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37 Weeks Pregnant

Congratulations! You have now entered the final stages of your pregnancy. Between pregnancy week 37 and pregnancy week 42, most women are considered full term. By 37 weeks pregnancy, you may have gained 18 to 35 pounds.

During 37 weeks pregnant, Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently and may last longer and be more uncomfortable. You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge. If you see some “bloody show” (mucus tinged with a tiny amount of blood) in the toilet or in your undies, labor is probably a few days away — or less. (If you have heavier spotting or bleeding, call your caregiver immediately.) Also be sure to ask your caregiver about the results of your Group B strep culture. That way, if the result isn’t yet on your chart when you get to the hospital or birth center, you’ll be able to give the staff there a timely heads-up if you need antibiotics.

It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. If you can, take it easy through the day — this may be your last chance to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby’s movements, too, and let your caregiver know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though her quarters are getting cozy, she should still be as active as before.

While you’re sleeping, you’re likely to have some intense dreams. Anxiety both about labor and about becoming a parent can fuel a lot of strange flights of unconscious fancy.

Your baby may weigh close to 6.3 pounds by 37 weeks, and may be as much as 19.1 inches long. Your baby is still busy putting on weight during 37 weeks pregnant. The longer your baby stays in utero, the more he will weigh when he is born! These added layers of fat will help strengthen your baby’s overall well being and increase his chances for a healthy and safe entry into the world.

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