This Week in Pregnancy: Week 37

**Your Baby’s Development**

At 37 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of a small cantaloupe. They weigh about 6 pounds and are about 19 inches long. Their head is about 3 inches in diameter, and their chest is about 4 inches in circumference. Their hair is growing longer and thicker, and their nails are fully formed. They are also starting to open their eyes and focus on objects.

**Your Body**

Your belly is very large at this point, and you may have trouble getting comfortable. You may also have back pain, leg cramps, and swelling in your feet and ankles. It is important to stay active and get plenty of rest. You should also eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids.

**Preparing for Labor**

It is important to start preparing for labor at this point. You should pack your hospital bag, choose a pediatrician, and develop a birth plan. You should also talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about labor and delivery.

**Common Concerns**

Some common concerns at this stage of pregnancy include:

* **Preterm labor:** This is when labor begins before 37 weeks of pregnancy. If you experience any symptoms of preterm labor, such as contractions, vaginal bleeding, or leaking fluid, you should call your doctor immediately.

* **Gestational diabetes:** This is a type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy. If you have gestational diabetes, you will need to monitor your blood sugar levels and take medication to control them.

* **Eclampsia:** This is a serious condition that can develop during pregnancy or after delivery. Eclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure, seizures, and coma. If you have any symptoms of eclampsia, such as severe headaches, vision changes, or swelling in your face and hands, you should call your doctor immediately.

**Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy**

Here are some tips for a healthy pregnancy:

* **Eat a healthy diet:** Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit your intake of processed foods, sugary drinks, and unhealthy fats.

* **Get regular exercise:** Exercise is important for both you and your baby. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.

* **Get plenty of rest:** Most pregnant women need about 8-10 hours of sleep per night. Make sure to get enough rest so that you can stay healthy and energized.

* **Take prenatal vitamins:** Prenatal vitamins are important for both you and your baby. Take your prenatal vitamins every day as directed by your doctor.

* **Avoid alcohol and smoking:** Alcohol and smoking can harm your baby. Avoid these substances during pregnancy.

* **See your doctor regularly:** It is important to see your doctor regularly for prenatal checkups. Your doctor will monitor your health and your baby’s development, and will answer any questions you have.


The 37th week of pregnancy is a time of both excitement and preparation. By following these tips, you can help ensure a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery..

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