Future moms will notice that their baby moves less frequently when they are 36 weeks pregnant. This is because there is less room in the uterus for the baby to move about. Expectant moms will also find that some symptoms have disappeared while others have worsened. As she comes closer to her due date, the baby is about ready for the outside world.
Women who are 36 weeks pregnant will find themselves conscious about labor pains and childbirth. Nervousness and anxieties are normal even if they have attended birthing classes. Preparing everything in advance helps in alleviating their fears and nervousness when in labor.
What to Expect at 36 Weeks Pregnant
- Weight gain
The average weight gain on week 36 does not go below 25 pounds. 36-week pregnant women may find themselves waddling due to their bigger bellies.
Traveling is not recommended starting week 36 due to the possibility of childbirth.
- Prenatal visits
An expectant mom will be visiting her doctor every week up until delivery. The doctor will regularly monitor her cervix if it has thinned or dilated and if the baby’s head has dropped to the pelvis.
This is the condition when the baby has dropped into the pelvis. For some women, lightening happens earlier in week 34 while others experience it in week 36. Lightening causes rib pain, heartburn and breathing difficulties to disappear. On the other hand, the dropping of the baby into the pelvis makes other symptoms get worse.
Fetal Development on the 36th Week of Pregnancy
Normally, the baby on the 36th week of pregnancy is in birthing position which is headfirst or head down. However, quite a few babies are still breech. The fetus now weighs a whopping 6 pounds and is 18.6 inches long. His/her brain is rapidly developing, while most of the organs are already mature except for the lungs. The liver and kidneys have been processing waste products. The baby’s heart is beating at 110 to 160 beats per minute. Furthermore, he/she ingests amniotic fluid and excretes urine. The reproductive organs are fully developed as well.
Symptoms of 36 Weeks Pregnant
Large abdomen, sleeping problems, shifted center of gravity and increased overall physical discomfort contribute to the clumsiness felt during week 36 of pregnancy.
- Braxton-Hicks contractions
These false labor contractions are getting stronger and occur more frequently. These contractions enable the 36-week pregnant woman to prepare for real labor contractions.
- Frequent urination
Frequent urination has become more intense as the baby drops to the pelvis, compressing the bladder.
- Hip pain
This exasperating symptom occurs due to the increased pressure brought by the enlarged uterus and raging relaxin hormone which relaxes the joints in the pelvis.
- Increased vaginal discharge
Women will notice high amounts of thick vaginal discharge on week 36. This is a sign that the cervix is becoming more sensitive and labor is imminent.
Childbirth is looming when a woman is 36 weeks pregnant. Nervousness and anxieties will not last long as happiness will rule once the baby finally arrives.
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