What is important to know during week 37 of my pregnancy?

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At 37 weeks, your baby is considered full-term. Your body is preparing for labor and your baby is getting ready to arrive. Therefore, it is important to know the telltale signs of labor and the difference between the normal Braxton Hicks contractions you've been feeling and the contractions that are labor. Call your doctor if you have painful contractions that last 1 minute and are 5 minutes apart. You may be in labor if you have these contractions along with any vaginal bleeding, intense pelvic pressure, or a change in vaginal discharge. If the discharge becomes heavy or is tinged with water, mucus, or blood, call your doctor.

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