37 Weeks Pregnant

37 Weeks Pregnant With Twins or Multiple Babies

If you are having twins, they are considered full term at 37 weeks. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 82 percent of twins weigh less than 6 pounds, 10 ounces at birth.
 

37 Weeks Pregnant: Helpful Tips for Mom

If you have not already done so, you should pack your bags for the hospital in case you go into labor early. One bag should have everything that you will need after labor, such as:
 
  • Your camera!
  • Warm socks.
  • A robe and slippers.
  • A going-home outfit -- keep in mind, you will not be back to your pre-pregnancy shape at this point -- bring something loose and comfy that you wore during pregnancy.
  • Two old nightgowns that button up the front (for breastfeeding).
  • A pair of flat shoes.
  • A nursing bra and nipple cream (if you are planning to breastfeed).
  • Maternity underwear (your stomach will still be swollen, and you'll be bleeding heavily after delivery).
  • Sanitary napkins, for after the delivery -- you should expect to bleed for at least a couple weeks.
  • Toiletries.
  • A list of people (or your address book) whom you or your spouse will call after delivery, and maybe a calling card, to call out-of-town family members from the hospital (many hospitals do not allow cell phones). Most grocery stores or wholesale warehouses carry these calling cards.
     
Another bag should have everything that your newborn will need after he or she is born, such as:
 
  • A going-home outfit for baby!
  • A few newborn-size diapers.
  • Undershirts that are not onesies -- your baby will not be able to wear onesies until their belly button scab falls off.
  • Any blankets you want to have there for baby.
     

37 Weeks Pregnant: Helpful Tips for Spouses

Unexpected things happen during labor and delivery. It is important to plan ahead. Your plan should include the following:
 
  • A list of telephone numbers for the hospital and doctor
  • Pediatrician's name and phone number
  • Routes to the hospital
  • Entrances to the hospital
  • Parking lots at the hospital
  • A list of phone numbers of the people you want to call
  • A roll of change for the telephone or a battery charger for your cell phone
  • Mom's hospital bag and whatever you will need at the hospital
  • Infant car seat in the car, ready to go -- many fire stations provide certified car seat checks (to make sure you have it installed properly) -- the hospital will make sure you have one, before releasing baby to go home.

 

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