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You are 36 weeks pregnant.

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By this week of pregnancy your baby's crown-to-rump length reaches about 13.5 inches and the total length is approximately 20.7 inches. Your baby weighs about 6 pounds now. The top of your uterus has moved further up under your ribs and is about 5.5 inches above your bellybutton. Your uterus has grown a lot in the past few weeks as your baby has gained weight. You may have gained about 30 pounds by now and it is common for your weight to stay about the same from this point onwards.

Almost full-grown baby at about 36 weeks pregnancy Because the top of the uterus is high as it will be, breathing may be getting very uncomfortable at times. You might notice jabbing pains from your baby's kicks. However, within the next few weeks, your baby will drop into the birth canal and this will make breathing easier again. Most doctors like to see their patients weekly from now on to check for labor progression. Your prenatal classes are probably coming to an end and you should have already made a birth plan and discussed available options for pain control during pregnancy.

Your baby's face has filled out significantly and looks smooth and plump. Because your baby has powerful sucking muscles and has had layers of fat forming for quite some time now, the cheeks have filled out like a newborn's. Your baby's skull is firm, but not hard. Every baby's head has the ability to give slightly so that there is room for her to fit down the birth canal during delivery. Some babies are born with cone shaped heads from the pressure of delivery, but this will go away after delivery. The amount of amniotic fluid is at its maximum amount now and your baby may not be moving as much as she had been. As long as you still feel her movements every day, there should be no cause for concern.

The placenta is now one-sixth of the fetal weight.

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bonitadiane - 16.1 hours ago
36 weeks. Eeeekkkkkk. Almost there!!

glowingwith2 - 2 days ago
Good Luck LJ06, Keep us posted on your delivery status!!!

LJ06 - 4 days ago
Baby has been diagnosed with growth restriction and oligohydraminos (low fluid) I am going in Monday morning to be induced. I am already 1cm or more dilated and 50% or more thinned and he is sitting VERY low, lower than +2, so they just plan to break my water. I hope it goes for me like it did for you, mummatobe!! Thank you for your feedback, ladies :)

glowingwith2 - 5 days ago
LJ, I was induced with my first. I had a pitocin drip at 36+3 because the gel and strip didn't work for me. I hear being induced is more painful, but either way I would get an epidural again. If you feel you want to keep the baby in, try drinking lots of water. My fluid levels went up a lot between the two appointments. Keep us posted!! I will be thinking of you.

mummatobe - 5 days ago
LJ06 I was induced at 38 weeks with my first due to Cholestasis. It all went really quickly andcwas over 3 1/2 hours after they broke my waters. I didn't even need the pitocin drip, just the gel to help me dilate enough to break my waters. It didnt feel like an induction to me, and though I felt guily for bringing him out early, if its the safest thing to do you have to trust the doctors! Good luck!

LJ06 - 5 days ago
Has anyone had experience with being induced early? They want to induce me on Monday due to baby being less than 5% for size and amniotic fluid levels being borderline. I would be 37 weeks.

glowingwith2 - 5 days ago
LJ, My fluid levels went up from 36w to 37w, but was still showing I was measuring a week behind. I woke up in the middle of the night with this incredible feeling that the baby's head was wedge between my legs. This morning, I still feel that way! I hope this means he is starting to plan his exit! I was reading you don't really 'drop' with your second baby, so I dont know why I would feel this way all of the sudden.

LJ06 - 6 days ago
glowing were you measuring behind because of fluid levels? I have had three ultrasounds so far to check and it's been normal but I have another one tomorrow. Just drinking more water got your levels up? This is my fourth baby and I never measured behind with the others...

snooks - 6 days ago
I can barely stay awake today. :( Well...if my water breaks at 38w4d like both my other two, I only have 14 days left! I sure hope this one is in that week.

blondeabby - 6 days ago
No plug yet...lots of discharge though:( yuck I am measuring 44 now. I am 36 weeks 4 days. I have been having lots of contractions but nothing regular:(

glowingwith2 - 6 days ago
Thank you ladies! LJ, I am also measuring week behind. Okynot, my doctor acted like he would induce me if I wanted... its a tough decision. As much as I want to go natural, it would be nice to plan an induction. I was induced last time and it was over fast. -- Has anyone started losing their plug yet? I've been losing mine in little pieces, but nothing big yet. I think because I'm not dilated. IDK though.

