25 September 2012

37weeks Pregnancy Info

Length: 19.13 inches
Weight: 6.30 pounds

Maternal Changes
Week 37 and you feel like Heaven, right? Well listen there, you are now full term! FULL TERM! FULL TERM! People around you might remark that your baby belly has dropped, which is a good thing at this point. The placenta, now at full capacity weighs about 1.5 pounds all by itself. Your joints and ligaments will begin loosening drastically as relaxin and progesterone are released. You may start feeling very sharp shooting pains in the abdomen, back, legs and pelvis, which is normal. Swimming can be a great exercise or activity to partake in. You will love the fact that you can float despite the watermelon-sized baby in your belly, plus it's easy on the joints and relaxing. Even if delivery is days or weeks away, your cervix may start dilating and thinning.

Fetal Changes
Your baby is ready and positioned for birth. If your baby is still breech, your caregiver may attempt to turn the baby from the outside (not a pleasant experience but worth it). Your baby will now turn toward light or noises and looks and functions exactly as they will the day you deliver. Your baby will put on weight consistently when they are in uterine. Most people attribute a healthy baby to a big baby – however that is not necessarily the case. Your baby will likely weigh somewhere between what you and the dad weighed at the time of delivery.

Tip of the Week
Labor and delivery are two huge unknowns. Many women are terrified that they will have to have a C-section as a result of something going wrong. But there is something you should know. A C-Section is not the end of the world. In fact, today many women actually request them. The heal time for you is a little longer – but in just a few days you will be up and around. Most of the time, a C-Section is performed if there is any danger to you or your baby during delivery. If the time comes when you hear the word C-Section, try not to be overly stressed and instead trust in the judgment of your doctor. Remember the goal is a healthy and happy YOU and BABY!

Twin/multiples info
According to the Reproductive Statistics Branch of the CDC 90% of all twins are born via C-section. Often, this is because of the positioning of the first twin. If the first twin (baby A) is not head down, most doctors routinely, deliver via C-Section for safety reasons. However, if you are adamant about a vaginal delivery, you should be clear with your doctor or mid-wife and understand the inherent risks associated with your decision. You should also check with your doctor or midwife to see how much experience they have delivering multiples vaginally, and under which conditions they would not be willing to deliver vaginally. In the end, you want what is best for your babies.

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