Week Thirty Seven: Pregnancy is considered ‘at term’
|You are 37 weeks pregnant.
Gaining one ounce per day, your baby is growing rapidly. An elbow, foot or head may protrude from your stomach when baby stretches and squirms about. Soon, as the wall of your uterus and your abdomen stretch thinner and let in more light, your baby will begin to develop daily activity cycles.
Even though you are three weeks from your due date, you are now considered ‘at term’. In most cases, nothing will be done to stop your labor once it starts, even if it is before your 40th week.
The World Health Organization defines normal term for delivery as between 37 weeks and 42 weeks.
Fewer than 5% of births occur on the due date; 50% of births are within a week of the due date, and almost 90% within 2 weeks.
I had my 37 week appointment on Tuesday and in the doctor’s words…there was only a dimple of progress. He said he expected to see more at this point but we’ll just see what’s going on next week. If there’s progress next week, he would schedule an induction for around my due date, to give me time to go on my own. If no progress, we would discuss our options at that point. If there isn’t any progress, an induction would lead to an increased need for a c-section. Needless to say, I left that appointment frustrated. I’m hoping for some action in the next week or so.
And for the very brave……a frontal view….
We’re really reaching water buffalo status here, people….