If you are 37 weeks pregnant, you may officially give birth at home. Week 37 is therefore a real milestone, because the vast majority of women prefer to give birth at home. Although the average pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, during childbirth between week 37 and week 42 is considered "normal". Week 37 so may just be the week in which you like! Note: Most women give birth after the due date.
Childbirth is not always recognized as such by a pregnant woman. Childbirth may namely begin in different ways. Sometimes breaking your water, sometimes not. Sometimes you lose all of amniotic fluid in time, sometimes not. Sometimes a birth starts with a succession of hard bellies, sometimes not. Sometimes there is severe contractions in childbirth in advance, sometimes not. Childbirth can thus begin relatively abruptly.
The first contractions start with slight cramps or stitches. As these longer keep themselves regularly occur and / or become severe, the birth gets closer. If you are unsure whether you have contractions or not, you probably have no contractions. These contractions are very recognizable and can not be compared with any other sense whatsoever. Keep your contractions closely, and would rather pull too early to call too late.
The mucus plug is a thick wad of transparent mucus, whether or not mixed with bits of blood. This prop up the uterus and protects your baby against external infections. Some women lose the mucus plug called a few days to a few weeks prior to giving birth. Other women lose the prop but little by little, and there are even women who see no trace of the mucus plug gain.
Make sure you put ready a flight suitcase before or during week 37. This contains all the stuff you would need if you unexpectedly need to give birth in the hospital:
- Nightie to give birth in
- Pajamas and slippers for when you need to stay overnight
- Socks & underwear
- Clean clothes
- Passport or ID card
- Insurance Pasje
- Mobile phone and / or charger
- Camera and / or video
For the baby:
- Rompers and parcels
- Cardigan and / or jacket
- Maxi Cosi