36 Weeks Pregnant

36 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My growing baby is now a foot and half measuring somewhere between 16 and 19 inches long and weighing between 5 ¾ to 6 ¾ pounds.*

36 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

The languo, which is the fine soft hair covering my baby, and the vernix caseosa, which is the thick creamy substance covering the skin are both disappearing.   My baby will swallow these along with amniotic fluid which will collectively become meconium which is my baby’s first bowel movement.  My baby has probably turned and is now in the head down position getting ready for delivery.  The healthcare provider will discuss options if my baby has not turned.

36 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

You probably feel like you are ready to give birth and can’t imagine your baby getting any bigger.  It is hard to believe that you will have a whole month after this week – the good news is that it is the last month and for all practical purposes your body is ready to give birth.  Your Braxton Hicks contractions may increase or get more intense.  Although this is annoying and certainly false labor, it does help you get prepared for what to experience at the hospital or birth center.

36 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

Your healthcare provider is going to provide the following screens and discuss the following topics with you during this next prenatal care visit:

  • Cervical cultures- specifically Group B Strep
  • Discussion of External Cephalic Version (ECV) if your baby is in a breech presentation
  • Cesarean or VBAC

If you have not already, it is now time to pack for the hospital or birth center.  There may be some things that you want with you before you leave, but you should be able to get most of your bag ready.  It is also helpful to make note of the things you want to take which are not in the bag.  It never hurts to talk to others who have already gone through the process but here are some good suggestions:

Essentials for Mom

  • Health insurance card
  • Breast pads- You will need these whether or not you are breastfeeding since they stop leaks by absorbing milk.
  • Going-home outfit- Choose one that fit when you were 6 months pregnant.
  • Sanitary pads- Many women feel more comfortable when they bring their favorite brand with them; just make sure it is designed for a heavier flow.

Essentials for Baby

  • Infant car seat and infant head support- You will not be allowed to leave the hospital without one; include the instructions.
  • Going-home outfit
  • Newborn diapers

36 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

As your breasts have grown and prepared for breastfeeding, they may be more sensitive and even painful.  If this is the case, it may prove helpful to wear a nursing bra to bed and provide some additional support and comfort as you try and sleep.

36 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

She has her bag packed or is getting it ready now.  It is also a good time for you to get your bag ready too.  Although you will be free to come home and get things that you forgot; it is nice to be prepared as you can.  Sit down and make a list of things you want and need to take.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Change of clothes
  • House shoes
  • Pajamas if spending the night
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving and deodorant
  • Bathing suit if having a water birth
  • A watch with a second hand
  • Camera and video camera
  • Back up batteries and chargers for cameras, cell phones, etc.
  • Cell Phone
  • Reading material
Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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