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37 Weeks Pregnant: Week by Week Pregnancy

Symptoms, Tips and Fetal Development


When you're pregnant at 37 weeks, labor could start at any time. Here's what to look for and what you might expect this week.

Your Body at 37 Weeks Pregnant

Those Braxton-Hicks contractions are probably coming on fast and furious now that you're pregnant at 37 weeks. If your pain is extreme or severe, talk to your healthcare provider.

You might find it easier to breathe now that you're 37 weeks pregnant. This is because the baby has moved down into your pelvis, relieving pressure on your chest and stomach. Although breathing is easier, walking isn't—you might be waddling just a little!

Some women are hit with diarrhea when they're pregnant at 37 weeks. Intestinal distress is normal as your body prepares for the baby's arrival, though if it lasts more than a day, talk to your healthcare provider.

Your belly button might be sticking out now. Don't worry—it will go back to an "innie" once the baby is born.

Your Baby at 37 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is almost 20 inches long and weighs about 6.5 pounds. He's still gaining weight rapidly and if he were born today, you'd be able to find fat on his arms, legs and belly.

human fetus at 37 weeks

If you were to go into labor now, your doctor or midwife wouldn't try to stop it. If you're expecting twins, many of them are born around the 37 week point.

What to Consider When You're 37 Weeks Pregnant

If you're a first-time mom, you might be worried about how to recognize the signs of labor. Talk to your healthcare provider and a trusted friend or family member about how you'll know you're in labor.

Now is also a great time to prepare for maternity leave. If you have a list of people that you want to contact after the baby is born, make sure to put this list in your hospital bag. Many moms like to cook a few meals ahead of time and store them in the freezer for after the baby is born. Being a new parent is overwhelming and having some meals planned out can keep you from ordering a pizza night after night out of sheer exhaustion.

What to Expect at 38 Weeks Pregnant


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