Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Week 36
This is a fabulous time of your pregnancy! You have finally made it to the last stage. Congratulations! Your baby will be born anytime now. Did you know most births take place between weeks 37 and 40? This is an exciting yet anxious period of your life. Make sure you meet a health care provider every week to ensure everything is moving along just fine. During this time women should undergo screening for Group B Streptococcus. This is a kid of bacteria found usually in healthy women. However, if passed to the baby during birth can lead to many serious lung infections. The screening will detect the bacteria and prevent these infections in the baby.
The baby is growing cuter and is the size of a honeydew melon! Your little one measures 17.2- to 18.7-inch and weighs 4.2- to 5.8-pound. The baby gets closer to being able to breathe on her own. The skin is getting smooth and soft and the gums are rigid. Liver and kidneys are also in working order. Baby now has strong circulation and immune systems.
You have just four weeks to go. You are confused about Braxton Hicks contractions and mistake it to the onset of labour. This is common because there are some strong similarities between Braxton Hicks and early labour pains. You might notice a brownish, or blood-tinged discharge from your vagina.
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 36
You are relieved from ability to breathe. The baby might soon descend into your pelvis, give your lungs some extra space. The pelvic discomfort is there to trouble you. You will have difficulty sleeping. Other significant symptoms include heartburn and ankle-and-foot swelling.
Most of the weight gain has taken place now. The 62 per cent of the total weight gain is water. 30 per cent is fat and about 8 per cent is protein. You need to take care of having balanced diet. Divide your meals into smaller portions and spread it through the day.
You can calm yourself down via listening to your favourite CDs or tapes. Also take them to the hospital. Continue relaxing and resting through the night. Most women opt to use some kind of pain relief during labour. Make sure you gather emotional support from your partner during this time.