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Pregnancy Week 36

36 Weeks Pregnant: The 36th Week Of Pregnancy

You have reached 36 weeks, and your baby could arrive at any time. We hope you enjoy these last several weeks of pregnancy.

What changes are occurring with your body?

Your baby is continuing to put on the weight (about an ounce a day), but you will most likely not notice a change in your own weight. You may feel like there is no room left for your baby to grow and may be very tired of feeling so “big”, but remember that the longer your baby is in its protective environment up until its due date, generally the better it is.

You may notice an increase in the amount of Braxton Hicks contractions you experience. Many women experiencing Braxton Hicks head to the hospital, only to be told that they are actually experiencing a false alarm or false labor.

While this can be incredibly frustrating, it can be a good practice run for getting to the hospital. True labor contractions will eventually follow Braxton Hicks contractions.

How big is your baby?

Your baby is likely between 17 ½ to 19 inches (44.5 to 48.3 cm) long and weighs 5 ¾ to 6 ¾ pounds (2.6 to 3.1 kg).

What is happening with your baby?

The fine downy hair (lanugo) that has covered you baby’s skin is beginning to disappear, along with the vernix caseosa. Vernix caseosa is the thick, creamy substance that has protected your baby’s skin while submerged in amniotic fluid.

Your baby will swallow both of these, along with some amniotic fluid, which combine together to form meconium, your baby’s first bowel movement.

Your baby should be in the head down position, but do not panic if your baby has yet to reach this position. If your baby is still not head down by next week, your health care provider may suggest trying external cephalic version, a method to correct a breech presentation.

For more information regarding this procedure, please read about breech births.

What should you plan for this week?

When you have your appointment this week you should be prepared for:

  • Cervical cultures, specifically Group B Strep
  • Discussion of External Cephalic Version (ECV) if your baby is in a breech presentation
  • Discussion regarding the possibility of a cesarean or VBAC

Packing for the hospital can be a cumbersome task. Now that you have reached 36 weeks, it is best to go ahead and start this. Talk with other women for ideas, and see our recommendations regarding packing for your birth.

Some basic items to remember are:

Essentials for Mom

  • Health insurance card
  • Breast pads – You will need these whether or not you are breastfeeding because they stop leaks by absorbing milk.
  • Going-home outfit – Choose one that fit when you were 6 months pregnant.
  • Sanitary pads – Many women feel more comfortable when they bring their favorite brand with them; just make sure they are designed for a heavier flow.

Essentials for Baby

  • Infant car seat and infant head support You will not be allowed to leave the hospital without one; include the instructions.
  • Going-home outfit
  • Newborn diapers

Tips for making your pregnancy better:

If your breasts make you uncomfortable during the night, you may want to begin sleeping in a nursing bra. Nursing bras provide much needed support even before your baby is born.

These can also be worn during the day if they feel more comfortable.

Tips for mom’s partner

While it is essential that your partner has her bag packed for the trip to the hospital, there are also items you can pack to prepare for the delivery of your baby.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Change of clothes
  • Pajamas if spending the night
  • Bathing suit- This is important if your partner is planning on a water birth or using the birthing pool during labor.
  • A watch with a second hand
  • Video/camera-Make sure this is okay with your partner first. Also, don’t forget to bring extra batteries, chargers, etc.

Week 36 of pregnancy (Days 252-258)

Your growing baby now measures up to 47.5cm from crown to heel and weighs approximately 2.7kg. Your baby should be consistently moving 10 times a day.

Your baby is no longer a zygote or a single cell. The cells have multiplied rapidly and now the embryo is taking shape.

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From week 9 you can have Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening, to assess your risk of Down’s Syndrome and other conditions.

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This week marks the end of the first trimester, and the risk of miscarrage reduces dramatically.

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1 st Trimester

Your baby now measures around 8cm, from crown to rump and weighs around 40g.

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Your growing baby now measures 28cm from crown to heel and weighs approximately 350g.

