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36 Weeks Pregnant: Week by Week Pregnancy

Symptoms, Tips and Fetal Development


Your pregnancy is coming to a close. In just a few weeks, you'll meet your new baby!

Your Body at 36 Weeks Pregnant

Your doctor or midwife visits are probably happening once a week now that you're 36 weeks pregnant. Take these opportunities to ask any questions you may have about your baby's impending birth, such as what labor signs you should look for.

Your Braxton-Hicks contractions are probably coming with more frequency when you're pregnant at 36 weeks. They can happen several times a day, but they'll typically last for less than a minute. If you're experiencing period-like cramps, this is totally normal as your body prepares for labor.

When you're pregnant at 36 weeks, you may see an increase in vaginal discharge. You may notice a mucus-like discharge, which is called a mucus plug or bloody show. This seals the cervix and losing it can be a sign that labor is on its way.

Your Baby at 36 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is preparing for birth too. Her lungs are now fully developed and have a lubricant called surfactant. This lubricant helps the lungs take their first breath once the baby is born.

human fetus at 36 weeks

Your baby at 36 weeks weighs around six pounds and is over 19 inches long. She's probably started to move lower into your pelvis, which can create a lot of pressure and an uncomfortable feeling as you walk. If your baby is breech, your healthcare provider may try to do a maneuver called external cephalic version. This involves trying to move your baby by pushing on your belly.

What to Consider When You're 36 Weeks Pregnant

At 36 weeks pregnant, you have probably decided on a birth plan. If your doctor has recommended a caesarean section, you should arrange for some help at home once the baby arrives. Many doctors recommend that women recovering from a c-section abstain from heavy lifting, housework and driving for the first few weeks.

If you live in a high-traffic area or a big city, it's a great idea to have a few routes to the hospital mapped out. This can be especially helpful if you go into labor during rush hour or another busy time. You should also place your hospital bag in the car and install the car seat so that you're ready to go at a moment's notice.

What to Expect at 37 Weeks Pregnant

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