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36 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 36 weeks pregnant:
  1. Changes in your baby’s movement.
  2. Still needing to pee. All the time.
  3. Increased vaginal discharge.
  4. Your walk turning into a waddle.
  5. You won’t be putting on any more weight (at last!)
How your life will change this week:
You are getting close to your due date now – how are you feeling? By the end of this week your pregnancy will be full term and you may give birth any day. Congratulations!

As your baby presses downwards you may feel like you need to pee all the time. Walking may become more difficult as your body prepares itself to give birth and the joints in your pelvic area loosen. It might make you waddle a bit now, but it will help when your big baby is trying to squeeze out of a small space. Your vaginal discharge may be increasing and getting thicker, and your breasts might also be a bit leaky. All of this is to be expected. The good news is that you won’t be putting on much more weight, and you’re about to lose a whole lot of it – when your baby is born!

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is really running out of space now and is less able to move. You’ll be kicked less, but you’ll still be able to feel them squirming. Your baby is very nearly ready to breathe alone. Their kidneys and liver are fully functional and the digestive system is ready to get started when they are first fed milk. You are passing antibodies to your baby through the placenta to strengthen their immune system, and these will continue to be passed to your baby through your breast milk.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Look back over any notes you have from the childbirth classes you went to.
  • If you haven’t already done so, finalise your maternity leave.
  • Enjoy some quiet time either alone or with your partner – it’s going to be in short supply in the next few months!
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
Spend some time cooking your favourite meals and freezing them in single portions. That way both you and your partner can have healthy meals that just need to be heated up, and you can each choose what you feel like eating.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says…
This article has been checked by Sister Pippa Hime, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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