LJ06 - 6 days ago
Hi everyone! I have been following along but haven't commented for awhile :) So glad your fluid levels went up, glowing! My little guy is sitting very low and has been measuring behind since 30 weeks, three ultrasounds later just seem to show he's small but normal. He was at +2 lat week and is now 1/4 inch past that...I have labors that are 2 hours or less so here's hoping I make it to the hospital on time!!

okynot - 6 days ago
I have not logged on here in a long time but I thought I would check on you girls. I have an induction scheduled for October 15th. Everything is looking good so far but I would really like to go into labor on my own this time. I have had NINE inductions and I am 99% sure this is my last baby so I would like to experience it on my own. I am high risk though so it comes to a point when the doctor feels like she is safer out than in I will do what I need to do to keep her safe! I am glad to see things are going well for you girls!

afshanm07 - 7 days ago
Week 36 packed up things gained up to 190 lbs omg. Good news feom glowingwith2. Stay put girl. Good tired my self from peeing alot. The only thing worrying me is that the 2 fibriods that were inside of the utarus.

blondeabby - 7 days ago
Glowing-so glad he is staying put. That is amazing about your water!

glowingwith2 - 8 days ago
Well everything went great! Chugging all of the water I could helped dramatically. I went from 6cm of fluid to 9cm. Movements are looking great. My cervix is still soft and 20% effaced.... but still not dilated at all. I love my new doctor! I'm so happy I switched. He actually asks me lots of questions and is very attentive. My other doctor would breeze in and out so quickly, talking fast and I would miss half the stuff he would say. I go back in another week for Ultrasound, NST, and doctor visit.

blondeabby - 9 days ago
Good luck tomorrow Glowing:) I think I am feeling terrible for the both of us:( And Hubby keeps talking about having one more! Ugggg:(

glowingwith2 - 9 days ago
Well tomorrow is my last day in 36 weeks. I am almost considered full term, and I'm also the most pregnant I have ever been. Still feeling pretty good for the most part, I'm just not sleeping much these days. I wake up some time between 12am and 2am, then have trouble going back to sleep. I usually lay there awake for an hour or two.... it's awful! I go back tomorrow for another Ultrasound, NST, and Doctor visit to see if my fluid levels have continued to decline. Secretly hoping they have so I can meet this little guy already! I would be ok if not. I'm not feeling too terribly uncomfortable yet...

morenazaChihuahuense - 17 days ago
Mama good luck on your party!!! And hope lo stays tight in there till all the guests leave!! Lol.... im waiting for this thrusday appt and see if I have dilated more....but hoping baby stays put til sat night as its my sisters bday and its a 2h drive from where I live...we are planning on coming right back at end of the day!!

mammaramirez - 19 days ago
Had my 36 week apt today. Had to have the group b step test done and she ended up doing a pelvic exam as well.... I'm 1 cm dialated, he's minus 3 and I'm still thick..... guess we will see if anything changes at my next apt next Friday. I'm sure all the cleaning and the Braxton hicks and him pushing down is causing me to dialate. Oh well... as long as he can hang in there until after September 27th I'm perfectly ok... my son's 4th birthday party is on Sept 27th... I purposely planned it a week ahead of his actual birthday because I'm due Oct 7th and I didn't want to push my luck... looks like I'm pushing my luck regardless

morenazaChihuahuense - 21 days ago
Hi mamas...hope you guys doing great.... here I am ...I fell today at my grandmas apointment and was rushed to hospital as a gush of fluid cane out...thank God it was not amniotic fluid.... with the news that I dilated 1cm more since last week when it took me by surprise at my 35w5d appt that I was at 3cm :-/ ..... baby is doing fine but my coccyx is sore as it can be...I can barely walk/stand!! Have docs appt tomorrow and my regular nst.. ready to have baby soon!!

