Time for some good clean… fun? Around week 37 of pregnancy, many moms-to-be find themselves organizing cupboards and scrubbing floors. That’s the phenomenon people lovingly refer to as “nesting.” It may be instinctual—your body senses baby will be here really soon. After all, you’re 37 weeks pregnant, which is considered “early term,” meaning baby is almost ready. Nesting can also be your brain’s way of trying to make sure you’re prepared for, well, as much as you can be prepared for. Having a baby-friendly pad definitely gives you an edge on this whole new parent thing. At least that’s one thing you can control!
How Big Is Baby at 37 weeks?
At 37 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of a head of romaine lettuce. Baby measures about 19.1 inches. Average baby weight at 37 weeks is 6.3 pounds, and baby is gaining about half an ounce each day.
37 Weeks Pregnant Is How Many Months?
37 weeks pregnant is eight months and about one week. You’ve got just three weeks until your due date.
At 37 weeks pregnant, symptoms can be confused with signs of labor. Here’s what you might be feeling this week:
37 weeks pregnant with twins? 57 percent of twins are born before pregnancy week 37, so if your twosome is still hanging in there, you’re in the minority among moms of multiples. And while you’re probably feeling super uncomfortable and really antsy to get those babies out, you’re doing a really good thing for their health by sticking it out.
37 weeks pregnant is the perfect time to brush up on the signs of labor. Each day, your likelihood of going into labor goes up, and who wants to be stuck in a car giving birth because they waited too long to get to the hospital? (We don’t mean to scare you—the chances you’ll give birth in a car are low. We just want you to be prepared.)
The various signs of labor tend to fall into two categories—those that mean it’s coming soon and those that mean it’s happening now.
You’ll go into labor soon if you notice these signs of labor at 37 weeks (though we can’t say how soon—every pregnancy is different. Sorry!):
Below are the signs labor is here—these mean a call to your OB right away:
Your doctor will tell you at what point to get your 37 weeks pregnant belly to the hospital. If your water has broken, your doctor could advise that you be admitted right away, because you may need to be monitored for infection. If you’re having contractions, they’ll probably need to be happen consistently five minutes or less apart before many hospitals will admit you, so the farther away you are, the sooner you’ll need to leave your home.
At 37 weeks, many moms-to-be are dying to know how to induce labor. But don’t get ahead of yourself! A 37-week fetus is considered “early term.” That means doctors don’t recommend inducing or doing a c-section just yet. That’s because at 37 weeks pregnant, some babies need a couple more weeks to complete development. If you go into labor naturally, that’s totally cool, but there’s no need to rush things. Once you hit 39 weeks, which is considered “full term,” you can feel free to take a long walk, have sex, or have acupuncture done in hopes of naturally inducing labor. Those things are considered safe and may work (though none of them are proven!). But seriously, hang tight for a couple weeks. It can make a big difference in the health of your baby at birth. Consider it the first of many selfless acts of love that you will do for baby!
Baby's practicing some cool new skills: inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking. In less cute news, baby's getting the first sticky poop (called meconium) ready for his or her first diaper.
A 37-week ultrasound might be performed as part of a biophysical profile. The profile is designed to gauge baby’s well-being using the ultrasound and the results of a non-stress test.
For moms who are 37 weeks pregnant with twins, your doctor might talk to you about induction or C-section (depending on your medical history and babies’ statuses). Some doctors recommend this happen at 38 weeks pregnant with twins, so you could be meeting your babies in just a week!
No matter how or when you’re going to deliver your baby (or babies!), try not to get too impatient waiting for baby. Remind yourself that it could be any day now—or it could be a few weeks. If you’re feeling antsy, go find something else to clean. (Think you’ve got everything? Look behind the fridge.)
Reminders for the week: