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Your Baby's Development This Week

Congratulations! Your baby is officially full term this week! That means while every day baby stays in the womb is good, if your baby were to be born this week, everything should go smoothly. The baby is likely over 19" and around 6 1/2 pounds, but now is the time for considerable variation depending on your family genes, the individual pregnancy, and gender. Yep, baby boys tend to be heavier. While baby doesn't have the room for the gymnastics of just weeks ago, the baby is staying quite busy practicing for being a newborn, "breathing" by inhaling/exhaling amniotic fluid, sucking on thumb or fingers, blinking and playing an intrauterine version of flashlight tag. The uterine wall is thinning these last weeks, making light more able to penetrate to baby. Baby will turn towards the light now.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 36

Amniotic fluid is on the decrease, and Braxton Hicks contractions are on the increase. While baby is practicing for life outside the uterus, your body is focused on preparing for labor. One sign that you're nearing the end is when you lose the mucus plug, or have your bloody show. The mucus plug is just what it sounds like and has been present at the opening of your cervix throughout your pregnancy to prevent bacteria from entering. When the cervix begins to thin and dilate, you will eventually lose that mucus plug. It can be clear and stringy, or pink or blood-tinged and sticky. Some women may not even notice losing it, as the vaginal discharge has become so heavy towards the end of the pregnancy. While it is a sign labor is on the way, don't take that bag out to the car just yet. Labor might be mere hours away, or days or even (sorry!) weeks off. However, if the discharge is suddenly bright red and adds up to more than a couple tablespoons, call your physician immediately. That could signal a placenta problem and requires quick care.

Visit With the Obstetrician

You're probably seeing a great deal of your health care provider at this point, probably every week. The big focus now will be on looking for signs of labor. The doctor will be checking the baby's position in relation to your pelvis, termed "engagement." The doctor might tell you what station the baby's head is at. (If indeed the baby has cooperated and is now heads down. Approximately 25% of babies opt for breech presentation.) Don't be thrown off by unfamiliar terms, just ask for a clear explanation. Next, the doctor will see if your cervix seems to be ripening. The closer labor is the softer the cervix will be. Is it thinning out, and moving towards the front of your vagina? Has it started to open or dilate yet? For birth you will dilate to 10 centimeters. However, the mystery will remain no matter what station baby is at, or how dilated and effaced your cervix is. Some women progress slow and steady, like a slow cooker, while others will go from dilated to 1 to labor in an afternoon, like a microwave.

Preparing for Baby

Since baby can be born anytime now, this would be an excellent time to go through those bags you have packed and make sure everything is accounted for. Then you could take a trial run to the hospital to make sure you've got it down. The quickest route may not always be the best route depending on how intense and far along your labor is when you start the journey. If you can spare a few minutes, you might relish the smoother main roads as opposed to the rough back ones for instance. Nothing like potholes during the peak of a contraction! It's always a good idea to have an alternative route as a back up.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Sometimes Mother Nature gives you a bump in energy the last couple weeks of pregnancy, and you might be lulled into thinking life will be simpler with baby than reality will reveal. For that reason, do everything ahead of time that you can. Have that nursery stocked and ready to go. Get those baby clothes washed up, folded and put away. Have everything you need put together, set up and ready to go. Make some meals ahead of time and freeze them. Buy some simple convenience meals, and have take out numbers and pizza coupons handy. Don't waste any of your stored up meals when you have help with you. Wait til Grandma goes home to break out the frozen chili. You'll be glad you did!

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Tijuan Nov 29, 2016 09:29:37 PM ET

I am 37 weeks and I am feeling good. Only problem is a hurting feeling between the legs. Is anyone having this problem.

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Amanda Mar 25, 2015 08:30:36 PM ET

I'm 37 weeks today! Excited to meet my baby boy (and have my body back to myself)! Sleeping is rough, I wake up at least twice a night to use the bathroom. I bought the "Snoogle" body pillow, I have to say it HAS helped as far as comfort goes. I'm getting tons of kicks in my ribs. That's probably my #1 complaint. Other than that I haven't been sick or anything. Just a little sore. Some sharp pains in the middle of the night but nothing that lasts. If he's healthy and happy in there, he can take as long as he needs, but I'm ready for him whenever he decides to show up!

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nikka march 18 Mar 18, 2015 01:55:03 PM ET

I am 37 weeks, and have pains all over. On top of that I am still working. This is my first child. I cant wait to meet my baby boy. I wish he can come early, so I can stop working because I have a lot of pain in my lower back. When I get off work, I barely can stand.

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Abigael Mar 16, 2015 02:26:51 PM ET

I'm 37 weeks plus. Last week, I felt so heavy most of the time with pains. My baby does give me some hard kicks most times. I can't wait to meet my first baby boy!

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eva Mar 14, 2015 04:43:03 PM ET

Hi. I am 37 weeks. I have being sick all day. I've been very tried and having pains, but they not regular. Please help me.

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khanyisa Mar 5, 2015 08:39:32 AM ET

Hello ladies. I am 37 weeks today, and feeling awesome. I'm not in much pain whatsoever. This is baby number 2, and I must say he is so kind to me. I'm so excited to meet my son.

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sibongile Jan 27, 2015 04:15:21 PM ET

I'm 35 weeks and I'm waiting to meet my baby girl. I don't know the date when I go to give birth.

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heather Jan 20, 2015 04:03:31 PM ET

I'm 37 weeks, and I am pregnant with my fourth, and this has been the worst. I am dilated to 3cm and 50% thinned. They are going to induce me next week, and I am so very thankful.

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Guest Jan 13, 2015 07:23:02 PM ET

I'm 37 weeks today, and I'm in pain. It feels like the baby is coming out right now. They say to walk, but that hurts even more. I'm ready to have my baby now. :(

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Mary Jan 10, 2015 07:49:16 AM ET

I am 36 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I can't wait to meet my baby boy. I'm having pains all over, and wish he comes early. I am really very anxious.

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