leanbean - 22 days ago
MAMAR~ Good luck with your sons birthday and everything on your to do list! I'm slowly but surely marking things off. I just have my living room, windows and carpets left to deep clean :) Lets just hope we can find the energy somewhere to finish up!

mammaramirez - 22 days ago
Week 36 here we are!!!! Still have so much to do and losing so much time and energy to be able to do it! Still have to buy clothes for this little guy, I need to deep clean my house. I've got my soon to be 4 year old's birthday party to prep for... I have to order the cake, get his bday gift, put together goody bags..... do his pictures, find him a big brother gift for when baby gets here. my brother inlaw hinted that his birthday his coming up (meaning he wants to throw a barbeque at our house....) I told him we will not be having any parties and/or get togethers at my house for a long time since no one ever helps clean up afterwards and I need this house ready for a newborn.

LoriandRichie - 24 days ago
Mom and leanbean- thank you both for the info. It makes me feel better.

MOMIIB - 25 days ago
Lori please dont put much stock Into what they say abt size....sonograms are NOT accurate this late in the game. They just told my friend her Boy was gonna be 8+lbs and he was 6lb9oz!!!!! I am measuring ahead too, 41wks when I am 37. Ob isny too concerned bc I have measured 3wks ahead since 20ish wks. With my first I measured 6wks ahead and we induced at 38 wks bc they thought he was gonna be 10lbs but he was 8lb 2oz. Good luck!!!!

leanbean - 28 days ago
LORI~ If it gives you any hope, with my 3rd they told me he was projected to be 13 lbs. at birth. He was 7 lbs. 10 oz! Good luck with everything and keep us updated. MOMII~ Yay for the new home. Good luck with moving. Hope you have lots of help and you feel nice and settled just in time to meet your little one.

LoriandRichie - 28 days ago
Mom-congrats on your new home!! And maternity leave! My last day of work is 9/12

LoriandRichie - 28 days ago
I had ob appt and my dr is concerned about baby's size. She thinks she weighs 81/2-9 lbs now and I still have 25 days to go. So I have to get an ultrasound next week to confirm her weight If she's correct they're going to induce me :( I'm measuring at 40 weeks. But I've only gained 8 lbs so far.

MOMIIB - 28 days ago
Today was my last day of work. Excited, sad, nervous, ect. Wish we got paid maternity here but oh well. Time to finish getting everything in order and *finally* move into our new house. Really want to enjoy these last few weeks or days of what will probably be our last baby! 37weeks tomorrow and ob Friday for another cervical ck, ekkkk! :-)

leanbean - 28 days ago
Getting so excited! I can't believe how close we are. This is my last baby and I'm trying to remind myself to enjoy these last few weeks :)MOMII~ Head size is all that matters! hahahahaha... My boys had huge heads! My 1st was a full 3' bigger at birth than my daughter. She was a breeze to deliver! even though she was only a few ounces smaller. Good luck! LORI~ Congrats on your growing family! and I hear you about how long we've got left! My last 2 came 2 weeks early and my friend mentioned that that's 2 weeks away! I had a mild panic attack! hahahahah...

LoriandRichie - 30 days ago
On a side note, my son (21) proposed to his girlfriend last weekend. My family is definitely growing! :)

LoriandRichie - 30 days ago
4 weeks to has flown by! Reality is setting in and I'm starting to get nervous.

