At 37 weeks pregnant, your baby is now considered full term. So, if you were to have your baby this week, it would be considered a full-term pregnancy. That being said, the baby is still growing and developing, so it is not a good idea to have an electively induced labor, or an elective c-section, unless your medical practitioner deems it necessary.
Now that you and your baby have reached this full-term state, you can start shifting your focus to labor and what you can expect on the final day of your pregnancy. You may also want to start making preparations around your home by purchasing a car seat, a stroller, and a crib, among other things.
37 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms
In the final weeks of the third trimester, pregnancy symptoms may intensify. Here are the most common signs of pregnancy at week 37:
- Varicose Veins
The extra blood volume that accompanies pregnancy is essential for the healthy development of your 37-weeks old fetus. This increase in blood flow, however, puts pressure on your blood vessels. This is especially apparent in the veins in your legs, which is a common place to experience varicose veins. There are a couple of things you can do that ease any discomfort from varicose veins – avoid standing still for too long, move about as often as possible, and wear comfy clothes.
- Fetal Movement
The fetus at 37 weeks is full-term and getting ready to leave your womb. As its limbs strengthen and get bigger, you may notice increased fetal movement. Your baby will stretch, twist, kick and punch its way around your uterus as it makes its presence known. The number of movements you feel is unpredictable, and you shouldn’t worry if your baby hasn’t moved or kicked as much as someone else’s baby at 37 weeks pregnant.
- Pelvic Pain
A very common sign of pregnancy at 37 weeks and the latter stages of the third trimester is pelvic pain. Up to 80 per cent of women experience this symptom at some point throughout the pregnancy. Now that your baby is getting ready for delivery, it slowly moves down to the pelvic area in a process known as lightening. The pain can range in severity from a few light twinges to intense unbearable discomfort.
- Pregnancy Brain
If you’ve been feeling forgetful the in the past few weeks, pregnancy could be to blame. After 37 weeks of being pregnant, your body has experienced a rollercoaster of various symptoms and fluctuating hormone levels. This, along with the lack of sleep that many women experience, can lead to feelings of confusion, discombobulation, and forgetfulness – otherwise known as “pregnancy brain”.
Your Body at Week 37
On top of the extra weight that you’ve gained and the noticeable baby bump that you are showcasing, your body is likely experiencing other changes as well as it prepares for the arrival of your new-born baby in just a few weeks.
Stretch marks appear on most pregnant women’s bodies, and they are most likely noticeable on the hips, breasts, thighs, buttocks, and belly. Stretch marks are caused by tiny tears in the tissue underneath your skin and are increasingly likely when you’re pregnant due to the skin being pulled tight to accommodate the expanding uterus. Genetics also factor into your susceptibility to having stretch marks.
You’ve also probably noticed some changes to your breasts since you became pregnant, which is largely down to pregnancy hormones. The fat that you have accumulated from the necessary weight gain also contributes to your breasts becoming larger.
Baby Size at Week 37
At 37 weeks pregnant, your baby is now the same size as the head of a romaine lettuce. It weighs around 2.8 to 3.2 kg and measures in the range of 46 to 50 cm.
The dexterity of your baby is improving on a daily basis and he or she is now able to grasp onto small objects. Your baby also continues to practice breathing by inhaling and exhaling the amniotic fluid that surrounds it in the womb.
Week 37 Pregnant Ultrasound
If you have an ultrasound at 37 weeks pregnant, you might have a biophysical profile test for your baby. This test, among other things, checks the heart rate of your baby over a period of time. If you are 37 weeks pregnant with twins, you may also have discussions with your medical practitioner about inducing pregnancy or C-section.
How does your stomach feel at 37 weeks pregnant?
Internally, your stomach may feel unsettled as a result of the harsh third trimester pregnancy symptoms. Externally, your stomach will feel firm and tight due to the uterus expanding.
What to expect at 37 weeks pregnant?
Some of the signs of pregnancy at 37 weeks are swollen ankles and feet, tender breasts, morning sickness, fatigue, and insomnia.
How do you feel at 37 weeks pregnant?
In the final stages of pregnancy, you’ll likely feel quite rough and unwell. The symptoms at 37 weeks can be very intense and you should try to rest as much as possible in order to get your energy levels back up to face the remaining few weeks.
What does your stomach look like at 37 weeks pregnant?
Your baby is now at full-term and has largely finished its development process. Your almost full-sized baby will have expanded your uterus considerably and, as a consequence, your stomach will look very distended.
Tips for Week 37 of Pregnancy
- Get Plenty of Rest
It might not be easy to get sleep during the night with everything that’s happening to your body, but it’s important to try and get as much rest as possible. If you are struggling to sleep throughout the night, try and take naps during the day wherever possible.
- Make Preparations for the New Arrival
With less than a month remaining, it’s time to start getting things ready for your baby’s arrival. Now’s the time to purchase a baby stroller, car seat, and crib, if you haven’t done so already.
- Drink Plenty of Water
Water is the best anecdote to a lot of the week 37 pregnancy symptoms that you may be feeling. It helps alleviate bloating, swelling, and varicose veins, and fuels your system as it prepares for the final stages of pregnancy.