You are 36 weeks pregnant!
This is your last month of pregnancy.
If you haven’t already started maternity leave, it’s wise to make sure you’re prepared for the unexpected.
Make sure each day when you leave work, you’ve left things organised in case you don’t come back the next day.
If you are able to, take maternity leave sooner than later.
This gives you time to rest and finalise any last minute details before birth.
Some women choose to work until close to their due date.
36 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
However, before they know it, they are in labour without having rested.
This lands them straight into the demands of being a new mother, which is especially exhausting at first.
Keep this in mind when you’re working out if staying at work until closer to your due date is the best plan for you.
In these last weeks before parenthood make time to spend with your partner.
The longer you wait for that last date night, the less likely it will be to actually happen.
A relaxing evening out or in is just what you might need right now.
It’s also a good idea to go over your birth plan together.
This will ensure both you and your partner are aligned with what you want from your birth experience.
It gives you the opportunity to discuss if you’re both comfortable with the plan and preferences you’ve decided on.
It can help to talk about ‘what ifs’ and work out how to handle them.
Let your partner talk through any fears or concerns he might have.
When you’re on the same page, you’re much more connected and your partner will be in a better place to advocate for your wishes.
Don’t have a birth plan or not sure if it’s worth having one?
Take a look at our article on birth plans which includes a free downloadable template in a word document.
Review information from your birthing class, such as breathing techniques, to ensure you’re ready for labour.
36 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
At 36 weeks pregnant you may be experiencing the famous pregnancy waddle.
This happens thanks to your ligaments softening to make it easier for baby to be born.
You may also be finding walking quite uncomfortable or even painful now, thanks to pelvic pain.
If your baby has started to engage or has ‘dropped’ into your pelvis this can make walking even more of a challenge.
Usually first babies engage sooner than subsequent babies.
You might feel like you have a bowling ball between your legs.
The good side to baby dropping is you can breathe a little easier.
And you’re likely to be able to enjoy a proper meal as your stomach isn’t as squashed.
But it might be best to stick to smaller meals to combat constipation.
This can become a problem again, so plenty of fluids and avoid straining on the toilet.
Haemorrhoids aren’t fun and can become worse if you strain too hard during bowel movements.
You will most likely start seeing your birth care provider weekly from now on.
These antenatal check ups are to keep track of your health as much as your baby’s wellbeing.
Sleep is still not very restful and you might find your Braxton Hicks contractions have ramped up a notch.
Everything is getting ready for the big day.
36 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
Your baby will be considered early full term if she is born at the end of this week.
By now your baby should have assumed a head down position.
If not, your midwife or doctor will discus options for getting your baby into the best position for birth.
Your baby’s body systems are pretty much ready for life in the outside world.
All except her digestive system, which will take a few years after birth to mature.
Inside her bowel, meconium has built up and will be passed after birth as her first poo.
Sometimes babies can pass this substance in utero and if your waters break, the amniotic fluid can appear a green colour.
If this happens, contact your care provider immediately as it can be a sign baby is distressed. Find out more about meconium.
Your baby’s bones and cartilage are still soft. This makes for an easier transition for birth, allowing baby to move, turn and wriggle down.
The primary bones in baby’s head are separated, creating that soft spot you’ve heard so much about.
This allows her skull to mould and fit through the birth canal.
Your baby’s weight may be as high as 3kg and she is about 47 cm long, and is roughly the size of a large cos lettuce.