Week 36 of Your Pregnancy

November 1, 2009

What is Happening Inside Your Body?

9 Month Fetus View in the WombThe top of your uterus now sits more than 5 ½ inches above your belly button. Your uterus may be up under your ribs now.

If you are feeling tired, get some extra rest, the next few weeks will be the last opportunities you will have to really rest once your baby is born.

If you are having pain, take extra time to take care of yourself. Get a pregnancy massage, try an acupuncture treatment, or have your partner help you with some pregnancy pain relief techniques. A warm (not hot) bath can help your body relax as can swimming or pregnancy yoga.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is 16 ½ to 20 ½ inches long and weighs about 6 pounds.

What Does a Fetus Look Like at 36 Weeks?  -  Video

A short video of a baby in the womb at week 36 using 4D ultrasound. Please note in this video is based on the fetus at about 34 to 35 weeks from conception.
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How is Your Baby Developing?

36 Week Fetus Artwork in the wombYour baby has almost filled out all of its previously wrinkly skin. Your baby has a small but round face, from both fat depositing and from its powerful sucking muscles.

Your baby’s movements will generally be slowing because there is less room to move around.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

You will want to start packing for the hospital and making sure that everything is prepared for when your labor begins.

Make sure you have your health insurance card, breast pads, sanitary pads (the hospital will provide some, but you may be more comfortable with your own), and clothing for you and your baby to wear going home. After the birth of your baby, plan on fitting in the size of clothes that your wore when you were six months pregnant.

Your baby will need a car seat, clothes, and newborn diapers after it is born.


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