37 Weeks Pregnant
Fetal development in week 37
If you haven't yet delivered, you've reached the calm before the storm. You're probably monitoring your body for those first Early Labor symptoms and wondering what you've forgotten.
Your smooshed-up baby is weighing in at around 6.3 lbs and 19 inches (with boys somewhat heavier and longer than girls).
As far as their internal organs go, your adorable poop and blood factory has reached "term" - a medical term that means your sweet little bun is birth-ready and labor is welcome and normal at this point.
Despite being physically ready to land on planet Earth, your baby's immune system is quite weak and will continue to be that way for their first years of life.
Thankfully, your breast milk (aka "boob medicine") protects your child via protective antibodies that are present in your breast milk.
And how's mom doing?
If you haven't yet evicted your wee lad or lassie from their first home, you're sitting here: big, ready and wondering when you're going to be in "real labor" - aka Active Labor.
Well, relax, because your womb-loving baby knows what they're doing. They're not quite done bakin', mama!
Still, if you want to get things moving down there, stay upright and active (aka go for a brisk walk, with stairs - if possible) as your baby's skull will be pressing on your cervix, thus, being upright and active encourages cervical thinning (a process called "effacement") - which accompanies Active Labor as your cervix begins to dilate open.
If you're not in labor already, now's a good time to prep everything: double check you've all your newborn gear, go over your birth plan and clear your schedule conflicts and thin out the socially-demanding dates, it's time to get ready for the finish line!