Week 37 of Pregnancy - FamilyEducation

Week 37 of Pregnancy

Third Trimester

Your 37th Week

Your belly may look as though it's started to slide downhill.
37 week fetus in uterus
1. Some of the pressure under your rib cage may be easing off as the baby continues to descend into the pelvis.
2. The baby is still gaining weight as more fat covers his limbs and abdomen. As a newborn, he will look much the same as he does now.
3. At 37 weeks the average crown to heel length is 18.2 in (46.2 cm) and the average weight is 5.2 lb (2.4 kg).
4. Your baby turns toward a familiar sound and practices looking for its source: your voice is the most familiar sound to him.
5. Short, very fine hairs, called vellus hairs, are growing in place of lanugo hair on most parts of the baby's body.
Some of the pressure under your rib cage may be easing offThe baby is still gaining weight as more fat covers his limbs and abdomen.At 37 weeks the average crown to heel length is 18.2 inYour baby turns towards a familiar soundShort, very fine hairs, called vellus hairs
You're now about as big as you're going to get. Soon-maybe this week-the baby will drop down lower into your pelvis, ready for birth. Your belly may shift downward, too, giving you a different shape. This doesn't necessarily mean that labor is imminent, so don't worry about the baby "falling out." You're likely to still have some time to enjoy maternity leave and get organized.

You are 36 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant

Your baby todayWhen scanned, this baby was lying with his back to his mother's. This "back to back" position is common at this stage but becomes less so as the pregnancy continues. Your doctor will be able to feel for the position of your baby's back from this point on. read more

You are 36 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayAlthough almost invisible in the image, a very thin layer of vernix covers your baby. At first this helped to reduce the amount of water leaving your baby's skin, but now it helps to prevent direct contact with the skin and amniotic fluid. read more

You are 36 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayA short portion of the umbilical cord is lying close to the mouth, which makes this baby appear to have a rather grumpy looking expression. The placenta is seen to the right of the image partially obscuring the view of the face. read more

You are 36 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayYour baby is now more suitably equipped for the time after the birth: his ears are fully formed on the outside and inside and he is used to hearing the sound of your blood circulating and your heart beating, and he recognizes your voice. read more

You are 36 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant

Your baby today3D views at this stage of the pregnancy will be extremely clear. Every part of the face is fully developed and your baby will be very expressive. Your baby is only a few days away now from being full term. read more

You are 36 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayYour baby will be able to recall and recognize the frequency and pattern of the most familiar sounds he hears within the uterus-your voice. Also, you might have noticed that loud noises may startle your baby during these final weeks. read more

You are 37 Weeks Exactly Pregnant

Your baby todayThis baby is lying in the breech position, with the umbilical cord seen as is travels toward the placenta in the top left-hand side of the image. Approximately 3 in every 100 babies will be in a breech position after 37 weeks. read more