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Your growing baby now measures 38cm from crown to heel and weighs approximately 1kg.

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2 nd Trimester

Your growing baby now measures 39cm from crown to heel and weighs approximately 1.1kg.

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Your growing baby now measures up to 47.5cm from crown to heel and weighs approximately 2.7kg.

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Your baby is now considered full term and will not normally gain much weight at this point.

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3 rd Trimester

Ultrasound image of the femur of a fetus at 36 weeks gestation.

Babies born at 36 weeks tend to be smaller that full-term babies but are generally healthy and require only minimal medical support or intervention.

By the end of this week, the fetus is classed as being full-term, and labour usually begins at some point between 37 and 42 weeks. By week 36 of pregnancy fetal weight is approximately 2.7kg and fetal length is around 47.5cm from crown to heel. Weight gain is continuing steadily at a rate of around 25g per day Although bones and cartilage have been hardening over the past few weeks, they will remain relatively soft and pliable, allowing greater flexibility and ease of passage during the birthing process. All major organs and systems, such as the circulatory system are now fully developed and functional and the digestive and intestinal systems are fully matured and will start to function during the first feed after birth.

You may notice that the position of your bump is altering and appears lower. This could be a sign that the baby is engaged, ready for birth. Engagement means that the baby has turned head-down, with its head pressing against your cervix. Your midwife will be able to confirm the position of your baby by feeling your stomach and should be able to tell you if the baby is engaged. If your baby is engaged, you may find it easier to breathe and have less digestive discomfort as more of the baby is now housed in your pelvic area and your lungs and stomach now have more room to move and function normally. However, you may also find that walking is somewhat more uncomfortable due to the added pressure in your pelvic area.

The increased pressure in you pelvis and lower abdomen can also lead to constipation – or worse constipation if you are already suffering from it. Eating several smaller ‘mini meals’ can help, as it will place lower demands on your digestive system. It can also help to alleviate digestive discomfort such as heartburn and trapped wind. Ensuring that you drink plenty of fluids can also help to manage constipation. Ensuring that you keep up your fluid intake can also help to lessen any swelling that you may be experiencing in your legs, ankles and feet by helping to flush out any excess sodium and other waste products from your system.

Many women find that, by this point in their pregnancy, their breasts have started to leak a little colostrum. Colostrum is the rich, first breast milk that will help to boost your baby’s immune system. Production of colostrum before your baby is born is normal for many women and is part of your body’s preparations for looking after your baby after birth.

You may also be experiencing Braxton Hicks or ‘practice’ contractions. Although they are common during the third trimester, many women are concerned that they are actually the beginning of labour. Braxton Hicks differ from actual contractions because they are not usually painful and they do not increase in length and intensity over time. ‘Real’ contractions, as opposed to Braxton Hicks, will become increasingly strong and more painful and will occur more frequently (become closer together) over time.

Symptoms to watch out for

Movement of the baby remains very important. There should be ten movements a day which are changing from kicking to rolling. Headache, swelling, disturbances of vision and swelling of the ankles and face remain as possible signs of pre-eclampsia. Itching of the hands and feet suggests obstetric cholestasis. Contractions of the tummy may become more frequent and painful. This may be associated with change in vaginal discharge. There may be pressure in the pelvis when upright and walking.

What is routinely offered on NHS

Any of the above symptoms should prompt a review by the midwife or doctor. Serious concern might prompt admission to hospital for observation.

What other care is available

An additional scan, midwife or consultant opinion can be accessed in a private clinic. There is no need for a referral letter. This can help you with decisions about delivery. You can have more time to discuss. In a private clinic you can have a swab to screen for Group B Streptococcus.

You can have a private, one to one birth preparation session with an experienced midwife, including relaxation techniques for labour.

Ultrasound image of the femur of a fetus at 36 weeks gestation.

