36 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know

336 Weeks Pregnant - Everything You Need To Know

36 Weeks Pregnant – Baby Position

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.

How many months is 36 weeks? 

You are in month 9, this is your final month of pregnancy. 

36 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know

Some women choose to work until close to their due date.

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.

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.

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36 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms

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 – Signs Of Labour

At the end of this week, your baby is considered early full term.

Most babies are born 2 weeks either side of their due date. Only 3-5% of babies are actually born on their due date!

Which means from here on out, you’ll be super keen to know if this ache or twinge is a sign of labour. 

Of course you’re ready to meet your baby but remember your baby might need these extra weeks to get prepared for life outside your womb.

Signs of labour can be subtle, until the real thing really kicks off.

Putting all your energy into focusing on when labour becomes frustrating and can lead to lots of disappointment. 

Try reading this article for tips about how to keep busy in your last month of pregnancy. 

36 Weeks Pregnant – Baby Position

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.

Ensure you are not slouching backwards as this discourages baby from getting their chin into a tucked in position. 

Hands and knees position can give your baby a little extra room to settle into a good position. 

36 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

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.

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Last Updated: February 12, 2019


Sam McCulloch enjoyed talking so much about birth she decided to become a birth educator and doula, supporting parents in making informed choices about their birth experience. In her spare time she writes novels. She is mother to three beautiful little humans.

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