37 gestational week
37 gestational week corresponds to the 9th month of pregnancy and falls in the third trimester. The term is getting closer. If this is your first pregnancy, it is quite possible to get to the 40th gestational week and give birth as planned. If you already have children, or are carrying twins, it’s perfectly realistic for labor to begin as early as this gestational week.
However, this is not premature birth. By medical parameters, the child will be carried to term.
Fetal size and development at 37 weeks gestation
- Height – 48.6 cm.
- Weight – 2.9 kg.
- Head circumference – 32.1 cm.
- Abdominal circumference – 33.3 cm.
The child continues to grow and this is clearly noticeable by the rapidly growing abdomen. It now weighs almost 3 kg and is 49 cm long. The head circumference is 32.1 cm and the abdomen circumference is 33.3 cm.
There is no reason to doubt that the child is not ready for birth. His digestive system and also respiratory system are fully prepared. A sufficient amount of subcutaneous fat has accumulated in his body to hold the body temperature.
The skin has been smoothed and has even turned pink. The child’s bones have accumulated calcium which makes them strong and flexible.
The skull is able to protect the brain and will pass the birth canal without problems. Thanks to a sufficient amount of surfactant, the lungs are developed and ready to function optimally. During an ultrasound examination, it is even possible to notice breathing movements that the child imitates.
The nervous system is also fully formed. The placenta continues to thin and its thickness reaches 35.22 mm.
What does a pregnant woman feel during the thirty-seventh gestational week?
From the 37th gestational week, labor is not defined as preterm. The pregnant woman continues to experience the usual discomforts that have been part of her life for another month. We are talking about constipation, heartburn, clumsiness, etc. Braxton Hinks contractions are a common occurrence and do not make her feel anxious.
It is recommended that you continue to monitor your child’s activity. Any suspicion of a lull or unexplained increase in his movements is a reason to consult a doctor immediately.
You are already used to monitoring his weight. It probably seems to you that you are huge. This week it is advisable to gain 150-200 grams.
The uterus remains at the same level as last week. Before delivery it will go down.
Keep monitoring the condition of the vaginal currents. They are an important indicator to monitor so as not to risk the health of the child. Any infection at this stage can lead to complications. The birth canal must be clean!
More mucus during this week should not scare you. The plug that has been closing the cervix may be coming off. So far, it has served an important function – to protect the child against getting infections.
The presence of blood in the vaginal discharge is a possible symptom of placental abruption. Immediately seek the opinion of a specialist.
The menu of a pregnant woman in 37 gestational week
Continue to eat according to the already established rules. Balanced nutrition is key to the health of the child and to relieve unpleasant symptoms during pregnancy.
Rely on foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Avoid salty, spicy and smoked products.
Complaints of constipation, heartburn, liver pain and swelling may increase.
Eat often, but in small portions. This will ease the digestive process. Continue to consume dairy products.
Enrich the daily menu with iron. It is important for avoiding anaemia. Do not forget to consume enough water.
Preparing for childbirth
At this stage of pregnancy, it is important to have prepared your luggage for the hospital and all the necessary documents. Keep handy the phone numbers of people who can help you in case of need.
Try to be relaxed and optimistic in the days before the birth. Do not get nervous about small things. Stress and fear negatively affect the condition of the child.
What is seen on ultrasound?
In 37 gestational weeks, the doctor will monitor the condition of the placenta and the placement of the decidua. From his assessment depends on how to proceed in the future. A caesarean section may be ordered. It is important to determine the amount and nature of the amniotic fluid. They can alarm about possible complications.
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