towards your rectum and slide your thumbs across the bottom and side of your perineum, pulling gently outward and forward on the lower part of your vagina with your thumbs hooked inside. This helps to stretch the skin in the same way your baby’s head will during birth.
- Pre-register at your hospital to have an easy check-in experience.