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Pregnancy Week 36

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Your Baby's Development This Week

The baby is now about 18-19 inches long and around 6 pounds. However, every baby has their own growth rate, especially at this point in the pregnancy. The fuzzy lanugo and creamy substance vernix caseosa is disappearing at birth approaches. The vernix caseosa protected the baby from the amniotic fluid. Most babies are head-down at this point, but if yours still isn't, don't worry. There is time, and some babies like to wait til the last moment to get into position. The lungs are still developing. Gaining an average of an ounce daily, the baby is putting on weight and is even getting those adorable dimples around the knees and elbows.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 36

Pelvic pressure is becoming pronounced now, as the baby has descended down in preparation for birth. Also those pregnancy hormones have loosened up your joints, so the pained tired waddle of the very pregnant woman has likely become your new walk. To relieve the pain, try resting while elevating the hips, applying heat and taking warm baths. A massage would do wonders too! Besides pelvis pressure, you can expect more heartburn, legs cramps and back pain. The uterus is about 5 1/2 inches above the belly button now. Odd part of late pregnancy? Crazy dreams. Ask any pregnant woman and she'll probably one or two to share. These often express the stresses and fears about impending parenthood, or fears or anxieties about the labor or the unknowns ahead in life with baby. Write them down in your journal. Someday baby might enjoy hearing about them. While baby is considered full term at 37 weeks, it's most likely you'll have another month of pregnancy left. Every day that baby spends in your uterus is better, though you might argue otherwise! So what causes labor to start anyway? Some researchers think it may be that the baby's lungs secrete enzymes that cause prostaglandins to be released, which in turn ripen the cervix and get the uterus to contract.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Around 35-37 weeks, your physician will most likely do a screening for Group B Strep. This is a bacteria that is not uncommon in healthy women (between 15-40%) and can be found in vagina or rectum of pregnant women. While the bacteria doesn't necessarily get passed onto baby, it can be and can cause serious problems, so the screening is a good preventative course of action. The doctor swabs the vagina and rectum and the patient typically gets the results in one or two days. If the result of the culture is positive, the doctor will discuss if you are low or high risk group. High risks include rupture of membranes or labor prior to 37 weeks, fever during labor, previous GBS birth, a urinary infection during the pregnancy due to GBS. If you are in high risk category, you'll receive IV antibiotics during labor. Giving antibiotics prior to labor is pointless, since the bacteria can come back before labor and pose same risks to baby.

Preparing for Baby

It's a good idea to get the baby's diaper bag packed and ready for the hospital now. Include a couple coming home outfits. One might not fit as well as you thought, or baby could mess up the outfit before all the baby photos are taken, so pack an extra. Newborn diapers, several. While the hospital will have some for you, most likely, you'll want more in the bag just to be safe. Also needed for diaper changes, wipes and a changing pad. Using bottles? Have some washed and ready to go. Pacifier if you plan to introduce one. Blanket. Sweater or jacket-baby can't regulate temperature too well for a while yet. Spit up rags.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Got those scrapbooks or photo albums ready to go? How about a special memory book? Fill out the parts you can ahead of time, make sure you are ready to fill those books up. Good intentions can be overlooked in the draining days of new parenthood to come. Having things all ready and set will make the task seem less cumbersome later. Make sure the video camera is all set to go, and batteries all charged and ready.

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raynetta Apr 24, 2015 01:40:05 AM ET

I am 36 weeks pregnant and having my 2nd baby girl. i am happy at one point, but i am also scared and nervous. my foot pains me a lot.

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valini Apr 9, 2015 03:20:57 PM ET

I am 36 weeks pregnant and have a lot of pelvic pain and a cramp on my right leg. baby moves the whole day and whole night. is it normal to feel so much pelvic pain and leg cramp and have a swollen back?

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Wildflower 73 Feb 20, 2015 10:34:58 PM ET

I'm 36 weeks, and have been having a lot of pelvic pressure the last couple days. the ligament pain has been pretty bad too. i have 3 more weeks until my due date!!! this is my 7th pregnancy and this will be our 6th baby. our girls and boys are excited to meet their new brother. they want me to have him now, but i said he needs to grow some more. they are so cute!

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Mommy Keiko Feb 12, 2015 01:13:16 AM ET

I'm 35-36 weeks now. i've been feeling pelvic pains as if some of the early pregnancy symptoms are occurring again. i'm sad, but excited. i'm sad because i have to stay with my in-laws without our baby girl's dad since he has to work. i will have to wait until this weekend to cuddle and kiss him endless.. i'm excited because 5-4 weeks from now we will meet our very cute little girl. she is very lively at this stage of my pregnancy, and i'm experiencing more movements and pains as well. but, i'm very happy because i know she is healthy in that way i can feel her. good luck to us moms to be!

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ree Jan 25, 2015 04:18:58 PM ET

I'm 37 with my first pregnancy. i'm very nervous. i don't know what to expect. keeping my faith in god and praying everyday. i'm 35 weeks along.

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verateya Jan 1, 2015 11:46:05 PM ET

Hi mommies to be. i'm about to have my 7th child. my baby balls up a lot. i'm 36 weeks and it hurts bad. my last is 9 years old. are there any mommies experiencing the same thing?

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rachel Oct 26, 2014 12:09:40 PM ET

I'm so scared of the pain. i'm 36 weeks pregnant.

kim Nov 23, 2014 09:25:58 PM ET

I'm 36 weeks and 2 days with very much pain.

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gabby Oct 6, 2014 06:00:06 AM ET

I am also in week 36. i am so happy, and ready to meet him!

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JessicaRascon26 Aug 12, 2014 09:04:48 AM ET

I'm 36 weeks today and it's my third baby girl. i'm real excited, but nervous at the same time. i can't wait to meet my little angel!! :-)

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ayden mom Jul 12, 2014 01:05:42 PM ET

I'm 35 weeks and feeling heavy pressure and sharp pain in my back. does that mean he's coming soon?

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