36 Weeks Pregnant

What to expect at 36 weeks pregnant? Starting with week 36, you should start seeing your caregiver or midwife about once a week. Since only 5% of babies are born on their due date, you’d better get ready in case that your tiny human decides to leave Hotel Utero earlier. In fact, this can happen at any time during the remaining 4 weeks. With all organs now fully developed, he’s got to do just some bulking up before he’s ready to hit the outside world and meet you!

Pregnancy Symptoms at 36 Weeks

Pregnancy Symptoms at 36 Weeks

What to Expect:

  • As your baby — and belly — grows, there’s less space available in your uterus, which usually makes eating a normal-size meal quite a challenge. It’s better to eat smaller meals to ease up the discomfort. Soon, your baby will “drop” down into your pelvic area, a process called lightening. It occurs a few weeks before labor, and may put extra pressure on your bladder, cervix, and vagina. This can make walking more uncomfortable, and result in even more frequent trips to the bathroom. The good news? Breathing is a lot easier now that your ballooning uterus isn’t crowding your diaphragm anymore!
  • Braxton Hicks contractions will also occur more often than before. As a rule of thumb, if you have contractions that last about one minute each, coming every five minutes or so for an hour, then labor may be close. Keep an emergency number at hand, just in case you may need to get to the hospital and your partner or someone else isn’t available to take you there.
  • You might also feel your nesting instinct kick in this week, giving you an irresistible desire to keep everything clean and neat in preparation for the baby’s arrival. Make sure not to exhaust yourself, though — if you have the energy to do housekeeping and de-cluttering, then go with it!

Your Baby at 36 Weeks

When you’re 36 weeks pregnant, your baby is getting ready to meet you! How big is a baby at 36 weeks?At 18 1/2 inches long and almost 6 pounds, your little one is the size of a papaya right now. Layers of fat are piling on his little body — and he’s got some more growing to do before birth. Normally, a baby weighs around 7.5lbs at birth, but if yours isn’t there yet, don’t worry!

At this point, he’s shedding both lanugo and vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected his skin against the effects of bathing in amniotic fluid for nine months. Your baby swallows both of these substances, which will result in meconium, a blackish substance that will form the contents of his first bowel movement. The blood circulation and immune system are ready for the outside world right now, but we can’t say the same about his digestive system, which still has some development to do first. At the end of this week, your baby is considered “early term” (before 37 weeks he’s “pre-term”; at 39-40 weeks he’s “full-term”). By now, he has probably moved into the head-down position in your uterus, and has descended into your pelvis.

Pregnancy Week By Week

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This is your 40 th week of pregnancy. Congratulations! This officially marks the end of your pregnancy and if you haven’t delivered your baby yet, well, you’re just waiting a day or two before you can carry your bundle of joy in your arms. Now, don’t you worry if you haven’t had your baby yet because only 5% of women deliver on their due date. Let your little one stall for a few more days to make everything exciting and for you and your partner to be able to think about your experiences for the last 40 weeks. The joys and pains of pregnancy, not only for you but for your partner as well, are about to end so make time to savor every minute of it. And touch your baby bump as often as you can now because you’ll surely miss it.

By week 40, your baby is most likely one of the 96% of babies who isn’t in a breech position and now is deeply snuggled into your pelvis. The immune system of your little one is still underdeveloped and the baby still receives antibodies from the placenta. After birth, your baby will continuously receive antibodies from your through breastfeeding. Most of the protective lanugo has completely peeled by now. Although now and again, you may still find some of it, particularly at your baby’s back and ears.

Your baby’s measurement should be 19 to 21 inches long and weigh about 7 pounds or more.

For mom, although you won’t feel your cervix thinning out or widening, it is probably already doing the exact thing right now. A centimeter is used when measuring your dilation, while percentage is used for effacement. During labor, your doctor will give you the measurements after an internal exam. If your baby has “dropped” this week, you’ll feel uncomfortable down there, more if possible. This is because due to your baby’s head that’s already pushing you now and again. If you have the time and if you can find a certified prenatal massage therapist, have a session with him or her to ease your pain.

