36th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes

36th Week Pregnancy

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Does your house suddenly seem untidy and messy? Do you find yourself fighting an urge to get the broom and sweep all the cobwebs out of this world? Relax, because this is normal! When 36 weeks pregnant, you are now close to delivering your precious little princess and motherhood is testing you to the limit, pushing you to prepare your nest. The nesting instinct is as powerful in humans as it is among animals. As long you restrict the cleaning to low-impact physical activities like sweeping, mopping, etc. you don’t have much to worry. Read our post and learn all about 36th-week pregnancy here.

36 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms:

You will witness the following symptoms in or during 36th week of pregnancy:

  • Leaking breasts
  • Incontinence
  • Pain in the lower abdomen area
  • High blood pressure and high sugar levels
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain in the pelvic region
  • Edema
  • Increased frequency of false contractions
  • General uneasiness because of the growing tummy
  • Itching in the belly

Changes In Your Body:

By week 36, your body is almost ready for D-day. Most babies are born between week 37 and week 40; it is a matter of a week or two before you meet, greet and fuss all over your precious little princess. Physically, there’s not much going on because the baby has latched itself on to the pelvic area awaiting labor. But emotionally, you are nothing short of riding a roller coaster- sometimes you may be happy, and sometimes you feel weepy. And sometimes you are a firestorm that nobody dares approach! Here are some of the changes that you may experience during pregnancy week 36:

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1. Incontinence:

Your visits to the bathroom would now be more frequent than ever. At 36 weeks pregnancy, most babies drop into the pelvic region. The tremendous pressure on the bladder means that it cannot hold as much urine as it could earlier. The pregnancy hormone hCG increases blood flow to the pelvic region and the kidneys, allowing the body to dispose of waste immediately. Unfortunately, there’s little you can do. Perhaps, peeing twice (wait for a few seconds after you are done and then pee again) every time you go to the bathroom could help to empty your bladder completely. Don’t even think about cutting down on fluids, although restricting intake in the evenings could help. Your body needs fluids to prevent edema and urinary infection.

2. Baby Drops With Her Head Engaged In The Pelvis:

If the baby hasn’t ‘dropped’ until now, she will by this week, especially if you are a first-time moms. Your lungs and diaphragm now have space to expand giving you respite from the shortness of breath that you experience all the while. You’ll also be able to enjoy a full meal without heartburn.

3. Muscles In The Pelvic Area Are Loosened:

The pregnancy hormone hCG also loosens joints around your pelvis, which can change your gait to a waddle. The loose joints help the baby to push through the pelvic bones. You may experience pain around the abdomen and pelvic area. Warm baths and compresses around the lower back area can help alleviate the pain.

4. Vaginal Discharge:

Sometimes you may experience mucus like pinkish (sometimes red and sometimes brown) discharge, especially after sex or physical examination. It is called leucorrhea; it occurs when estrogen increases blood flow to the pelvic area. Although mildly smelly, the vaginal discharge keeps your birth canal infection free and maintains a healthy balance of good bacteria. Vaginal discharge is normal and not a cause for worry until the mucus like thing turns greenish and smells foul. Do not douche as douching interferes with the natural flora of the vagina. Use panty liners instead and keep the vaginal area clean and dry.

5. General Discomfort and Body Ache:

A growing tummy, loosened muscles and sleeplessness, all contribute towards general discomfort. Your body aches, especially in the lower abdomen, lower back, and hips. Warm baths and bed rest should help to cope.

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6. Insomnia:

A growing tummy means that you cannot (rather, should not) lie on your tummy, nor should you lie on your back. The only option out is to sleep on the sides leaving you uncomfortable and sleepless. Besides, it is never easy to sleep with a watermelon tied to your stomach! The only way out is to relax and keep all anxieties at bay. Stress only induces heartburn, which in turn, could keep you awake. Follow a daily bedtime routine- warm shower followed by a gentle massage or some soothing music can lull you to sleep. Wear clean and loose nightwear before sleep. Also, make sure that your bedding is clean and comfortable.

[ Read: Tips To Minimize Insomnia During Pregnancy ]

Changes In The Baby At 36 Weeks:

At 36 week pregnant, your baby is almost ready to be born. She isn’t growing as much as she did earlier; neither is she as active. But the kicks and movements are now pronounced. Here are some of the other changes that your baby experiences in 36 weeks of pregnancy:

  • The Skull Bones Are Soft:

A soft skull allows the baby to push through the pelvic area easily and adapt to the shape of the mother’s birth canal. Not just the skull, but most of the baby’s bones are soft- they’ll harden as your child grows up.

  • Meconium:

Meconium is a black, sticky, and tar-like bowel motion that stays in the baby’s bowel until birth. But sometimes babies pass meconium while in the womb and stain the amniotic fluid. If your water breaks and is greenish in color, contact your doctor immediately.

  • Head Down Position:

By now, the baby would have turned her head down and is just one week short of a full term. If this hasn’t happened, doctors apply gentle pressure on the baby and encourage her to go into the head down position.

