Week 37. If you are carrying twins week 37 would be considered as a full term! If you deliver in this week, worry not! Your baby will be born normally (99% chance of survival)
So, what should you do this week?
- The ‘nesting’ phase may continue into this week also. You prepare your home for the arrival of the little one. A lot of thoughts are going on in your mind. Speaking to your spouse helps. Also, times like this, having your family (mother, aunt or sister) helps. Advice from previous mothers’ is priceless now. So, if anyone offering help, graciously accept when needed.
- Engagement/ lightening eases the shortness of breath and heartburn. You may still feel the need to pee more.
- In this week, a pelvic exam is done to assess the baby’s position. During this check-up, the signs of labor like opening (dilation) or thinning (effacing) of the cervix is being assessed for. Like most women, you may start dilating weeks before your actual labor.
- GBS screening, if it was not done so far, is done this week. Positive GBS mothers receive antibiotic treatment.
- Continue monitoring the changes in your body. Keep numbers of the people who can help you if in case your water breaks anytime.
- Eat right and rest. Keep drinking the right amount of water at regular intervals.
A variety of emotions and changes are going on within you. If so far you have made it by following your doctor’s advice, pretty soon your patience will be rewarded! You will finally put a face to the little one who was living inside you all these days!
Common symptoms this week:
- Frequent urination
- Sleep issues
- Braxton-Hicks contractions