Prenatal Development – Week 37 – What’s Happening This Week?

Sunday July 15, 2018

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By the end of this week, your baby will weigh about 6.5 pounds and is about 14 inches in length from the top of its head to its buttocks. This is the time for you to enjoy your pregnancy and try to relax. You may become irritated at people because it seems as if they are constantly asking when you are going to have the baby or telling you that you look like you are about to pop. It is difficult for you to remember they are well-meaning; try not to knock them out.

During this week, your baby will continue to develop fat, and its skin will continue to lose its wrinkles. Your baby continues to imitate your breathing movements. Your cervix may begin to dilate this week as your body prepares for labor. You may also lose your mucus plug at any time between this week and week 40. Make sure you contact your doctor about any discharge you may experience.

You may find you begin to leak colostrum as you finish out your third trimester. If you do not, don’t worry–there is no reason to worry that your milk won’t come in when the baby needs it.

At the end of week 37, you are almost at your full term. They are now performing breathing techniques in anticipation of their trip to the real world. Your baby will consume the lanugo (the fine hair that was covering their bodies) and the vernix caseosa (the substance which coated their skin, protecting it from the amniotic fluid), which will go to their bowels and later become their first bowel movement. When they come out, meconium (the name for the first few days of mammal fecal matter) will also come out.

Your baby has the ability to keep their temperature stable once they are outside your womb. Your little baby’s fingers can grasp firmly. You, as the expecting mother will feel anxious for the incoming arrival of your baby which is completely normal.

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