Thirty-seventh week of pregnancy



Future child.

Height – 48 cm, weight – 2800 grams.

If you wear twins, the delivery usually takes place at 37-38 weeks. There is some chance to give birth early, if you have it not the first child. However, there is no clear dependence, many of the first child gave birth earlier, and the second later.


In any case, remember that you can give birth at any time! The baby more and more descends to the lower region of the pelvis, with each day closer and closer to the exit. Because of this, there are pains in the perineum, the spine, and the legs become practically familiar.

He is almost completely without wrinkles – the skin is smooth and pink. The child continues to get fat at 14 grams per day. In the brain, myelin, which conducts nerve impulses, is formed at a tremendous speed. By the way, for some departments of the brain this process will continue after birth.

Future Mom.

The average weight gain this week is about 13.5 kg. The height of the bottom of the uterus is 37 cm. This week you are passing the usual urinalysis, as well as a blood test for HIV and hepatitis. At the age of 37 weeks, every third woman gives birth. Have you collected the bag in the hospital? If not, read the list of necessary things in the article for 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Most likely, this week your stomach will drop. Place the palm of your hand in the hollow between the chest and abdomen. If it is placed there freely – the stomach has dropped and there are only a few days left before your birth.

When the stomach is lowered, it becomes much easier to breathe. The uterus will press less on the internal organs, except for the bladder (your toilet trips will be involved) and the rectum (problems with defecation).

We hope that by this week you already talked with your doctor about how your childbirth will go, and found out whether there are any indications for cesarean.

Many mothers even dream of a cesarean from fear of ancestral pain. Of course, it’s much easier: make anesthesia, get the baby, everything is fast and not painful.

But it only seems that the cesarean section is the best way out. In fact, it is a very serious operation, which is incomparably more dangerous than natural births.

This operation is not prescribed at the request of a woman, there are certain strict indications to her, namely:
– fetal hypoxia;
– any defects in the development of the fetus that cause a risk of injury during childbirth;
– pelvic or other abnormal presentation of the fetus (see 35 weeks of gestation);
– presentation or detachment of the placenta;
is an abnormally narrow pelvis, i.e. not just narrow, but abnormally narrow, so that the baby’s head can not pass through the birth canal;
– prolapse or squeezing of the umbilical cord;
– the second caesarean (but some women after the first cesarean can give birth to the second child naturally, under the supervision of the doctor, of course);
– hypertension, diabetes mellitus or kidney disease in the mother;
– a state of preeclampsia or eclampsia in the mother (see article for 31 weeks of pregnancy);
– infection of the mother with herpes at the onset of labor. Cesarean is done to avoid infection of the child during his passage through the birth canal;
– delay of delivery more than 2 weeks from the planned date;
is a multiple pregnancy.

At the same time, most women can not provide an accurate estimate of whether a cesarean will be needed or not before the onset of labor.

The operation itself is that the child and the latter are removed from the uterus through the incision. General anesthesia is usually not done, enough epidural anesthesia. The doctor opens the uterine cavity and the bladder, takes out the baby, and then removes the placenta and the membranes. Then the seams are applied. The whole operation takes approximately 40-60 minutes.

Disadvantages of Caesarean section are that there may be complications as in any operation (shock, hemorrhage, infection, trauma to neighboring organs). Of course, such horror happens rarely.

Among the shortcomings that all notice, this is a much longer recovery of the mother after childbirth.If a woman who gave birth naturally, within a couple of hours after birth is able to lead a perfectly normal life, then the mother with Caesarean is tight.

She is usually very painful to move (heal seams), she is pricked by painkillers, given antibiotics. It is difficult for her to take her child in her arms (it is too heavy and painful). Complete recovery of the body after cesarean section takes 4-6 weeks!

The general conclusion of all mothers is: no matter how much you are afraid of natural childbirth, they are the best option, if there are no contraindications. And you need not be afraid, but rejoice that the operation you will not do.

On the other hand, if you have a planned cesarean section, then you should not be afraid either. Now they make it very carefully. If before a woman could not do more than two caesarean, therefore, could not give birth to more than two children, today many give birth to the third and fourth child, some even in a natural way.

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