36 Weeks Pregnant

36 weeks pregnant and almost there. You are now at the stage where you're classed as being 'full term pregnant'. If your baby was born now, he'd have a great chance of surviving unaided, outside of your womb.

Although it may not feel like it, there are still a few developments underway, between your baby and your body, in readiness for his birth - sometime during the next few weeks. It's also a time when many women start feeling as though they're nothing but tired and uncomfortable.

That's perfectly natural and considering the size of a 36 weeks pregnant belly - there's no wonder your back is feeling the strain, not to mention your joints and in many ways ... your spirit!

At 36 weeks pregnant - if you're wondering what to expect - you've got maybe four or five weeks to go and you're probably feeling pretty crappy! Let’s be honest – with the extra weight and a baby that feels as though he’s about to burst out any moment – you’ll not be feeling as though you’ve a spring in your step.

I know the last few weeks can be tough and I remember pretty much how I felt with all of my pregnancies - and apart from feeling like cleaning the house from top to bottom, I was plain fed up by this stage.

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It’s likely that your joints are aching because your pelvic area has softened in preparation for the birth of your baby, plus you will be carry so high now that getting up from a laying or seated position feels like a lot of effort.

If you sit straight up your ribs sit on your womb (and baby) and it’s pretty uncomfortable. You may be experiencing a new bout with heartburn because of the size of your baby, coupled with the fact that his movements can unsettle the acids in your stomach.

If you’re having more and more Braxton Hicks – be sure to pay a little attention. For the main, they will simply be Braxton Hicks but there’s always the off chance that they’re not. At 36 weeks pregnant, it’s unlikely that you’ll go into labor early but it’s not unheard of either. I actually went into labor at 32 weeks pregnant with one of mine and I honestly thought it was practice contractions.

After a trip to the hospital and an overnight stay, I was fine and went onto to deliver, no problems, at 39 weeks. If you bear in mind the signs of labor and all appears well, you’ll no doubt be fine. Another thing to make sure of is that you continue to rest as and when you can. If you haven’t already done so, consider investing in a good quality maternity pillow and try to put your feet up regularly.

Hopefully, in the next few weeks your baby will ‘drop’ into your cervix and you should feel a measure of relief. You’ll be able to breath easier due to a lack of pressure on your lungs and upper rib cage though the down side is feeling as though you have a lot of pressure in and around your vaginal canal. It can certainly make walking a little more difficult but the upside is – you’ve not many more weeks of being pregnant to go!

 

Fetal Development

36 Weeks Gestation

At 36 weeks gestation, your baby is around 13 to 15 inches in length and may well weigh around six pounds. By the time you've reached your 37th week pf pregnancy your baby will be considered the same as a baby born at 40 weeks - a full term baby. His brain will continue to develop at a rapid rate and he'll spend some of his time swallowing then excreting amniotic fluid.

He will be able to suck, blink and move his limbs with some considerable force. He will have lost almost all of the waxy vernix that protects his skin whilst he's in the - and the same will be happening to the downy hair that covered his body prior to his developing enough fat to keep him warm.

36 Weeks Pregnant - In General

 

Although it will feel as though being 36 weeks pregnant is like walking uphill with glue stuck to the soles of your shoes - it really will be all over in a few more weeks. You will no doubt be feeling more anxious about the impending labor and delivery process but as long as you remember that you will have experts in attendance, have a partner, loved one or friend with you every step of the way - you will be fine.

Try to relax, lose some of the anxiety and think positive - as heavy and cumbersome, anxious or lacking sleep as you may be right now - the best bit really is giving birth and meeting your new baby for the first time. Almost there!

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17 comments

Pacal Votan 7 years ago

Frog - I really can't express in words how much I respect and love women for what they have to go through during pregnancy! For most man I think it's really unthinkable.

I don't know what someone who is not there yet might think when she reads this hub. Not very pretty prospects for the last couple of weeks.


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Pacal - I know it seems a tough job (and it is) but it's also beautiful. I can't explain it - it really is a wonderful experience, even when we're tired, fed up or struggling to get around.

