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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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Camilla Jul 6, 2018 01:48:07 PM ET

I'm 36 weeks pregnant and I have back pain, heartburn, and abdomen pain. Please help me!

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Jane Jan 26, 2018 12:42:08 AM ET

I'm 36 weeks and my bf said my vagina is getting bigger.

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Lerato Matebele Dec 29, 2017 02:31:48 PM ET

I'm 38 years and expecting. 3 children, first son 10 years,princess 4 years and my last is a boy. I'm 36 weeks. My baby's movements are low. I'm feeling back pain,heart burn and tired all day. I can't wait to hold my little one in my arms.

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Keshia 86 Apr 8, 2017 10:14:47 PM ET

I'm 36 weeks pregnant and scared, and having a lot of pelvic pains. Help

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Grace Jan 18, 2017 07:59:35 AM ET

I'm 35 weeks and my back hurts, my pelvic area hurts. But other than that I'm excited, I can't wait to meet my baby. But I'm also going to miss my huge bump. I LOVE BEING PREGNANT. Every single day of this journey has been amazing. And I would definitely do it all over again!

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Ashleydavenport Sep 4, 2016 08:26:39 AM ET

I'm 36 weeks and 6 days and I'm having bad pelvic pain, my back hurts, my sides hurt, it hurts and feels sore under my breasts. I can't sleep at night. I have bad heartburn and I throw up in my mouth a little. Ewwwww. but, Ugh. Am I close to my labor?

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Jenn Aug 23, 2016 12:54:25 PM ET

I'm 36 weeks and I can relate to all of your symptoms. I have horrible pelvic pain and waddling is my new walk. I prefer to stay in bed or sit because it is worst when I walk. I'm excited to meet my princess. Good luck to all!!

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Emma Aug 17, 2016 07:05:03 PM ET

I am 36 weeks today and this is my 3rd little girl. I have a fairly big age gap of 14 years between my youngest to this one. I feel like crap, my legs hurt, my belly hurts, everything aches!

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raynetta Apr 24, 2015 05:40:05 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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lizelle Apr 13, 2015 06:16:58 AM ET

I'm 36 weeks and feel excited for my baby. It's my third child, but at the same time, I feel lonely, because my husband doesn't spend time with me. He's always too tired for me. I'm SAD AND LONELY.

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