For dad, well, congratulations! Pregnancy is also a big and scary thing for fathers even though you don’t really literally carry your kid. But you’ll have time after birth. You can carry your child all you want. But make sure that you don’t take your partner for granted. You smooch your son and/or daughter with love, the same way you smooch your partner for a job well done.

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Week 39 of Being Pregnant

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Week 39 of pregnancy and it’s all coming down to the wire. Make sure to use this time to rest and really prepare for the coming of your baby. Use this time also to think about you and your family’s future. You can do this during your daily walk exercise. A lot of pregnant women lose their mucus plug one to two weeks before delivery. But if yours hasn’t, don’t panic. Some women lose theirs during the delivery. Now, if the mucus is pinkish or brownish and streaked with blood, then it’s a signal that labor is almost there. A few more days and you’re ready to pop.

By week 39, your baby is most probably positioned with his head facing down (which is the normal position) and his bottom toward your ribs. If the positions are interchanged, there’s a big chance that you’ll deliver your baby through C-section. If you’re a first timer, don’t panic when you feel that your baby “drops” a few days before your delivery. That’s but normal too. It just simple means that your baby moves further down into your pelvis to get ready for his or her birth. Now, some babies prefer having their head facing upward and butt downwards. This position is commonly called breech, which carries risks to you and your baby during delivery. And while you can still deliver your baby through normal delivery when he or she is in a breach position, C-section is usually recommended by doctors to avoid distress.

At the end of this week your baby should measure 20 inches in length and about 7 pounds in weight.

For mom, you’ll probably experiencing regular Braxton Hicks now. And they are getting stronger. Now, if you haven’t had a contraction yet, don’t panic. Braxton Hicks contractions are common for multiparas. Your heartburn is at its peak now. But thankfully, relief is just around the corner when you give birth. But as of now, settle to drinking water and juices and taking small meals to help you with your reflux and digestion. As for backaches, they could get worse now as you count down the final weeks. A soothing shower or bath (remember to let someone help you in and out the tub) will help you ease the pain.

For dad, be omnipresent and proactive. This is not the time for you to let your partner run the show. You need to step up so you can help her ease her discomforts.

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Week 37 of Pregnancy

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This is your 37 th week of pregnancy. Congratulations are in order as this is considered the week where you’re officially full-termed! Any moment now and you’re going to be in labor and then childbirth. But even with three more weeks to go, you’re baby is still do his tricks to grow inside you. In fact, he’s still packing on about 0.5 pound a week.

Yes, that makes it a bit crowded in your uterus, so he or she’s hopefully and probably not kicking as much. Though now and again, he or she stretch, roll out or wiggle, which are movements that you can feel all at the same time. Right now, your little one is busy rehearsing for his or her big debut. He or she’s inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, sucking his or her thumb, blinking, dreaming and a lot more. Boy, your baby’s ready to go out.

By week 37, your baby has formed enough dexterity to grasp with the fingers. At the end of this week, if he or she hasn’t made his or her debut to the outside world yet, his or her measurement is roughly 19 inches in length and almost 6 pounds in weight.

For mom, after week 37, you may lose the mucous plug that bounded your uterus from infection. As the cervix widens in preparation for the labor, the plug is excreted from the body. Make sure to mention this to your doctor so he or she can monitor your progress. If leg cramps are making your nights painful and in misery, make sure to drink more fluids during daytime. Also make sure to take in as much calcium as you can to avoid any complications. When it comes to stretch marks, with your boobs and belly as big as they’ve never been, you’re likely having these glorious scars of pregnancy battles. Don’t fret too much though, they’ll fade into almost silver lines and turn into a badge of pride after few months of giving birth.

For dad, knowing whether your partner is in labor is a vital step in childbirth. Make it a point to know the difference between real labor and false labor. Knowing these symptoms will better serve you and your partner when the big day comes. You’ll also be less panicky if you know what’s happening with your partner. It can be quite alarming to watch your partner begin to experience contractions. Being there for her and doing what needs to be done is something that you can contribute to your loved one.

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