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37 Weeks of Pregnancy – Symptoms and Fetal Development

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The sudden feeling of nausea right in that winter morning announced the arrival of the next of the kin. The announcement was soon succeeded by stories, advices, tips and tricks to survival. While it all sounded so fun and loving, when the sleepless slumber nights were filled with worries and emotions, the soft transition to motherhood was heavily realized through hardships.

With the passing months, the strong bond between the new one and the mother grew stronger than ever. With the passing days, this bond becomes inseparable but alas, like anything everything comes to an end, here with a 40 week time frame. The doctors devised the plan of counting pregnancy in a weekly format since that way they can access the development and monitor his changes more readily. This is nine months is considered 40 weeks where by the 37th week you and your baby are more than prepared to take on life.

37 Weeks of Pregnancy

Heart Beat:

If someone would have told you one day you would be the proud mother of a precious little one, you would have not been sure of yourself, but now as the days edged towards the final weeks, you know better now. You know the days and the nights would soon be filled with the little toddler but as of yet this fetus sheltered inside you has a beating heart. The once profane faint thud the doctor’s would use a Doppler to listen to now is beating loud and strong. By the 37th week, the baby’s heart along with its arteries and veins would be clear and beating. Now the doctor no longer requires a special machine. A simple stethoscope to the mother’s belly would be all.

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Move Around:

All this time your little boy was silent and dull waiting for his parts to develop. He had his mind calm and strong as that too developed over time. The brains and the impulses shooting across his body slowly gave way to his wisdom and now he realized all this time he was holding his position for nothing. So now that he knows better don’t get scared if you feel a rumbling and tumbling movement down your stomach.

Kick it Up:

Not only the movements but do you know by now your baby might starts punching and kicking which is why be careful not to miss the first kick. This is not of any discomfort for either of you but be rest assured your baby now wants to move around and kick asking you to let him out. He might even respond to you by a kick or a punch.

Brave Words:

With time your baby develops the sensation of hearing. Over the weeks and months you have been talking to the people, you have been putting on your favorite music and reading a book aloud. All this are registered in her mind and now at this end stage she has mastered the ability to recognize and familiar herself with the voices and the music. The doctors say later this same audios and voices would help you calm her down but for now enjoy an early morning conversation with your wee little one.

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Sleep Little One:

The characteristics of a proper human are now dawning on him. He now has a strong requirement for slumber now and if you are lucky the ultrasound will catch him sleeping in his favorite position like maybe arm over eyes or underneath the skin. He may even have a specific time for sleeping.

Skin Care:

The previous weeks from the beginning had seen him covered in a white waxy substance with a layer of soft hair. These are all protection that allows the baby’s skin to be soft and not wrinkle due to the amniotic fluid or anything else. But now with time, the waxy substance is being washed away revealing his soft skin. The baby hair on him is too shedding.

Right around this time, along with the baby the mother chances upon some changes too. The entire of the 40 weeks is distributed into three parts. The first trimester where the turmoil goes down, the second trimester or the ‘golden era’ where adjustments are made and the third trimester where the turmoil comes back.

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The Sleepless Nights:

By now your baby has a fit chance of survival outside of you, so you never know when he is going to drop the bomb. The tension and the worry have an integral part to play in the fear building inside of you. The precision with which you have dreamed of executing the deed now seems a bit shaken. You want that perfection and in pursuit of that you end up staying up the night and sleeping through the oddest of times the next day.

The Frequent Got to Go’s:

With the baby now grown up to a whooping seven pounds and more, his weight adds additional pressure to the bladder. When your little one passes urine, it gets stores in the same bladder of yours through the cord and then there is your own. All this factors make up to the point where you now lose your ability to hold the pee any longer. With the excess pressure on your bladder, the urine pressure can be stored or hold, as a result, you have to run to the bathroom every now and then.


The baby now has grown up to the point where he requires more space in spite of your uterine walls stretching to the fullest. As a result your baby bump has now ended up from your pelvic regions to the low of your diaphragm. With lesser and lesser space, the baby now pushes the contents inside you around and this gives the lungs lesser space to expand properly. This is why you might feel shortage of breath at times.

Back Aches:

This is something that you will have to face. The lower back pains are the main things and these can surely make your day worse. You are slowly approaching the 40th week and are about to give birth pretty soon. The baby’s head has already moved down and the weight of the baby has also increased. This is led to an increased pressure on the lower portion of the stomach and this also leads to contractions. Such a sudden change in the measurement and the movement of the baby generally triggers the back aches. If you are facing this symptom, then there are always medicines to reduces these aches. If that is not working, the doctor’s clinic is always available and they are ready to help you with each and every symptom during the 37th week of pregnancy.

Expansion and Sensitivity:

There will be an expansion of the waistline during this time of the week. Your breast will also grow large and this is one of the main symptoms during this time. If you lose track of week (which generally never happens), you will be able to seem this symptom and identify this stage of trimester. The breasts will be filled with the stuff that the baby will be feeding for the first few months. The breasts will be giving out a liquid-like substance called colostrum. If you find the wet breast marks embarrassing, then nurse pads are always there to watch your back. One more thing regarding the breasts at this time is that they will grow extremely sensitive and there might be a painful sensation, if they are touched. This is pretty normal and happens to almost anyone and everyone. The worst thing about this is, there is nothing much you can do about this. You will just have to deal with it.

