Pregnancy Calendar Week 36 – You Will Feel Difficult to Move Around
Despite of troubling symptoms and all other discomforts, you have really made it to the 36th week. While you are not full term yet, get ready for the big day. For more information on what to do this week, this story will help you out.
If one has to describe your condition by the time you enter 36th week, it would be a ‘heavily pregnant’. Yes, you are just near the finishing line with the pressure on the pelvis increasing day by day. You would feel like your baby which is also undergoing finishing touches, is dropping lower into the pelvis.
Your body this week
Pregnant belly and bodyweight
Your uterus this week has taken up a lot of space inside your belly creating difficulties for you in moving around. This is because the third trimester is the rapid growth of the baby and the extra weight the baby gains during this period could be uncomfortable for the mother-to-be. Besides, the cervix is now stretched out containing thick mucus or mucus plug which prevents bacteria to enter baby’s abode. If you pass the plug in coming weeks, this means your labor is near.
The hips can also become unstable as the ligaments and joints in the pelvis loosen, steadily making the baby’s exit easy. Moreover, you can experience pelvic pressure as the baby is dropping lower in the pelvis. Though this is absolutely normal, if the pressure and pain is getting intense, accompanied by fever or bleeding, you need to contact the doctor without delay. Healthy weight gain during pregnancy is extremely important and with 14-15 kgs of added bodyweight, it seems you are going great.
With just four weeks remaining to meet your baby, the idea of having the baby in hands will overcome the discomforts you have been experiencing. So, just a few weeks left and all the distresses and uneasiness will come to rest. In fact, presently you might be feeling better in terms of breathing. Still, you will need to look out for below symptoms in this week.
- Leaky breasts
- Frequent urination
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Trouble sleeping
- Swollen ankles and feet
Complications in 36th week of pregnancy
This week you really need to keep a close watch on contractions. If you are not familiar with the term Braxton Hicks, then you should know that these are false contractions that may compel you to think that the labor period has started. True contractions feels like tightening or cramping in the uterus just like menstrual cramps. Some women might also feel these contractions behind their back with stomach feeling hard to touch.
And most importantly, if these are labor contractions, the intensity will continue to increase and then slowly subside and this cycle will continue till contractions become closer i.e. occur frequently and lasts longer. The chances of babies born prematurely due to conditions such as preeclampsia are still there. Besides, the babies born at this time might be at the risk of getting respiratory distress syndrome and low on weight.
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Your baby this week
The baby is developing in full swing during this period. Majority of the development related to organs have been completed except few finishing touches remaining.
As the lungs are still developing, the baby is getting closer and closer to build up the ability of breathing on his own.
Skull and bones
The bones and cartilage of the baby are still fragile. The bones that forms the part of your baby’s skull are able to move and overlap. This helps the baby get through the birth canal easily.
While majority of the internal systems are pretty much mature, the digestive system still need to catch up. In fact, it won’t be fully developed until sometime after the birth. This is largely because the baby has relied upon the umbilical cord for its nutrition and digestive system though developed hasn’t been fully operational.
Size, weight and appearance
At 36 weeks, the size of the baby from crown to feet is about 18 inches or 1.5 feet. As the little one is getting plumper with each passing day, he or she would be around 2.7 kg (6 pounds) in weight or the size of giant kew pineapple.
In the last weeks, food might not be the priority as these moments might appear nervous and anxious. However, healthy eating should remain the priority no matter in which week you are into. This week your diet schedule should include:
- Foods that are less spicy
- Avoid citrus fruits and chocolates
- Foods such as pomegranate, figs, broccoli and grapes to get maximum vitamin K needed for healing wounds
- Continue taking calcium rich foods for strengthening bones of the baby
While your wife is gearing up to put a plethora of questions related to labor and delivery in front of the doctor, it is also incumbent on you to do the same. As a responsible hubby, you may want to ask questions such as timing and count of contractions, the doctor may advise you an app to serve this purpose.
This will help you determine how long the each stage of labor normally lasts and in which stage your partner is currently in. Also, this is the time you should stay reachable as due date is getting closer and closer.
At 36 weeks, you must have started visiting the doctor every week as you are going through critical phase. You will be undergoing the usual checkups but simultaneously your doctor will be advising you to count the number of movements. The point here to be noted is that movements which were frequent once may not be as frequent and obvious at this stage.
This is because the baby has grown up and running out of space inside to show his gymnastics skills. Besides, the doctor might also conduct internal examination to check if the cervix has begun to open (dilate). But not all the gynecologist practices this and not every pregnant wants to go through this. So, it’s not mandatory and you are well within your rights to opt out.
Also, this is the time you must ask questions related to labor such as water breaking at home or what to eat and drink during labor, etc.
Tips of the week
Ideally, you should already be well-prepared to welcome your baby. There might be several things on your to do list, but don’t worry you still have time. Here are some of the things you should be focusing before baby’s arrival:
- Search a good pediatrician and lactation consultant for your baby
- Join prenatal class to learn about signs of labor
- Pack your birth bag with the most important stuffs including baby outfits, diapers, sanitary pads, etc.
FAQs at 36th week of pregnancy
What is the sign of mucus plug loosening?
Losing the cervical mucus plug is a sign that the labor is imminent. If you happen to see a thick yellowish discharge tinged with blood, this means your labor period would begin shortly. Actually it depends on pregnancy to pregnancy, some women may experience this weeks before labor while some other may lose mucus plug right before labor.
Is pelvic pain normal during this phase?
Pelvic pain is normal at this point and while you cannot prevent this, a few tips can help you even out this discomfort. You can take warm baths, ask your partner for prenatal massage or wear a pelvic support belt to soothe your muscles.
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