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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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jaybird81 - 4.4 hours ago
Ultrasounds?! How exciting for you ladies, I'd love to see what my little man looks like right now! You guys will have to share the US pictures. :)

momofour - 10.6 hours ago
Hi ladies... I have so many NSTs & now weekly appts... But so excited to see baby on my ultrasound Monday... I feel like you all are going to have your babies and I'll be sitting here all by my lonesome... :( We should all befriend e/o on Facebook... Skip the groups.. Ha.. I still have FB friends from here.. 5 years ago.. It's nice to see the kids grow up!

4girls want a boy - 10.7 hours ago
Bkle I can't wait to hear how big you baby is. Will they tell you at your ultra sound? Tomorrow I have to go for a NST test so an ultra sound and put on the monitor for a half an hour.. As for tonight I am having some very mild cramping. I hope that means something ..

bkle - 11.9 hours ago
4girls and jay-- Ill send you some early dialation dust :-) A 1 for both of you, hope appointments go well. Mine is Friday w/ultrasound week 35+4 days at that appointment. So happy to of made it this far.

4girls want a boy - 14.5 hours ago
Thank you bkle we are doing lots of water and juice ...Jaybird i'm guess ZERO too ! LOL

jaybird81 - 15 hours ago
4girls- Well, I am glad to hear it's a viral thing on it's way out. Nasty little buggers! Hey, guess what? My first dilation check is on Thursday too, want to bet of where we are? I am betting I am at a zero, hahaha

bkle - 20 hours ago
4girls hope they get better before little one comes home. Lots of fluids Good luck on your test I hope they give you some good dialation news :-)

4girls want a boy - 20 hours ago
Jaybird all those days of work must be so hard, but it will sure be nice to have 40 days off..Lucky ! I think my husband will get 2 or 3 extra days off...As far as my sick girls, I took them to the Dr and its a viral thing that has to run its course. He said I will need to put a mask on them if baby comes soon and they are still sick.Bummer I am doing every thing I can to get them better.. Well tomorrow is my NST test and on thursday is my OB visit . I really hope to be dilated.

jaybird81 - 1 days ago
Oh no, poor kiddos and momma! Yeah, I'd take them to the doctor and get them as healthy as soon as humanly possible. You most certainly don't want to catch it and if you have your babe early, you don't want to the kiddos breathing their little germs all over the babe either! My husband is working 55 days straight, so he can have 40 days off. So I really would love for the baby to come early, but then on the same token- I really want him to be able to take all that time off. Ugh- I dont think it would be as bad- if I wasn't working all the time and if I had help from my family.

4girls want a boy - 1 days ago
I am feeling sick all over again too.. I was so wanting to have this baby soon, but now I hope she waits. My two year old and four year old have high fevers and bad coughs . My two year old has had a fever for 4 days and has finaly stopped , but now she started a cough. She has asthma so she is getting back to back breathing treatments. My four year old who has not got sick in 3 years has a high fever and cough that started yesterday. I need these kids to get better before I have a baby. I am praying that i don't get sick..Maybe I should take them to the Dr just to be safe being that im am due to have this baby soon.. It seems like this happens before I have a baby every time. With my last birth my husband was sick, the one before my older daughter was sick...ggrrrrr

jaybird81 - 2 days ago
I feeling like a big pile o' poo. I am ready to have this baby already. Anyone else have nausea again? The past couple days I have been feeling pukey in the morning and light headed...not very fun. And of course I am terribly uncomfortable I feel like the baby is constantly lifting on my ribs.

mummytoharrison - 2 days ago
Pretty over it now in all honesty. I've managed to damage my left knee too somehow so unless it heals quickly then there'll be no kneeling during labour to assist gravity :( I can walk on it but not crouch or kneel.

elisiaxx - 2 days ago
I had a sweep and a stretch when I was in labour with DD but because I was already in labour and dilated to 4cm I don't really remember what it felt like haha! I have heard from others they are unfortable but it got me from 4cm to 10cm just over an hour so fingers crossed it works for me this time :) only 21days to go until the big due date! It's getting so exciting! How is everyone feeling :) xxx

4girls want a boy - 2 days ago
Ouch my Dr said something to me about a sweep. I never had one , but I did look it up and know what it is.Not sure when she will want to do this guess I will know on thursday.

elisiaxx - 2 days ago
Well I am off to week 37 tomorrow, I cant believe how fast this pregnancy has flown by. I have almost finished my hospital bag just a few bits and bobs to put in there like shower gel ect but it's nearly done :) I have been booked in for a sweep already on 15th may (2 days after due date) im sooo excited I just can't put it into words :)

