36 Weeks Pregnant
CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve finally made it to the thirty-sixth week of your pregnancy, and now you are considered late preterm, nine months exactly from conception (full term is not until 37 weeks). Your baby can be born any time now, as most births take place between weeks 37–40. Although this is an exciting time, it can also be a time of anxiety. You should be seeing your doctor on a weekly basis to ensure that everything is moving along just fine
Changes in Your Body at 36 Weeks Pregnant
This is a moment when you may feel so impatient that nothing pleases you anymore. You are probably still suffering from fatigue, constipation, insomnia, pregnancy pains, restlessness, hemorrhoids, and everything else. Some women find that walking is incredibly difficult, while others have adapted to their pregnant bodies. Some women experience urinary tract infections at this point. These are caused by constant trips to the restroom and hemorrhoids. You may be feeling your baby resting on your pelvic bones. This is normal as he or she awaits labor and childbirth. You may also experience higher blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Your Baby’s Development
By now, your baby should have developed completely, although he or she will continue to build fat under the skin, causing the arms, legs, knees, cheeks, and face to plump more and more. He or she is one week away from being considered full term, at 19 inches in length and weighing around six pounds. But don’t worry, delivering now is just fine!
Pregnancy Week 36 Tips
This is a moment when you should work a lot with your patience. Stay relaxed and stop focusing on birth. Everything will be just right. Both you and your baby will be just fine.
Also, now is the moment to pun your hospital bag somewhere near the door, so that you can quickly pick it in case you feel that something is wrong. If you have other children, talk to them about what’s happening and the arrival of their sibling. Now would also be a great time to make arrangements for childcare. Daily walks, even if they are difficult, can help relieve the aches and pains you are still experiencing
According to the ultrasounds, I gave birth to baby Johnny on the first day of my 36th week (even though according to my last menstrual cycle this was the 37th week…anyway). And he was JUST FINE! Sure, he needed to be taken care of, mostly because I had a C-section and he had to be prepared for the surgery (sacrococcygeal teratoma).
Anyway, when I have entered my 9th month I felt really good. I had no stress at all, for I knew that now my baby is fully developed.
Here’s a picture of baby Johnny at birth. A baby born at 36 weeks of pregnancy, through C-section, with 2.800g, 49 cm long!
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