  • Baby Isn’t Active As She Was Earlier:

There’s not much room for the baby to move around. She’s also getting ready for delivery, which means that she isn’t as active as she was earlier. You could, however, prod her to respond with a song or ask your partner to speak to her.

  • Leaky Breasts:

By the 8th month, your breasts may leak colostrum- a thin yellowish liquid that’s full of proteins and other essential nutrients. The situation is normal and perhaps nature’s way of signaling that you are now ready to give birth. Wear nursing pads inside your bra to prevent leaks.

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Baby Weight At 36 Weeks In Kg:

At pregnancy 36 weeks, your baby weighs around 2.5 kilograms and measures around 51 centimeters. She is as big as a Spanish melon.

Pregnancy Tips For You When You At Week 36:

The final few weeks of pregnancy can seem endless, especially if you’ve had a difficult nine months. On the other hand, anxiety may set in about the sleepless nights to be endured. Here’s how to cope week 36 of pregnancy:

Working moms usually apply for maternity leave from week 36 onwards. Friends and colleagues are probably preparing for a send-off. Now is the time to put your feet up (especially if you suffer from edema) and relax!

If you have an older kid, you may have to start organizing things so that there’s minimal disruption to his routine. Arrange for someone to pick and drop him at school or a hobby class.

Plan for all the additional costs involved in raising a baby. Between paying for childcare to spending on clothes and saving for college, there are a hundred odd things you will have to take into account. Save yourself from all this stress by planning ahead.

Prepare your hospital bag, if you haven’t done it until now. Some of the essentials inside the mommy bag include insurance card, clean set of clothes, sanitary napkins, breast pads, and a fresh set of towels. The baby bag should include the baby’s clothes (washed), towels, diapers, and the car seat.

And if your hospital bag is ready, it is time to plan your days ahead. It is difficult to shop for baby gear after delivery. Cribs, swings, bassinets, monitors, blankets, etc. the list can be endless. You may also have to stock up on the batteries needed to power each of these.

You don’t have to wait for delivery to bond with your baby. Your baby is probably the most active when you relax. So get ready to chat with her or play soothing music for her to hear. Studies show that children can recognize the sounds that they’ve heard when in the womb; they find these sounds relaxing after birth.

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Practice breathing techniques. You don’t have to follow a strict breathing pattern, because, if you’ve been there and done that, I’m sure you’ll understand that when the pain starts, nothing matters. Doctors and childbirth experts usually recommend that you tune-in to a breathing pattern. That could be slow and deep breathing or faster, shallow breathing- whatever sails your boat.

Although walking is the last thing that you probably want to do, it is important that you don’t miss out on your daily walks. It is the perfect remedy for your aches and pains. Speak to your doctor if you fear about water breaks while walking.

Spend time with your loved ones. They could help you handle the stress and anxiety associated with pregnancy. After delivery, you and your baby are going to be cocooned from the stress of the outside world. You may not have the time or energy to speak to them.

This is also the time to search for pediatricians for the baby. While a pediatrician will check your baby immediately after birth, you may need to consult one for subsequent visits and vaccinations.

Pregnancy hormones don’t just affect a woman’s gait; they also affect the size of her breasts. Sometimes, it gets uncomfortable to sleep at night thanks to all that weight you are carrying. Wear a nursing bra for better support. In fact, they’re good enough to wear in the day as well.

Tips For Dads-To-Be:

The last few weeks of pregnancy are challenging not just for the pregnant mom, but for the dad-to-be as well. You may realize that your partner tires easily and needs your help even with simple chores. She is also becoming increasingly cranky thanks to the sleepless nights and perpetual discomfort. As due date approaches, visits to the obstetrician also increase. If you worry about the disruptions in your daily routine, spare a thought for the lady’s who is going through it all- you aren’t even experiencing half of what she is going through!

You can help by understanding her when she is one of her elements. Tell yourself that the phase will pass and the person that you fell in love with will soon be with you.

Get as much information as you can about the birth process. It should help you from being overwhelmed during delivery. Reach out to other dads-to-be and share your fears and anxieties with them.

Help your wife put together your ‘nest’ by shopping for baby gear. You can also help by preparing extra meals to store in the fridge.

Connect with your baby while she’s in the womb – sing a song to her, read a poem, or simply tell her that you can’t wait to meet her. It is sheer joy to find the baby responding to your voice.

What If You Go Into Labor At 36 Weeks Pregnancy:

Relax, because, in most cases, your baby would be fine. In fact, 36 weeks is the miracle mark that your doctor would want you to get to if yours is a high-risk pregnancy. By 36 weeks, your baby’s lungs would be fully developed, but if they’re not, she may need a ventilator. Even if she doesn’t need one, the doctors may advise extra monitoring. It includes looking for signs if the baby is healthy, checking her blood pressure, oxygen levels, etc. They may extend your stay in the hospital by a day or two to avoid complications.

So how was your experience at week 36 pregnancy? Share your experiences with other moms-to-be here. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

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