Weekly Pregnancy: Week 37

**The baby can weigh up to 6 pounds and measure 19 inches long.**

**Your baby is now considered full-term and is ready to be born.** The baby’s lungs are mature and can function on their own. The baby’s skin is no longer wrinkled and is covered with a fine layer of hair called lanugo. The baby’s fingernails and toenails are fully grown.

**You may be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, which are practice contractions that help prepare your body for labor.** These contractions are usually painless and irregular. You may also be experiencing increased vaginal discharge. This is normal and is caused by the increased blood flow to the cervix.

**You should be seeing your doctor or midwife every week for prenatal checkups.** At these checkups, your doctor or midwife will check your blood pressure, weight, and urine. They will also listen to the baby’s heartbeat and measure the baby’s growth.

**Here are some tips for week 37 of pregnancy:**

* Get plenty of rest.
* Eat a healthy diet.
* Exercise regularly.
* Avoid smoking and alcohol.
* Take prenatal vitamins.
* Go to your prenatal checkups.

**If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your doctor or midwife.**.

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