36 Weeks Pregnant
You have finally entered your ninth month of pregnancy. Your baby is about the length of a head of romaine lettuce but weighs almost 6 pounds.
Congratulations! You’ve made it to your 9th month of pregnancy! What has been a long and arduous journey, will soon be coming to an end. Very soon now, you will be holding the efforts of your labor, literally, in your arms.
36 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is completely formed and almost fully developed. He or she has developed enough of an immune system to be protected from infections once born. During pregnancy, you are able to pass on to your baby through the placenta, disease-fighting antibodies.
Up until your baby is born, they rely on the umbilical cord for nutrition. While the digestive system is fully formed, it hasn’t yet been used. It will take almost a whole year for it to fully develop.
How You Are Changing
Even though you’re feeling pretty uncomfortable now days, try to enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy. Even if you plan on having more children, each pregnancy you’ll have is unique.
You may be eating smaller portions now. This is because your uterus is pushing on your stomach and you don;t have room for larger amounts of food
Something you may soon notice though, your baby may “drop” into your pelvis, also called lightening. This process can happen up to a few weeks before labor, while other women don’t experience it until labor starts. While it may mean less heartburn, it may apply more pressure your lower abdomen, which means more trips to the bathroom and an increasing uncomfortable feeling on your pelvic floor.
Have you noticed that your baby’s movements are slowing? Not to worry, the larger your baby gets the more cramped they are in your uterus. However, you should still feel your baby move at least 10 times a day. Be sure to contact your doctor or midwife if you are concerned or movements slow down considerably or seem to stop.
36 Weeks Pregnant Signs of Labor
Contractions are the true sign of labor. Unlike Braxton Hicks, real contractions are evenly spaced out, about 5 to 7 minutes apart.
Early labor contractions feel like heavy menstrual cramps or lower abdominal pressure. You may have pain in your lower abdomen or in your back. False labor contractions may feel like that too. But what you want to pay attention to, are contractions that are frequent, intense and regular.