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37 weeks pregnant

Term pregnancy

Yours is now what is called a term pregnancy. This means that once the mother begins labor, there will be nothing done to try to stop it (unlike in the previous weeks). If your baby isn’t out yet, don’t worry. Studies show that only 5% of women actually give birth on their expected due date.

What’s Going on with the Baby

Immune system is still developing

Your baby now weighs about 3 kilograms and is about 50 centimeters long! Generally, a baby boy will be taller and heavier than a baby girl. The baby’s grasp is now firm – just watch how he or she will grasp your finger upon birth. As mentioned, all the organs are now functional and ready for life in the outside world, although the immune system is still developing. This shouldn’t be such a problem since your child will get a big boost of antibodies from the mother’s breast milk once nursing begins. Enjoy your baby’s final kicks and squirms since you won’t be feeling those again for a while.

What’s Going on with Mommy

Vaginal discharge

You may notice that you have a lot more vaginal discharge, and there is more cervical mucus in it. That’s because your body is continually preparing for labor. Learn how to differentiate pre-labor contractions and the real thing, so that you can avoid false alarms.

Benefits of breastfeeding

By now, you should already have decided whether to breastfeed or not. There are many benefits of breastfeeding, which you should learn about. One of the benefits is that you are giving your child the antibodies he or she needs to become healthy. Another is that this is a wonderful bonding opportunity for both of you.

Now for Daddy

Remember that you’re part of the pregnancy too, so always talk to your partner about how she’s feeling. Don’t forget to talk to your baby too!

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