4girls want a boy - 2 days ago
That would be funny bkle .. Sheesh I have been so busy these last 9 months talking to you ladies , and now we are all getting ready to have our babies .. I tried to sign up for Amandas f/b group but couldn't find it. Are any of you posting on it? Well we will all have to make sure to try and post in the month to month forum after our babies our born. Like when our little ones get there first teeth, how b/fing is going , crawling , and of course first birthdays..

bkle - 2 days ago
4girls-- How exciting and yet scary that things are happening. Im also guessing that you'll have her next week; week 37. Just for fun im taking a guess it will be on April 28 or 30 :-). I hope I can make it to week 36. By this time next week ill of made it further with this baby then any other baby of mine. I would laugh if we all had our babies the same day ;-)

azsmika - 2 days ago
hi ladies, two more days and i start 37 weeks..i am so ready to get this baby out. so uncomfortable..swollen more often than not...have the worst sinus infection of my life. my face is hurting i cant breath...just want to feel normal again!!! leaking time to time..i still have 3 more days at ready to stay at home and relax.

4girls want a boy - 2 days ago
They were Very nice about it, and told me to come back any time .I live so far away from this hospital I had to go check to see if I was getting anywhere with the contractions .. My next Dr visit is on thursday, and then every week. The last weeks of pregnancy ! Can you ladies beleive it????

swissmammy3 - 2 days ago
4girls - Don't think your going to be long at all. Reckon your little one is going to be here in week 37......good luck with everything x

mummytoharrison - 2 days ago
Good luck 4girls :) hopefully things will start progressing for you soon. Early stage labour can be such a drag.

4girls want a boy - 2 days ago
Well just got home from L&D .. Have been having contrations for 7 hours now every 5 min. They showed up on the monitor.. I am not dilated.. She said go home and rest.

mummytoharrison - 3 days ago
Don't worry swissmammy, you aren't the who is pretty much over being pregnant. I am struggling to walk and yesterday I sat on the floor to get DS ready for bed and couldn't get back up. DH had to haul me off the ground. They don't check you in Aus for any cervix changes until you're in labour either (I had my first in the UK so it's not odd to me to go unchecked and the less poking around, the better). I've not had any show yet but I didn't with DS either.

swissmammy3 - 3 days ago
Happy Easter everyone. I'm really starting to struggle now. Back is aching and stomach feels sooooo heavy. Keep telling myself that I should be enjoying this as this is that last time I will experience this but it's a little hard when your in pain. I am so excited to see my little girl but am so worried about the labor pains...I must sound like a baby myself. In the UK our midwives don't check for dilation or effacment until your in labor so don't really know if things are close or not. Has anyone had a 'show' yet? I haven't.

bkle - 3 days ago
Happy easter!

jaybird81 - 3 days ago
4girls! hahahaha I got boys on my mind!

mummytoharrison - 3 days ago
Happy Easter everyone! !

4girls want a boy - 3 days ago
Jaybird hehe you called me I know what ya meen it was just funny .. Thanks , but when I got to work they sent me home .. I walk to slow can't keep up and they don't want me to get hurt, so YAY no work for me !!

bkle - 4 days ago
4girls yay your last day that is great!

jaybird81 - 4 days ago
4boys- You are SO lucky! I can't wait to be done with work, I have three more (long) weeks!

4girls want a boy - 4 days ago
Today is my last day of work ! I am so happy about that !

4girls want a boy - 4 days ago
This morning was having contrations that were so strong .They lasted for only an hour . I took a hot shower and they went away. I am so excited to have this baby , but when those real painfull contrations started all I wanted was for them to go away..( YIKES )

mummytoharrison - 4 days ago
Oh, and I feel like I've been smashed in the pubic bone with a baseball bat. I've had to close my business down as I can't stand for long periods of time now. Will probably reopen around July (seeing as that's the start of the new Tax Year in Australia).

mummytoharrison - 4 days ago
4girls - that's excellent news that they think you haven't got long to go. SamanthaDawn - that sucks that she hasn't invited your mum and that you still don't know when it is. I'd be getting super antsy by now too.

