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36 Weeks Pregnant

36 Weeks Pregnant

Congrats! You are the last month of your pregnancy. This week you will be entering the nine-month.  If you were to go to preterm labor, the baby has survivor change of 99 % with out any abnormalities or long-term complications.

 At this stage, if you were to have the baby it will need help with feeding. The baby will be required to stay at the hospital for some intensive care.

36 Weeks Pregnant: Baby Development

Fat Development And External Appearance

The baby’s skin is plumping up nicely thanks to the fatty layer developing under his skin. The fat layer will continue to develop in the next couple of weeks.  The baby will start having the appearance of chubby cheeks, fuller body, and makes him look plumper. 

The fat layers makes about 15 percent of the baby’s total weight. In the next couple of weeks the baby’s main priority is to gain weight. He is also shedding the downy hair.

Skull And Bone Development

The skull is not fully developed to make it easier at birth canal.

Sensory Organ Development

During gestation at week 36th the baby recognizes the mothers voice after birth. Many case studies have proven the baby prefers their mother’s voice to anyone else.

Internal Organ And System Development

The immune system is fully mature and has proper blood circulation. The baby immune system is getting ready for birth to be able to fight any infections. The baby’s lungs now are fully mature to survive breathing on their own if you went to premature labor.

How Big Is Your Baby?

At week 36, the baby is around 18.6 inches of length from crown to feet. He weights about 6 pounds. The baby usually gains about 1 ounce per day. He is the size of a cantaloupe.

36th Week of Pregnancy:
Fetal Movement

The baby will have short periods were he is active.  The baby is growing rapidly having less space to move around so his kicks and punches might feel a bit lighter that previously before.  Majority of baby’s at week 36 have already positioned themselves head down.

Birth Position And Breech Baby

By week 36, the doctor will check to see if the baby is position head down. If the baby remains in a breech position or transverse the C-section delivery increases.

The doctor will try to do a procedure called, external cephalic version (EVC), that helps the doctor apply some pressure to see if the baby will rotate.

36 Weeks Pregnant With Twins

If you’re carrying twins you have almost reached full term at 37 weeks. Majority of women carrying twins usually go to labor during 36th week. 

To make more room in the womb when carrying twins one of the baby’s usually move toward the pelvic cavity to create more space.

36 Weeks Pregnant:
Weight Gain, Belly, And Body Changes

At week 36, you might start experiencing more pressure in the lower abdomen due to the baby gradually dropping down in your belly. When the baby starts dropping down it opens up space for your lungs, ribcage, and stomach to stretch a bit. Many women due complain of shortness of breath and heartburn.

During the third trimester your weight gain does slow down. The breast is producing tons of yellowish fluid colostrum getting reading for breast-feeding. You might notice your breast leaking from time to time.

36 Weeks Pregnant Tests And Ultrasound

Your doctor will begin a prenatal check every week till day of birth. The prenatal routine will help to monitor the baby’s position or any infections.

A vaginal swab for culture test involves taking a sample of secretions. The test will help detect any bacteria such as Group B streptococci or GBS bacteria.

Pregnancy Week 36 Signs And Symptoms

The early signs and symptoms of pregnancy have decreased. However, they are many new symptoms happening in 36 weeks pregnant:

Signs of Early Labor

There are many signs to watch out for early labor. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Bleeding
  • Spotting
  • Increase vaginal discharge
  • Abdomen cramps
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Pulsing lower back

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