What to Expect when You’re 36 Weeks Pregnant
You’ve got about a month to go and, by now, you’ll be experiencing all signs and symptoms. The pregnancy and the hormones are busy getting ready for labor (and playing havoc with your bodily functions, mind, and emotions while they’re at it!).
At this stage of pregnancy babies usually drop lower down in your pelvic cavity ready for delivery and this can relieve the pressure on your diaphragm, reducing heartburn and making breathing easier.
At 36 weeks pregnant, your baby weighs around six pounds and measures up to nineteen inches long. Growth will slow down over the last four weeks as your baby conserves his or her energy for the journey through the birth canal.
Common Symptoms at 36 Weeks Pregnant
There’s one slightly scary symptom around week 36 which can give you a fright if you’re not expecting it – streaks of blood in your vaginal discharge. As long as it’s not actually excessive bleeding (call your doctor right away!), it’s a perfectly normal symptom. Your cervix may be starting to become more sensitive and dilated and it may have become a little bruised, particularly if you’ve had intercourse or a vaginal exam.
Other signs symptoms of pregnancy at this stage can include an aching back, tender or leaking breasts, insomnia, incontinence, edema and braxton hicks contractions.
While uncomfortable, all of these are very normal signs pregnancy is progressing.
One of the sure signs of pregnancy in the final month is that ungainly pregnancy “waddle”. This is simply a result of carrying that huge bump around and of the baby’s lower position in your pelvic cavity. Even a short walk can be exhausting and, if you’re still at work, you’re probably feeling the toll. Hopefully, you’ve got an arrangement with your employer so that you can start your maternity leave as soon as things get too tough.
To Do List When You Are 36 Weeks Pregnant
Keep Track of Symptoms:
When you visit your obstetrician or midwife, they’ll definitely be asking you what symptoms of pregnancy you’ve been experiencing since your last appointment. They need to know all the gory details to make sure things are all on track. But, if you’re suffering from “pregnancy brain”, you may forget to mention some of the changes or symptoms. It’s a very good idea to keep a journal of all the changes you notice at this stage. Also, write down any questions you have for your professional. If possible, it’s also a good plan to take your partner along to appointments. He’s not suffering from “pregnancy brain” and is sure to remember the things you forget!
Relax, Communicate, Learn:
As you get closer to the due date, anxiety is very common. If this is your first pregnancy, you’re moving into completely unknown territory. Communicate regularly with your professionals, with your partner, and with your friends. Learn all you can about birth and delivery (but avoid the horror stories!). Just think: women have been doing this since the beginning of time – you can do it too!
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