MOMIIB - 31 days ago
Wow, getting in the home stretch. Was cked friday, so far no progress. I am measuring 4wks ahead, so 40wks :-/ If I dont go into labor by 39wks I think I will be having a repeat c section. I really want a VBAC but its kinda scary how big he is getting. way I can push a 9lb baby out LOL!

sarah6485 - 50 days ago
Brandy I'm due 3rd sept and hoping I deliver 31st august just so this baby is year below my youngest daughter at school otherwise misses a whole year school because born few days later :-/ and is like them to be in playsckool nursery together for bit :) I'm off to week 37 Tomo so bubs is term time to get walking and out and about with kids get this labour ready to happen in few weeks time 👍

brandyb1984 - 51 days ago
C section scheduled for sept 2nd.. totally bummed its not scheduled for august... hopefully i will just go into labor before then.. waiting to meet mrs. Aubriella elizabeth..

sarah6485 - 51 days ago
Definatly feeling some strange pains and pushing and cervix niggles past few days people are saying my bump has dropped a lot :)

Baby ali - 53 days ago
mash- I feel ur pain, in the Same situation with heartburn makes me vomit although I am taking heartburn meds, cold glass of milk seems to help for abit. - 54 days ago
so like a walking ball of heartburn....and a couple nights ago i was up most of the night because i ran out of every time i lay down i would almost vomit from the heartburn....not fun

sarah6485 - 55 days ago
Congrats nixsa :) hope your well

Baby ali - 56 days ago
nixsa- congratulations

NixSA - 56 days ago
Well ladies I had my baby at 35 weeks via emergency csection. had complications and was taken in for an emergency hysterectomy a short while after. Our little girl is too beautiful

Baby ali - 57 days ago
last few weeks drag on forever I think, the waiting takes the toll

fnouf - 57 days ago
No harm in keeping trying Ali lol! I've always had to have GTT because both my parents are type 2 but I've been lucky enough to never suffer with GD. I have midwife next Thursday for my 38 weeks, she saw me at 36 too and think she said she'll be seeing me at 40 too. Don't think discharge is anything interesting, plug looks like real thick gooey mucous. Mash, I know what you mean about being anxious to know if a boy or a girl, still not ready for them to come out yet tho lol ... Off to 37 weeks today xx. - 57 days ago
im anxious, im so done with pregnancy....i just want to meet my baby....i want to know if this is a boy or a girl. i want to be able to keep my baby safe HERE. i want my body back ob is on vacation this week though, so hopefully not this week lol. went to hospital on monday because i had an appointment for a bp check and assessment. my bp went up once when i was concentrating on all this instruments in the room and got myself a bit psyched out lol. then they wouldnt take me off the monitor cuz baby's heartbeat wasn't fluctuating enough....but after an hour or so i got the go ahead from the on call dr to go home. i have my ob appt next wed morning and then an u/s so he can check on size and position of baby on thursday the 14th....getting very anxious for baby....

Baby ali - 57 days ago
okay ladies did some boincing on the yoga ball lol and I had like (tmi!) white Watery thik white discharge? wat is that??

Baby ali - 59 days ago
can't wait to see my baby boy soooo dying to see who he looks like me or hubby or his sisters lolz

Baby ali - 59 days ago
fnouf- no luck in loosing the plug lol has urs all gone? got midwife appointment on Thursday last one I think till after baby is born, didn't really see her much during whole of pregnancy only 5 times including Thursday although I got diabetes NHS is rubbish nowadays I think, no care in the world, my mum had diabetes with my brother who is now 15 years old they used to see her every two weeks through out pregnancy and used to go hospital often to make sure everything was okay.

fnouf - 59 days ago
haha Ali, have fun trying to loose that plug! What I hate most at the minute is how uncomfortable it is to cuddle with my kids, as soon as I have any pressure on my bump I feel like I can't breath and need to pee so only having short cuddles. Feel exhausted if I sit still but as soon as I talk myself in to moving I am OK, it's the getting moving in the first place which is the issue haha xx

Baby ali - 60 days ago
fnouf- gonna take on board ur experience how to lose the plug! whoooo doing the deed everyday lolz

Baby ali - 60 days ago
36 weeks today, can't wait till all this is over so can give time to the kids, feel sorry for the two little ones I have no energy to do anything with them or carry them wen they want a cuddle and sit on my lap, sometimes because the babies head is in the pelvis it hurts to stand up feel like it's digging it's head right in and the pressure hurts, sometimes wish the water will break but noooooooo anyways hope everyone else is waddling along lol

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