37 Weeks of Pregnancy

At 37 weeks of pregnancy, the development of the fetus is complete and the baby can be born at any time. But it can also remain in the belly until 41 weeks of gestation, only growing and gaining weight.

At this stage of pregnancy, it is very important that the pregnant woman has everything prepared to go to the maternity ward. After all, in the case of normal delivery, she doesn’t know the time when she might be taken by surprise and won’t have time to straighten everything up overnight.

If you want to stay on top of the main symptoms, events and steps of the 37 weeks of pregnancy, just keep reading!

Symptoms at 37 weeks of pregnancy

During the 37 gestational weeks, the tendency is for the mother to feel more willing and the gestational symptoms to be alleviated. However, there are some annoyances that may be noticed in the coming days. Check below what they are:

Back pains

The weight of the belly is tremendous and this reflects directly on the back, causing pains that accompany you throughout the day. To alleviate them, the best thing to do is prioritize moments of rest throughout the day, do stretching exercises and have a peaceful and regular night’s sleep.

If the symptom remains intense and constant, be sure to let your doctor know so he can see what else can be done.

difficulty falling asleep

Although a regular night’s sleep is very important not only for the relief of back pain, but also for the well-being of the pregnant woman as a whole, she may find it difficult to have a peaceful night’s sleep during this period. And this is related to the fact that it is difficult to find a comfortable position and also because of the anxiety for the baby’s birth, which is already enormous.

To resolve these issues, our recommendations are that you lie on your side with the pillow between your legs (this is the safest and most comfortable position for both mom and baby) and that you take soothing teas and warm baths daily, this will directly contribute to your relaxation.

frequent urination

You may have noticed an increase in urination since the beginning of your pregnancy, right? Well then: this is a result of the pressure that the uterus makes on the bladder, reducing its reservoir. During 37 weeks of pregnancy this symptom tends to become even more intense, as the baby should already be seated and the pressure becomes even greater.

Although you need to go to the bathroom more often, it is important to emphasize that you should not reduce your intake of healthy water and fluids. Differently, try to schedule yourself to go to the bathroom periodically and avoid going to places that do not give you access to toilets for a long period.

Changes in pregnant women at 37 weeks of pregnancy

With the proximity of childbirth, one of the biggest changes in pregnant women tends to be anxiety, which in this gestational stage is already very high. Mom can’t wait to see her baby’s face and pick him up. However, it is important to control her so that this does not harm her.

It is during this period that the last ultrasound is performed and its purpose is to verify the maturity of the placenta and the position of the fetus. After that, if you are going to schedule a cesarean, the doctor will probably already have a forecast.

In the 37 weeks of pregnancy, one of the biggest concerns of doctors is related to the risk of pre-eclampsia , being necessary to strictly measure the pressure of the pregnant woman in all consultations and be attentive to the appearance of signs such as: swelling in the hands and face, high blood pressure and presence of protein in the pee.

Development of the fetus at 37 weeks of pregnancy

The fetus during 37 weeks of gestation is similar to a newborn baby. See some events regarding its development:

  • Your lungs are already fully formed and the baby is probably already training his breathing, inhaling amniotic fluid as oxygen arrives through the umbilical cord;
  • Its behavior at 37 weeks of pregnancy is already similar to that of a newborn, opening its eyes and yawning while awake;
  • All its organs are already complete and formed and, if the baby is born during that week, it will no longer be considered premature, but a full-term baby.

What is the size of the fetus at 37 weeks of pregnancy?

The 37-week gestational fetus measures approximately 48 centimeters, similar in size to a chard, and its estimated weight is 2.8 kilos.

Know how to prepare for breastfeeding

During pregnancy, your body prepares itself for the arrival of the baby and with this it is common that your breasts also prepare for breastfeeding. During this preparation, the development of the mammary ducts and milk-producing cells takes place and there is also a greater blood supply in the area, which justifies the growth of the breasts during the gestational period.

Although this process occurs naturally, it is also important that pregnant women begin to prepare their breasts for breastfeeding, adopting some precautions that will help prevent the appearance of problems, such as cracks or fissures in the nipple.

See below what precautions you can take during the 37 gestational weeks to ensure preparation for breastfeeding:

  1. Wash the breasts with water only: the breasts and nipples should only be washed with water, and it is not recommended to use any soap or cream. This is because the nipples already have a natural hydration and, when using soaps or creams, the hydration is removed and the risks of cracking the nipples are increased;
  2. Wear appropriate bras: during pregnancy it is important that the bras worn by the pregnant woman are appropriate so as not to hurt the breasts. Opt for cotton pieces, with wide straps, without iron and that have good support. Another tip is that breastfeeding bras can be used from the third trimester so that the pregnant woman will get used to it and know how to use it, not leaving this first contact for use the first time after the baby is born;
  3. Sunbathe on the nipples daily: the pregnant woman should organize herself to sunbathe on her nipples daily. The ideal is 15 minutes and that is until 10am or after 4pm. This practice will help prevent the appearance of cracks and fissures in the nipples. Before exposure to the sun, remember to apply sunscreen on the breasts, less on the nipples and areolas. For pregnant women who cannot sunbathe, an alternative is to use 40W light bulbs 30 centimeters away from the nipples;
  4. Massage the breasts: massage once or twice a day is essential to make the breasts more prominent and to make it easier for the baby to hold and suckle the milk. So make this habit and massage daily;
  5. Ventilate the nipples: Allowing the skin on the nipples to breathe is essential for preventing the appearance of cracks or fungal infections. So let the nipples released several times a day, avoiding the use of a bra and preferably blouses too.

Pregnant woman care in the 37 weeks of pregnancy

The time of delivery is coming and with this it is important to take some precautions to ensure that the final moments of your pregnancy are very healthy for the mother and the baby. We have gathered in this post some essential tips and measures for the 37 weeks of pregnancy. check out:

  • Write down the maternity emergency contacts: maternity hospitals usually make an emergency contact number available to pregnant women. Have it written down and, if necessary, contact them so they can evaluate you;
  • Follow the schedule of prenatal consultations: at the end of pregnancy, prenatal consultations are more constant and following the dates proposed by the doctor is essential to ensure your health and that of your baby. Take this time to answer all your questions related to pregnancy and motherhood;
  • Get plenty of rest and prioritize a regular night’s sleep: Use these last few days to get plenty of rest, prioritizing a regular night’s sleep. After all, as soon as your baby is born you will expend a lot of energy and it is important that you are rested;
  • Don’t give up on a healthy and balanced diet : food is a key point to keep your health and that of your little one up to date. So even though the pregnancy is coming to an end, it’s important not to let it go;
  • Hydrate yourself correctly: good hydration is also essential to keep your health up to date. Don’t forget to hydrate yourself correctly, drinking approximately 2 liters of water daily;
  • Inform yourself regarding the type of birth chosen: use the 37 weeks of pregnancy to inform your doctor about the main information about the birth you have chosen, this will help you to feel calmer and to understand what will happen within the next days.

We hope that you have understood what the main symptoms, events and actions of 37 weeks of pregnancy are. If you have any questions regarding this matter, just comment here and we will clarify.

And if you want to know other information about the last gestational weeks, just keep following our blog . To the next!

Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.

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