36 Weeks? Where has the time gone?
The last week has been a bit of a struggle with my pelvis, I am in agony most of the time, especially when I am trying to move around in bed, I don’t know if this is due to baby being in my pelvis area, but I never felt like this with my son. It feels just like the baby is going to fall out of me! Strange.
About baby this week:
Your baby is still gaining weight – about 28g a day. He weighs nearly 2.7kg and is about 47cm long from head to toe. You may begin to feel an increased pressure in your lower belly and notice that your baby is gradually dropping. This is called lightening or engagement, and your lungs and stomach will finally get a chance to stretch out a little – breathing and eating should become easier.
However, walking may become increasingly uncomfortable. Some women say it feels as if their baby is going to fall out. Also, you may still feel as if you need to go to the loo all the time.
The good news is that by the end of this week, your pregnancy will be full-term and you could give birth any day. Babies between 37 weeks and 42 weeks are considered full-term. A baby born before 37 weeks is premature and after 42 weeks is post-term.
Your may have noticed that your breasts are leaking a little. This is quite normal. They are producing the rich, first milk called colostrum that will give your baby a great start in life. If you feel like you’re going into labour, your doctor or midwife will check to see if the neck of your womb (cervix) is starting to open. They’ll look to see if your cervix is dilating, or widening, and effacing, or thinning.
Your midwife will be keeping an eye on what position your baby is in, to estimate how far your baby has dropped into your pelvis. This information will be entered into your maternity notes so that your midwife will know the position of your baby when you go into labour.