37 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect

By now, the baby is considered full term, although he or she has not yet stopped growing. In fact the baby continues to gain fat at the rate of half an ounce each and every day. A point to ponder is that in general, boys will always weigh more than girls at birth. This is due to among many factors, the stature, build and composition of the baby boy should be more superior to that of the baby girl.

At 37 weeks pregnant, the baby’s development is so advanced that he or she has coordination that is strong enough to grasp with his or her own fingers. This is also the time when, if shown a light that is bright enough, the baby may very well turn towards the source of that light, but in the womb of the mother.

The mother to be will when 37 weeks pregnant lose the plug, that is made of mucous and which had been used to seal off infection from the uterus. This mucous plug which is thick and yellowish in colour may be at times tinged with blood, which is why it is also referred to as the bloody show. Different women lose the mucous plug at different times; there are those who generally lose it a few weeks, days, or even hours before labor as some have been wont to do. This plug’s discharge from the body happens when the cervix dilates in preparation for labor and delivery. Around this time, it is advisable for the mother to consult with her doctor about any discharge that she may be experiencing.

Many women will have by now started wondering if at all they would need an episiotomy or not. They need to take heart because studies that have been done in the recent past indicate that even though having such an episiotomy is common enough, the medical procedure that many new mothers go through at delivery is in itself not necessary. To be more precise, episiotomy refers to a process whereby the doctor makes an incision from the bottom of the mother’s vagina to the top of their rectum, all in the name of avoiding or escaping a tear during delivery. It is a fact that many women experience tearing, as the baby is being born, and the head is making its passage through the birth canal.

Although many who are for episiotomy have been known to make claims to the effect that it helps significantly in the reduction and prevention of tearing and lacerations that are quite unnecessary, there are others who endure a multitude of problems which include complications, increased lacerations, and even unnecessary pain. There have also been reported cases of yet others that require reconstructive surgery after the episiotomy. It is also a fact that almost all episiotomies result in longer recovery periods, after a woman has been delivered of her baby. Among the risks that accompany episiotomy include substantial blood loss at delivery, infection, weaker muscles of the pelvic floor, and even loss of sexual sensation after delivery.