Your Pregnancy at Week 37by Your Baby Club
Have You Got Everything Ready?
your baby this week:
Although your due date is not for another 3 weeks, you are now actually classed as being at 'term' - baby is done cooking! It can be expected that your baby will arrive anytime between now and 42-weeks of pregnancy, but let's hope you don't have to wait another 5 weeks.
Despite this being quite a way along in your pregnancy, your little one is still gaining weight and function. At this point, your baby is growing by around 200g a week in the form of super cute and squidgy fat and is getting ready for the big wide world waiting for them, by practising things such as breathing, sucking their thumb, and moving.
If you are planning on breastfeeding, you can now start your colostrum harvesting this week, which will be the gift that keeps on giving in the early weeks. If you have been to antenatal classes (hopefully Let's Talk Birth and Baby ones) you will be aware of the signs of labour and what to do when the time comes.
Something to consider at this stage in the pregnancy - "is everything ready?" Very few babies arrive on their due date, meaning you won’t be guaranteed that extra week of shopping or that day to test the baby gadgets, so try and make sure everything you need is in place ready for your big day.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
What can you expect those initial hours and days after the birth of your little one to be like? Labor can be intensely stressful and exhausting. Depending on how long you labor, as well as the time of day that you deliver and how smoothly everything goes, you may find yourself wanting more than a nice, long nap.
There will be a lot going on around you. Nurses will be monitoring both you and your newborn, and visitors will be coming and going. Your new baby may sleep most of time and only wake to eat or fuss. You'll be working on breastfeeding and maybe even working with a lactation consultant. Sometimes, that expected, instant bond with your baby doesn't happen immediately.
Many new mothers find that the hormonal imbalance following delivery leaves them reeling. You may cry with happiness, or sadness, without really understanding why. You may feel lonely, despite friends and family being around you. Some women miss feeling so close to their little one, as they did when they were still carrying their baby within. Keep in mind that it is entirely normal.
Many women have conflicting emotions about this amazing life change. Feeling sadness or stressed is a natural reaction. You will have a lifetime to sort out your feelings and enjoy your new baby, so give yourself time to adjust. If you get overwhelmed by your feelings, find you aren't able to care for your baby as you should, or feel that things just aren't right, don’t hesitate to speak to your doctor or midwife. The baby blues are a normal part of motherhood and will gradually pass. Postpartum depression is a more serious concern and should be discussed with your doctor.
Pregnancy is exhausting, but when you hold that little baby, you'll realize it was all entirely worth it. Here is a list of symptoms you may experience during week 37.
- Constipation and/or hemorrhoids
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Stretch marks
- Braxton Hicks
- Interrupted sleep
- Backaches and/or leg cramps
- Swelling or bloating
- Crazy dreams
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