In the thirty-seventh week of pregnancy the first contractions continue, while the belly begins to fall and the body prepares for childbirth
In the 37th week of pregnancy, the mother is almost at the end of the long journey called gestation and will soon meet her child. The belly is very large and there is no more space for the child, who has grown so much that he has no way of moving as he would like. As the birth gets closer and closer, the mother begins to feel tired and anxious about giving birth. This is why it is important to stay calm and relax as much as possible.
The symptoms of the 37th week of pregnancy
In the thirty-seventh week of pregnancy the mother undergoes great hormonal changes, which cause great fatigue. The uterus in this period goes down more and more, exerting a strong pressure on the other organs. This is the famous sensation of the "falling tummy", which can be very annoying, especially a few days before giving birth. The first contractions, which arrive in the ninth month of pregnancy, often also cause a feeling of tension and hardness in the belly. It is a common symptom that does not indicate anything wrong, but if the contractions become too frequent and painful it is better to contact your gynecologist because the birth could be imminent. However it is important to remember that one of the unequivocal signs that labor is about to begin is the loss of the mucus plug. Among the tests to be done in this thirty-seventh week of pregnancy there is undoubtedly that of urine. It is important that the mother already has the suitcase for the hospital at hand and a folder with useful documents: health card, blood group card, exams and identity document.
Like the child in the 37th week of pregnancy
In the thirty-seventh week of pregnancy the baby weighs around 2,600 grams and is 47 centimeters long. The measures are such that it does not have much space to move and feels decidedly tight in the belly. At this stage the baby begins to try breathing. There is no air in his lungs, but he tries to breathe by swallowing amniotic fluid and ends up sobbing, a noise that is clearly understood by his mother. The skull is not completely solidified, to allow it to pass through the uterine canal at the time of delivery.
Usually assumes the perfect position for birth: with the head down, the arms crossed and the legs bent, while the lint has now dissolved in the amniotic fluid.
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