bkle - 5 days ago
4girls that's great! Getting closer is exciting

4girls want a boy - 5 days ago
So I went for my NST test today and the lady asked my if my babies come early , and if im feeling lots of presure because my baby is way down low. For me that is music to my ears..I am ready

onj - 5 days ago
Samantha- I don't think you sound like a brat at all- it's nice for someone to throw you a shower, but it's not fair to tell you not to buy stuff when you don't know when the shower is actually happening. That would stress me out lol. BUT...If you DO buy stuff at Wal-Mart, they will always take it back if you get doubles. Even if you don't have the receipt, you can exchange stuff for a gift card. And with babies, a Wal-Mart gift card for diapers, wipes, creams, etc is awesome :) Just a thought! For Easter, we dyed eggs last weekend. We bought a bunch of those plastic eggs and chocolate- will hide them through the house because it's still a bit chilly outside... and my kids wake up too early for that lol. Then we bought them some toys- bubbles, skipping ropes, frisbees, etc. At 5 and 2, they are still pretty easy to please. And we are going to my mom's for turkey dinner (we usually go to her house for dinner on Sundays anyway). We are going to try to see my MIL too, but she's a bit mad that she didn't get Sunday (even though my mom asked to have Sunday a month ago, and my MIL only asked us on Wednesday) so I dunno what will happen there.

SamanthaDawn - 5 days ago
Bkle- Today (good friday) I just made colored devilled eggs with the kids, they LOVED them!! (they usually will NOT eat devilled eggs but they ate them right up! Soon going to paint some hollowed out egg shells. Then tomorrow they are going to MIL's house so I can set up a 12 foot trampoline secretly. Then when I bring them home, it will be hiding behind the house. On easter morning their baskets are only going to have a chocolate bunny in them, so they can use their empty baskets to fill up during an egg hunt. We filled tons of those plastic eggs, and will have them inside, and some outside leading out to the surprise trampoline! (we were going to get them a trampoline anyways so I figured it would make a nice easter surprise. :) I can't wait!!!!! then DH has to work at 3 in the afternoon until 10 at night so I will be making a big ham dinner just for me and the kids.

elisiaxx - 5 days ago
Bkle.... my midwife said she can't tell me for definite how much he weighs/will weigh at birth but estimated I will have an 8lber because he feels a good size now, he could be smaller or he could be bigger not long to find out. I am measuring 2 weeks under though but I am guessing that's because he is nesting his way down now :)

4girls want a boy - 5 days ago
Bkle for Easter we go to church at 7:00 , my husband with the men ministry make breakfast as a fundraiser , then they have a egg hunt for all the kids , then we will see a play that my husband and most my kids are in .. Then we will come home and have a nice dinner and give our kids the easter baskets we made them. I'm excited !

4girls want a boy - 5 days ago
I have another NST test today/ ultra sound. I don't feel like nesting ether. I'm just tired too. It is in the 90's here and I know the heat is bringing me down. Maybe next week :) Samantha maybe you should just tell your mother in law that You don't want a surprize , you want details about your shower . You are so close to birth and you need every thing ready now.

bkle - 5 days ago
Im not sure I want to nest anymore, these days im so tiered all I want to do is sleep. It could be the weather. Im happy I got almost everything done months ago. My bags are packed other then an outfit for me or two as im still using what I want to bring so ill pack that right before I go in. I got my breast pump and accessories all ready and sterilized. I think my hubby is nesting more then I am right now. He already bought a baby gate and installed it. I asked him why he was installing it this early and he said he wanted to be prepared. We had to buy an extra large one and it was almost 70.00 for it but it is really nice. Hubby said he's going to install baby car seat this weekend, and again all I want to do is sleep haha. lazy me! What's everyones plans for Easter (if you celebrate it)? We are just going to have the baskets for the girls and do a little egg hunt in our yard.

bkle - 5 days ago
Samantha- sounds like a nesting mama :-) Have you talked with your mil about getting it back and when she plans on having the baby shower for you? Id throw her hints like, 'wow I cant believe im 36 weeks already and going to be having baby soon.' haha

SamanthaDawn - 5 days ago
I want to get on my sisters case about it but I can't because she dosen't even know I know about it! lol Nobody knows I know except MIL and DH. she said I HAVE to act like I don't know! And thankfully I do have everything I NEED for baby, I'd just like to get some cute stuff I don't need (like extra baby clothes and soft balnkets) and Wal-mart is the only place around here to buy that, so I know that is exactly where people will probobly get the gifts from. The only thing I NEED is diapers, but MIL said she has a lot of diapers for baby and NOT to buy ANY... It just dosen't feel right not having them here and ready. and I reeeally want the rocking chair back!

