Your guide to being 36 weeks pregnant
Almost there… how are you feeling now you’re 36 weeks pregnant?
Laying down fat is still the name of the game at the moment, and she’s still gaining about 25g (an ounce) a day. This may start to slow down slightly, though. Most of her bones are still soft, to allow for an easier journey through the birth canal.
They will harden up over the first few years of life. Her circulation is fully developed and her immune system is mature enough to protect her from infections outside the womb. By the end of this week your baby will be considered full term!
What’s happening to you
Your baby may have begun to drop now – with the result that the pressure on your lungs and stomach relaxes and breathing and eating is easier. If you’ve suffered from heartburn, that may ease up too. The flip side of this is that you will probably have no choice but to adopt a waddle now!
Your midwife will check your baby’s position and may also examine you to see whether your cervix has dilated and thinned (effaced) out. If your baby is showing signs of being breech – feet or bottom first – then she will discuss your options with you. However there’s still plenty of time for your baby to turn.
Everyday tasks and any difficulty sleeping at night can all add up to a general feeling of exhaustion. Try to take things as easy as possible. You should continue to eat well even if you feel like you may burst! A good diet will help keep your energy stores high and you should also continue with your pregnancy vitamin supplement.
When to check it out
Feeling washed out is normal, but if it’s accompanied by a shortness of breath, feeling faint or actually fainting, palpitations and a loss of appetite and/or paleness, you may be deficient in iron (anaemic).
A blood test at your 28 – week appointment will have screened for this, however anaemia can develop at any time. You’re more at risk in pregnancy because the increase in your blood volume can result in a reduced concentration of haemoglobin (the red pigment in your blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen around the body). Iron is vital for the production of haemoglobin. Anaemia in late pregnancy can be a threat to your health and that of your developing baby. So if you are anaemic your midwife can prescribe iron supplements.
‘To do’ this week
Consider a Group B Strep (GBS) test.It’s recommended you are screened for it at 37 weeks. GBS is a bacterium that’s usually harmless and is carried by a third of all adults at any one time. But if it’s present in a woman’s birth canal at the time of birth there’s the risk it can be transferred to her newborn during labour.
Wow! Did you know…
In addition to laying down fat everywhere else, your baby’s little cheeks are getting chubbier now. Bet you can’t wait to see them!