Your baby is the size of a head of romaine lettuce 2.7kg and measures 48cm (head to heel)...
At this stage you are likely to feel jabs from the elbows and feet and complete body rolls as your baby changes position.
The downy hair that has been covering your baby’s skin until now is being shed and the waxy vernix, which has protected the skin, is also disappearing. These substances are swallowed by your baby in the amniotic fluid and result in the dark first bowel movement after birth called meconium.
After this week your baby will be considered term and should be waiting in the head-down birth position.
Only 3-4% of babies are in a breech position at term and your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of turning the baby and the best way for it to be born.
Small more frequent meals may be easier to manage as your stomach is being squashed by your growing baby. Hopefully, the heartburn has eased and your breathing is easier now that the baby has moved down into your pelvis.
If baby is engaged, you may feel extra pressure in the pelvic area. This could cause discomfort and walking might be uncomfortable for you.
Braxton Hicks contractions are more frequent now in preparation for the real thing.
At 36 weeks pregnant these last few weeks should be a straightforward waiting game, but if you experience any vaginal bleeding or if you think that the amniotic fluid is leaking you must seek medical help. Other warning signs to be aware of include constant abdominal pain, persistent or severe headache and blurred vision.
Things for you to consider during week 36 of your pregnancy:
What to expect at week 37 of your pregnancy...