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Welcome to pregnancy week 37, a significant milestone as you enter the final stages of your pregnancy journey. At this point, your baby is considered full term, and the countdown to meeting your little one begins. In this article, we will explore the key developments during week 37 of pregnancy, the changes happening within your body, and provide essential tips to help you prepare for the upcoming birth.

Baby’s Development:

During pregnancy week 37, your baby is approximately the size of a romaine lettuce, measuring around 19.1 inches (48.6 centimeters) in length and weighing about 6.3 pounds (2.9 kilograms). Let’s delve into the remarkable developments taking place within your baby:

  1. Weight Gain: Your baby continues to gain weight steadily, with the accumulation of fat contributing to their rounded appearance.
  2. Growth and Development: Your baby’s organs and body systems are fully developed, and they are preparing for life outside the womb. Their lungs are mature and ready for independent breathing.
  3. Positioning: By this stage, most babies have settled into the head-down position, with their head engaged in the pelvis. This position facilitates an easier journey through the birth canal during labor.
  4. Vernix Caseosa: The vernix caseosa, a creamy protective coating that has covered your baby’s skin, starts to diminish. However, traces of vernix may still be present at birth, especially in skin creases.
  5. Amniotic Fluid: The volume of amniotic fluid surrounding your baby is gradually decreasing. This reduction is normal as your baby fills up more space in the uterus.


Changes in Your Body:

As you progress through pregnancy week 37, your body is preparing for labor and the imminent arrival of your baby. Here are some common changes you may experience:

  1. Braxton Hicks Contractions: Braxton Hicks contractions may become more frequent and intense. These contractions help prepare your uterus for labor, but they should not be regular or increase in intensity. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience regular, painful contractions.
  2. Pelvic Pressure and Discomfort: The weight of your growing belly may cause increased pelvic pressure and discomfort. This is due to the baby’s position and the pressure exerted on your pelvic floor muscles. Practice pelvic floor exercises and consider using supportive undergarments for relief.
  3. Increased Urination: Your baby’s position and the pressure on your bladder may lead to increased frequency of urination. Be sure to empty your bladder fully each time and avoid caffeine or other diuretics that can further increase urination.
  4. Difficulty Sleeping: Finding a comfortable sleeping position may become more challenging as your belly grows larger. Use pillows for support, experiment with different sleep positions, and try relaxation techniques to promote better sleep.
  5. Nesting Instincts and Emotional Changes: The nesting instinct may intensify as you prepare for your baby’s arrival. You may feel a mix of excitement, anticipation, and heightened emotions as the due date approaches. Lean on your support network and communicate your feelings with your partner or loved ones.

Final Preparations for Birth:

As you prepare for the upcoming birth, here are some essential tips for pregnancy week 37:

  1. Communication with Healthcare Provider: Stay in regular communication with your healthcare provider. Attend all scheduled prenatal check-ups and discuss any concerns or questions you may have about the upcoming birth.
  2. Packing Your Hospital Bag: Ensure your hospital bag is packed and ready with essentials for yourself and your baby. Include comfortable clothing, toiletries, nursing bras, snacks, important documents, and any personal items that will help you feel more comfortable during your hospital stay.
  3. Birth Plan and Preferences: Review your birth plan with your healthcare provider and discuss your preferences for labor and delivery. Be open to adjustments as the circumstances may require, but ensure that your voice and choices are respected.
  4. Car Seat Installation: Install the car seat properly in your vehicle well in advance of your due date. Seek assistance if needed to ensure it is correctly installed and ready for use when you leave the hospital.
  5. Self-Care and Rest: Prioritize self-care and rest as you prepare for the upcoming birth. Listen to your body’s signals, practice relaxation techniques, and engage in activities that help you relax and unwind.


As you embrace pregnancy week 37, cherish the incredible journey you have been on and celebrate the upcoming arrival of your baby. Continue to take care of yourself, communicate with your healthcare provider, and prepare for the birth. The final weeks of pregnancy are a mix of anticipation and excitement, and soon you will be holding your precious little one in your arms.


Aman k. Kashyap

I am a hard-working and driven medical student who isn't afraid to face any challenge. I'm passionate about my work . I would describe myself as an open and honest person who doesn't believe in misleading other people and tries to be fair in everything I do.

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