For some it’s a sore back, for others recurring headaches and for a few stinging legs; but the aches and pains are a common thread here. You’re extremely unfortunate if you have to grapple all. I can bet you are waiting for it to get over soon.
Your baby is getting fatter adding almost an ounce daily. His weight is slightly less than 6 pounds while he measures almost 20 inches from crown to feet. A baby born during this week is labeled as an early term baby. The fetus is in the head down position by now in preparation for birth. However, your doctor might still want to gauge the exact position by conducting an external exam.
All the systems in the baby’s body have matured except for the digestive system. The immune system is strong enough to fight off infections having stashed up enough antibodies from the mother’s body. The circulatory system is also pumping blood through your baby’s body. The digestive system however still needs some last minute touch-ups. In fact, it won’t be fully developed until after birth. This is because so far your baby has relied only on the umbilical cord for its nutrition. The digestive system becomes operational only after your baby starts having his feed. The next update is when you introduce solid foods.
The skin appears more smooth as it pulls taut over the fat padding under the skin. The fetus has shed the fine hairy coat and the waxy covering (vermix caseosa) that once protected its thin and transparent skin. It mingles with the amniotic fluid and has probably been ingested by the fetus. It will pass out in the first bowel movement as a blackish mixture called meconium.
Changes to Your Body
With the problems of heartburn and indigestion taking centre stage, many women tend to lose their appetite. Your ballooning uterus pressing down on the diaphragm makes you breathless. You will likely get relief when your baby drops down in the pelvis. However, the baby-dropping-in-the pelvis (called lightening in medical jargon) might make it harder for you to control your bladder. The pressure pressing down might also make it harder for you to walk.
You notice your breasts leaking a yellowish fluid. This is Colostrum and is supposed to be the best food for your baby as it contains an abundance of antibodies. It is natural for some of it to leak out as the breasts are busy preparing to make milk.
You tend to feel shaky and clumsy. It is the pregnancy hormones loosening and softening the tissues in preparation for delivery. So, watch your step girl! As the baby’s had presses down squarely, you might feel slight pelvic pain too. Edema, vaginal discharge and insomnia are the other 36th week pregnancy symptoms your might experience. Many women at this stage get into the nesting mode. They want to make sure everything is ready before the baby comes in buzzing around the house doing a number of chores.
Best Pregnancy Tips for the 36th Week
- Eat smaller, frequent meals.
- You should count your baby’s kicks. If you notice them to be less on a particular day, you should drink a glass of water or a sugary beverage. Your baby should start moving. If he doesn’t, contact your healthcare provider.
- Monitor the contractions if you experience any. If they last a minute and are about 5 minutes apart and if this has been happening for an hour, they are not Braxton Hicks Contractions. You might actually be in labor.
- Prepare a list of friends and relatives you would like to inform as soon as your baby is born and hand it over to someone you know will do the job.