bkle - 5 days ago
Samantha- Your already 36 weeks and I don't blame you for wanting to have your baby stuff in line before you give birth. I'm the type of person that even if I knew about a baby shower i'd buy the stuff I want anyway and be even more prepared and just have extra stuff if people bought the same items I bought. Not being able to have your family there is a big deal, I would certainly get on your sisters case a little and let her know how you feel about it. Your mil not inviting your mother seems kind of selfish, I mean who's day is it suppose to be, yours or hers? Just a thought of how I would feel. I held my own baby shower and didn't invite my ex's mom (who acts more like a mom to me then my own mom did) just because my mom said for me not to. I regret that for sure and when my ex's mom found out I could tell she was hurt for not being invited. As much as I say its nice not to have a baby shower this time because last time it was so much work; it still makes me a bit jealous when I hear about other family's doing that for them. Putting a shower on almost by myself sucked and wasn't as special as it would be for someone else to take the time and put one on because they care. I only had one with all my kids and was forced into doing just about everything for it, a lot of stress for a pregnant person. ON an end note: Its fun to buy baby stuff, so get what you want because you wont want to have baby next week and be unprepared. Having double of a few things really can come in handy :-) hope they have that shower for you soon.

SamanthaDawn - 5 days ago
Ok sorry everyone, I might have sounded like a brat. I seariously AM very happy about it. But I can never vent or complain in real life because I don't want to seem ungrateful. Sometimkes writng on here to you guys is like writing in a diary and I could say anything because nobody in my real life is going to read it. We can say anything and complain about anything because we're all pregnant here and will understand.

SamanthaDawn - 5 days ago
Also, I still didn't have my 'surprise' baby shower. I was told that I am not allowed to buy ANY baby diapers, or any more baby things.. Mother in law has my rocking chair because she's getting cushons made for it, but time is running out and I just want to be ready for the baby and have the room ready waiting for the day. I'm 36 weeks 1 day and I didn't realise how soon the baby could be here. This whole time I was focusing on the due date it never occured to me until yesterday that the baby could always come much sooner if I were to go into labor. Another thing that sucks about it is hubby is giving me information about what is going on with the planning for it, and my mother hasn't and will not be invited. (MIL who is planning it dosent really like her) and I think its also because she wants to feel like my mother for a day, she has never had a daughter and if my moms there maybe I wont be as close with her? I don't know.. and So far (including me and my kids) there is only 15 people going. So pretty much just me my sisters and out kids amkes 10 so not many people have been invited. (MIL asked my sister to invite people from my side, but she is the type of person who never calls family! avoids picking up the phone if my grandmother is trying to reach her etc.. she's weird like that. I want my grandmother to be there so bad, shes lonley, just lost her husband and is ALWAYS asking to see my sis that avoids her for no reason. it's a sin. I want to invite people from my side so bad but I can't because I'm not supposed to know about it! ...Not because I want a lot of gifts, but because shes renting a hall and I think it would feel weird with only 15 people there, and my family dosent get together very often and there isn't many people to invite on DH side. I feel like a brat complaining about my baby shower, I'm lucky someones throwing me one, but she shouldnt have told me about it and told me not to buy anything else and then wait forever, and not ask me who I would like to be there. It sucks when i'm in wal mart and go look at the sweet newborn baby clothes and then I have to be like (oh ya.... I'm not allowed to buy baby stuff incase someone gets my this for my shower)

SamanthaDawn - 5 days ago
I asked the Doctor at my OBS appointment yesterday if he would guess how big he thought the baby might be. After the Dr. did the belly measurement, and felt around for baby he said baby might not be quite as big as Alexis (10 lb baby) But will be bigger than Adrian was (7lbs 4 oz) he said he's guessing around 8.5 to 9 lbs if I made it to the c-section date. (since he was trying to guess the baby size, it was differnt than just the usual measuring tape measuring my uterus, he was gently pressing all over my belly going, 'head is here, and along here is the back. There is baby's bum/legs' it was cool that he could tell exactly where and how baby was. (he might be off on the weight but it's still fun to hear a guess) :) They said if I were to go into labor now, baby would be safe to be born at bridgewater hospital and they would do the c-section right away and not try to stop my labor! So WOW made me realise I gotta wash all my baby's clothes and bedding tonight, and finish packing the hospital bag just incase!!!

bkle - 5 days ago
elis-- how does the midwife know how big your baby is estimating? My dr nurse practitioner just tells me baby is still head down and measuring on the right week. I have an ultrasound next week to see how big he is.

elisiaxx - 6 days ago
Thanks ladies, I will definitely be giving it a go again this time, just need to see how I get on :) I had midwife Today and he is head down a 4/5 engaged now! She said baby is a reasonable size already and estimated I will be having a 8lb baby by due date :) so excited

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