36 weeks pregnant

36 weeks

What’s happening in week 36

As you are getting closer and closer to the last month of final trimester. The countdown for delivery of baby has almost begun because 40 weeks doesn’t seem too far away now. If you not still been winding up your task just hurry up as maternity leave entitlements often start within the last 4-6 weeks of pregnancy. Although pregnancy time period is quite tough for any women so, it can become difficult to maintain usual employment activities in the last few weeks of gestation. Actually the last month of pregnancy is relaxing time because afterwards your work has been quite double so enjoy the important work your body is doing in these last days in supporting to baby. So just enjoy!

At a glance

  • There’s fat on your baby’s cheeks now,along with the strong muscles he’s developed for sucking contribute to his newly full face.

  • Baby may drop into the birth canal this week as the due date is quite near this process is called “lightening” or “dropping.”

  • During last few weeks of gestation baby’s ears are extra sharp, that he/she may even recognize your voice and favorite songs after birth.

  • Your baby looks more like a new-born this week, with pink skin and chubby little legs.

36 weeks pregnant

Your baby at week 36

Forget your swollen ankles and feet, aching back and itchy tummy just focus on your baby, who is quite big baby now and weighs about 6 lbs and 18 to 19 inches in length. As baby is fully developed so growth will slow down in the coming weeks. Baby can store up all the energy needed for delivery and  able to fit through the narrow passage to the outside.  When you are reached to 36 weeks pregnancy, baby’s skull bones are not fused together yet so the head can easily fit and pass over through the birth canal. Baby’s skull isn’t the only soft structure but most of the bones and cartilage are quite soft as well. As they will harden over the first few years of his life. Your baby is really getting ready to meet you now, as he/she is moving further down your pelvis ready to engage and putting on those last few ounces of weight.

You at 36 weeks pregnant

  • As baby engage all your tummy area so more heartburn, acid re-flux and indigestion in coming weeks so, aim to have 6-7 small meals each day rather than one big or infrequent meals.
  • In this week when you have your antennal checks, doctor may notice your baby is probably lying with its head down by now. This is known officially as a cephalic presentation. Don’t worry if your baby is lying sideways or even head up now, especially if you have had a baby before. There is still time for it to move into its correct position before you deliver.
  • Dental hygiene is very necessary so don’t forget to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss and have regular checks with your dentist as premature labor can be brought on by a gum infection, because bacteria which cause tooth decay are highly contagious for mothers and can easily transfer their own oral bacteria via their saliva and breath to their baby’s sterile mouth. So if you haven’t seen a dentist during your pregnancy so far, make an appointment for this week.
  • Add more fiber enrich food to your diet,such as whole grain and whole wheat bread, pasta and cereals and more vegetables including high fiber like broccoli, cauliflower or Brussel sprouts, if you are suffering with constipation. Drinking plenty of water is also help to ease constipation.
  • Forget your aching back, swollen ankles and feet just trying to focus on your baby,
  • Swelling in pregnancy is normal and also may can often occur in the face, hands and arms too.
  • As your baby is growing and about to 6 pounds now so he/ she has less room to maneuver, expect her movements to change too. You should still feel her moving, but there will be less jabbing and kicking and a lot more squirming.
  • As your stomach gets pushed up and squeezed by your uterus, you may feel like eating less at mealtimes. That’s not necessarily bad news. Smaller meals are better for your digestive system and may actually control heartburn.
  • Headache also become severe and turns to migraine in these coming weeks all blame to pregnancy hormones.
  • Your vaginal discharge may be increasing and getting thicker. Don’t be worried if you notice the mucous is pinkish, red or brownish after a vaginal examination. That just means that your cervix, which is sensitive now and may be starting to dilate, has been bruised.

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