37th Week of Pregnancy week Activity:

The activities are not limited. Since you are almost at the last stage of trimester, you will have to get proper rest and take some time off your daily schedule and try something new to keep your mind relaxed and stay off depression. Stress and depression can easily ruin your mood during this time, thus you will have to get morning walks with low heart rate intensity. If you want to stay totally fit and have a healthy mental state, then read your diet chart describing the foods that you should consume and make something new and exciting out of it. For example, if you are tired of eating fruit juices, wash the fruits and cut them according to your will to make an good-looking healthy fruit salad. Daily sex will be fine during this time, which will be discussed later in this article.

37th Week Diet and Exercises:

Protein is one of the main essential elements required by the body of the pregnant woman. All kind of diet experts, prefer to recommend their client with foods such as:

  • Eggs: this is one of the prime protein sources. If you are eager to get good portions of protein in your body, then eating the egg whites surely helps. It is one of the best foods that keep you healthy and provides the right amount of protein that your body required during the 37th week of pregnancy. You should consume proper amount of eggs during this week.
  • Lean meat: here, we have another good food, that provides the body with proper sources of vitamins along with rich proportions of protein. Along with lean meat there are some other foods such as fish (not fat), poultry, etc.
    When it comes to vegetable, they are also proper sources of natural elements that make the body healthy from the core. Foods such as
  • Beans: beans are a good source of protein during pregnancy. These are those natural foods, without which one cannot simply be healthy.
  • Tofu: this is anther awesome and tasty way to stay healthy during pregnancy. Protein allows the body to fight against many bacterial infections during pregnancy.
  • Peanut Butter: peanut comes with the goodness of nature and is probably one of the finest sources of protein. They provide the body with natural strength that is long-lasting and is required by the body.
  • Milk and dairy products are avoided by women during this time in fear of stomach upsets. Too much healthy and heavy milk can make the stomach feel heavy and those who have dairy product infection, will be suffering from nausea and other physical problems. But milk is also a good source of protein

Exercise: exercise is one of those things that will allow the pregnant woman to stay fit and healthy. Women should try some basic exercises, that will help with the movement and positioning of the baby. Here are some examples.

  • Squats will pillow: there are some of the finest things that will help the cervix and will strengthen the legs, which are required during the time of birth. For a good delivery, squats should be practiced before hand. They are some of best things for the pregnant woman out there.
  • Leaning on a medicine ball: since you have hit trimester, you should do the simple and easy stuffs. The baby will be positioned better, if the leaning routine is followed. This will also help with some lower back issues and will reduce the abdominal aches as well.
  • Walking: some of the most simple exercise do real good work. Walking is one of them. Taking some morning strolls will help with recovering from the swelling and will also reduce the bowel movement issues and also deal with heartburn.

Sex during 37th Week off Pregnancy:

At this time you are risk of the preterm labor. Still, it can be said that sex is totally safe and it is a part of pregnancy, rather an essential part. People often seem to worry about the fact, that sex might be harmful during this crucial time of pregnancy. No! It won’t. You can pleasure your partner by some sweet love making. Often couples are concerned about how it will feel at this point of time. The woman can sustain this and it won’t be a problem. Safe sex is always good.

On the other hand, there are some doctors who for the sake of safety precautions, recommend their patients and clients to avoid sexual intercourse during pregnancy. The labor contractions are the same as orgasm contractions and this might not be good for the pregnant mother. If you want to stay on the safe side, then avoid sex during this trimester of pregnancy.

Tips to Overcome Stress During 37 Weeks Pregnancy:

Stress is something that happens to everyone during pregnancy and there are some really easy ways to survive that. Here are some expert tips for going through and defeating stress during pregnancy.

  • Resting and Focusing on the Baby: resting properly will act as a time killer and it will allow you to focus on the baby. The birth period determines everything and you will need to prepare for that by thinking about the baby’s introduction and growth in this world.
  • Eating well: believe it or not, eating well does helping in reducing the stress during pregnancy. If you eat proper food (including fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, etc) there will be less chances of depression and this has been proven.
  • Preparing for birth: preparing for birth doesn’t always mean taking preps physically. A mental preparation and will power is always required before birth and women can handle things better than any man can ever dream of.
  • Therapies: sometimes therapies have widespread effect on the mental health and that does assist in reducing all kinds of stress and depression symptoms. If you are suffering from excessive stress, then one of the best ways to reduce that is to contact a good therapist, that will assist you with your situation.
  • Yoga: Yoga is a great way to escape the excessive stress that pregnant women often face. Being pregnant can have certain drawback from the mental side and yoga helps in removing all of them.

Medical Treatment and Regular Checkup:

Regular checkup facilities should be availed as those are the things that will update you on the movement of the baby inside you. Medications have a massive role, when you are 37weeks pregnant. You will be suffering from some generally caused medical conditions for which medicines are available.

  • For Pain: if you are experiencing pain, then taking Tylenol will be beneficial for you as it is one of the best painkillers recommended by doctors to pregnant woman. Naproxen is also a pretty good painkiller during this trimester.
  • For Constipation: if you are suffering from constipation and other bowel movement problems then Milk of Magnesia, Colcae, etc is one of the best things out there.

37 Weeks Pregnant Week Tips and Precautions:

You should gather all the important stuffs by now. As it is almost time and you should pack your bag to the hospital. for staying healthy during this time, try avoiding fatty foods. These kind of foods can get you sick from the core and can prove to be harmful during the time of delivery.

You are at the 37th week and it means that you are pretty close to delivery. You will be giving birth quite soon and obviously, you are excited. Don’t let this this excitement die as this means that you are ready and cannot wait to see your little part of yourself for the first time.

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