I wouldn't change anything about my experiences and to be honest, I was rubbish at being pregnant - in and out of hospital, early labors, labors that were a world away from 'text book' - I still loved it :)

And so do most other women. The pain and effort pale into insignificance when you consider the reward at the end, honest!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

On the home stretch Frogdropping!! This is a great series you're doing!! Can't wait for the labor pains to start!!1


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

19 hubs all about pregnancy. Wow! If I ever do get pregnant froggy, I'll read and re-read all your hubs and email you if I have any questions =).


Pacal Votan 7 years ago

I believe you, frog. No question. Looking at the eyes of some women when they watch others' children running around tells the whole story beautifully. I think at some point of their life every woman wants to have a baby. :)


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Candie - I'll be giving birth (finally) sometime soon. I can wait for the labor pains but I know I'll have to work a little harder to finish the series - plus accompanying hubs :)

Emie - that many? I hadn't counted. There's more to come :) And ask away. I liked it that much I kept doing it ...

Pacal - You have such a profound way of looking at life. That's beautiful in itself :)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Hey froggy, didn't you make this part of the capstone program? You're already past the 15 required hubs =).

Seriously, good luck on the birth of your child =).


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

emie - no I didn't. It was all accidental. I had no plans for this series - I wrote the first one and the rest just followed on. It's too late to make it into a Capstone series now. Would have been a great Capstone series :)

And thanks - I'm in early labor now I thiknk ;)


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I'm practicing breathing with you!! Hoo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoo. I never got to 'enjoy' that part of the whole delivery thing, so if I make a mistake and giggle, forgive me, I mean no offense... plus I've heard heads get ripped off bodies by women who are in the company of a 'giggler'.. so I shall breathe from waaaaay-oooooooverrrrr-herrrrrrree!


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keira7 7 years ago

Hello Frogdropping. I haven't had time to make a new hub yet but i've got a few ideas. I enjoyed reading your hub about pregnancy. It brought back a lot of great memories for me. Thank you. Take care. God bless.


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simranp 7 years ago from Kathmandu,Nepal

Good hub.well elaborated and beautifully put together.


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Candie - I don't know that at the time I actually loved the labor ... but it was a hell of a ride and sooooo worth it all when my babies were put in my arms. Wow! What a moment! And I never ripped heads off. I was quite good. I behaved and just withdrew - hoping and hoping that it would soon be over :)

keira - hey! No worries, when you find the time, no rush! And baby stories never leave us. That's what's great. Unfortunately babies grow up and start asking you for money!

sim - thankyou very much :)


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Heck I was in labor for 27 hours.. but since he never dropped, it was never truly uncomfortable. I did the hot tubs about 5 times (water never broke) and walked the halls with my mom.. stopping every 3 min to say "Oh, pain pain pain" and walking some more. Never really bad..


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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

I had a different labor everytime. One really quick one, another was longggggggggg. My daughter was pretty average, apart from the fact that she was HUGE next to her brothers. I even tried an assortment of different pain relief - usually NONE (not recommended!) and with one I had an epidural (recommended!). In fact I tried just about everything - with the exception of an emergency caesarian - came close with my last one but thankfully she got with the program and appeared of her own accord :)


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Mine was an emergency c-section.. the doctor was incredible. Made the difference between peace and panic for me. She wasn't a warm fuzzy doctor. Ex military, tough as nails and boy when she spoke (never loud) the nurses responded in perfect sync. Couldn't have been in safer, wiser hands. Now, you're counting this down and I'm in it all the way!


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frogdropping 6 years ago Author

I never had one - and I know they're not pleasant. Labor and THEN a c-section uffff! And I bet you were suited with your midwife by the sound of it candie. I had one rotten one, with my first. She went off duty by the time my son was born, which was a blessing - the new midwife was an angel :)


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mojefballa 5 years ago from Nigeria

An excellent piece of lecture you actually shared in here which i enjoyed reading and learning from.Thanks for sharing this article.

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