What To Expect At Week 37

What To Expect At Week 37

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The due date is very close now, but doctors don’t consider your child a ‘full-term’ until 39 weeks. The next couple of weeks in the womb allows your baby’s brain and lungs to fully mature. They now weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measure a bit over 19 cm, head to heel. Many babies have a full of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches in length. It may be more difficult than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. Studies show that the quality of sleep in the third trimester is worse than at any time in the past. Braxton Hicks contractions may come more often now, and it can take a long time, and may be more uncomfortable. You may also notice an increase in vaginal discharge. If you see some ‘bloody show’ (mucus tinged with a tiny amount of blood in the toilet or in your underwear), the labour is probably a few days away or less. If you have heavier spotting or bleeding, call your caregiver immediately.