By the end of the 36th week, the enlarged fetus occupies almost the whole abdominal cavity. The abdominal muscles support much of its weight, and major organs such as the heart, the kidneys, intestines and liver are pushed to the back of the abdomen to create maximum space for the fetus. Eating may result to discomfort of the mother. Breathing difficulties may also reappear at this point. This article provides an overview on the fetal development, maternal changes, signs and symptoms and some interesting facts about the 36th week of pregnancy.
Did you know that the male partner may also experience symptoms associated to pregnancy. For example weight gain, nausea and abdominal pains. This is described as asymptomatic pregnancy. This strengthens the bond between the baby and the father. The bond between the father and the mother is also strengthened because the father now understands a little of what the mother goes through.
Height: 18.66 inches, 47.4 cm
Weight: 5.78 pounds, 2622 grams
What Happens to the Baby?
The baby at this point is gaining less than an ounce a day. It barely makes any movement as it is constricted by the abdominal muscles. Doctors and mothers can now also clearly identify the probable position of the baby upon delivery. If the baby is in breech position (facing an upright position), your healthcare provider may perform an External Cephalic Version procedure where the doctor tries to make the fetus move by pushing your tummy using their hands and being guided by an ultrasound. This is to aim reversing the position of the baby. If the baby is positioned breech, cesarean section is performed.
What Happens to the Mother?
Prenatal visits should take place once a week from now henceforth to monitor the baby’s position. The doctor will check your overall health status and readiness to deliver the baby soon, as well as the general wellbeing of the fetus. Meanwhile, some of the pregnancy symptoms at this stage are:
- The mother may feel like the baby is falling especially when they are standing. That is why they tend to lean back and support their back using their hands.
- Colostrum (the first milk from the mother that is very nutritious) will begin to flow.
- Reduce of fetal activity. This is because the fetus does not have enough space to stretch. However little movements will be felt as the baby is heading lower into the abdomen.
- Indigestion. As mentioned above, intestines are pushed at the back of the abdomen hence little space is left to accommodate food.
- More frequent urination. As the weeks go by, the baby grows deeper into the abdomen which increases the pressure put on the bladder.
- Vaginal discharge. Especially after an examination or sex, thick red or brownish discharge may appear. This simply means that the sensitive cervical muscle has been damaged but it shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.
Helpful Tips for Pregnant Mothers at 36th Week
- The breast may begin to leak as colostrum is produced. This is quite normal. To manage leaking breasts, get a pair of nursing bras and breast pads to absorb any milk that seeps, and keep the breasts comfortable from soreness.
- The best method to curb indigestion is eating small amounts of food after few hours to enable little food to pass through the stomach. Avoiding spicy and fatty foods may also remedy indigestion.
- If the baby is in breech position, may want to discuss the best delivery method you will use. A c-section is most likely to be an option at this point. You should thoroughly exhaust any questions you may have in mind.
Additional Section: How to Boost Baby’s Intelligence While in the Womb?
Intelligence is mostly determined by the rate of growth of cells in the brain. Scientific research proves that foods rich in vitamin A, B and E indeed help in brain cellular development. Hence, mothers who richly consume these foods are likely to boost the chance of having more intelligent baby. A healthy fetus is made up by their mothers eating a balanced diet. A good nervous system on a fetus can also enhance good recessive skills hence making the child a fast learner. Exercise too will come in handy as the baby is able to interact with the outside world and gains a connection with it at an early stage making him/her intelligent. Activities such as swimming, walking and reading books loudly are activities that boost baby’s intelligence while in the womb.