Week Thirty-seven of Your Pregnancy

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Week 37 Info

WEEK 37

Congratulations - your baby is full term!  She weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches long "as long as a stalk of Swiss chard".  Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, anywhere from in ch to 1 inches long.  She'll also be practicing breathing movements in preparation for the outside world.

Your Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable.  You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge.  It's normal to occasionally see some light pink or red tinge to the mucus but be sure to call your provider if you have heavier bleeding.

Make sure to ask your caregiver about the results of your Group B strep culture.  That way, if the results haven't made it to your hospital records before you go into labor you'll be able to give the staff there a timely heads-up if you need antibiotics.

Dreams can become very intense right now as anxiety and excitement build around labor and becoming a parent.  You'll already not be sleeping well so make sure you are getting plenty of rest during the day.

As a general rule, if you're full-term, your pregnancy is uncomplicated, and your water hasn't broken, she'll probably have you wait to come in until you've been having contractions that last for about a minute each, coming every five minutes for an hour. Of course, you'll want to call right away if you notice a decrease in your baby's activity or think you're leaking amniotic fluid, or if you have any vaginal bleeding, fever, a severe or persistent headache, constant abdominal pain, or vision changes.

Even if you're enjoying an uncomplicated pregnancy, it's best to avoid flying "or any travel far from home" during your final month of pregnancy because you can go into labor at any time.  In fact, some airlines won't let women on board who are due to deliver within 30 days of the flight.

Be sure to get a tour of the birth facility if you have not previously.  Check out different routes to get there in case of unexpected traffic.  Have your practitioner's and your hospital's phone numbers handy in case of emergency.  Get your bag packed.

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