07 Feb 37 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week
This week… this week is BIG. This week, you are 37 weeks pregnant, which means that you’ve officially made it to full term! That means that, medically, your baby is fully developed and if they make their entrance now, they’ll be treated just like the big, fat 40 weekers! Your bump is feeling rather larger life… it has to fit that chunk of a baby in there… it is the size of a honeydew melon, after all!
37 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:
Cervical exams will likely begin at this time. Checks of your cervix, done once weekly from this point on, give you and the doctor valuable information on your impending labor progression. Cervical dilation, cervical thinning aka effacement, fetal presentation (head down or breech), as well as position abs consistency of the cervix and your baby’s station (which tells how low in the pelvis he/she is), are all assessed during a cervical check. It is not uncommon nor concerning to not have cervical dilation at 37 weeks. If you are dilated at this time, your provider will consult with you regarding labor signs and symptoms. Working on a birth plan to go over with your physician is worthwhile to do at this time, and can be found on most pregnancy app websites.
37 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:
My son is REALLY into Paw Patrol and has assigned each one of us a Paw Patrol name… He’s given me the name “Rubble”… If you’re familiar with Paw Patrol, Rubble is the big, English bulldog construction worker. It’s official… I’m big and round like a bulldog… I waddle when I walk like a bulldog… I grunt and snort as I move… like… a… bulldog. Gee, thanks, my darling angel! Mama loves you, too.
I got some incredible news today!! My baby girl has officially turned head-down AND I’m full term [still not dilated one bit, which is always disappointing to hear when I’ve been hoping all those contractions are getting me SOMEWHERE! BUT all that means is that we are good to go if that baby decides to make an appearance.
I’m not on bedrest anymore.
I’m cleared to workout again.
I’ve been prescribed some medicine that will calm my uterus down and hopefully keep these contractions at bay until the real thing!
I could cry, I’m so happy. Okay… I have cried… a lot! My goal is to get this baby [and myself] birthin’ ready, starting with a hair appointment! Hah!
What are you feeling?
Sleeping just isn’t what it used to be. I’m just uncomfortable and restless. This is definitely something I remember from last time and I really remember how wonderfully I slept once baby was born. The opportunities to sleep are way less, but the sleep, itself, is way WAY better!
Is it just me or has time actually slowed down?
Pregnancy Buzz Word – Mucus Plug
The mucus plug is, well… a plug made up of mucus. During pregnancy, the mucus plug builds in the cervix, keeping it nice and closed. Its job is to protect your uterus from unwanted bacteria that could enter in, like from cervical checks at the doctor or during sex. As your cervix begins to thin and dilate, the mucus plug will fall out. This is often the first sign that labor is imminent, but it’s never a good way to know, as labor could happen within hours or weeks of you losing your mucus plug.
Pregnancy Buzz Word – Effacement
Your cervix is normally around 5 cm thick and squeezed shut through your entire pregnancy. Effacement is when your cervix thins out to a small layer. This is scaled by a percentage, so when your cervix is completely thick and closed, it’s 0% effaced and 0cm dilated. In order for your cervix to open completely, you have to be 100% effaced.
Pregnancy Milestone – Installing the Carseat
Your bag of clothes is not the only thing you need to bring with you to the hospital – you’ll need a carseat ready to go for your precious baby! While you won’t need one on your drive there, most hospitals won’t let you or baby leave without showing them that you not only have a carseat, but that your carseat is safely installed in the car! If you don’t already have a carseat, now’s the time to get one and go ahead and install it just so that it’s ready to go when your babe is.
How to Survive this week:
You’ve made it to the end! Your baby is just getting fat at this point, but it’s good to let the baby take their time and make their arrival when their ready! Over the next few weeks, just take care of the last few baby-prepping items on your to do list, get yourself a mani/pedi and try and get some rest! You’ll find that the closer you get to labor and delivery, the less afraid of it you are – you’re just ready to get that baby OUT! I found a lot of comfort in reading birth stories online! Here are both of mine, if you’re interested:
Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:
5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 3rd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
What’s in My Hospital Bag // What to Add to Your Hospital Bag // Prepping your Child for a New Baby
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Our Baby Boy’s Nursery // Our Baby Girl’s Nursery
How I Organized our Nursery // B’s Birth Story // A’s Birth Story // My Pregnancy Dream Team
Maternity Photos – Why I Chose to Do Them // Nesting the Natural Way // Our Newborn Photos