Week by week pregnancy guide: You and your baby at Week 36

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Your baby will shed off his downy hair (lanugo) and protective wax covering (vernix). These will get mixed into the amniotic fluid to later be swallowed by your baby. As for you, mum, find out which three things you should be doing and setting up as early as now.

How Big is Your Baby?

week by week pregnancy guide: week 36

Your Baby's Development

In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:

  • Your baby has started to shed off the covering of his downy hair as well as the waxy coating that was protecting him in the womb. Interestingly these things will get mixed with the amniotic fluid and be swallowed by your baby. 
  • He has started to move towards your pelvis.
  • By now, your baby will realign himself in the head-down position.
  • He has fully developed blood and immune system.
  • His digestive system hasn’t fully matured yet.

Pregnancy Symptoms

  • Since your baby has occupied more than half of your stomach, you will find it difficult to finish a regular-sized meal all by yourself.
  • Your backache will be at its worst level.
  • You may experience bloating and constipation.
  • Your vaginal discharge will thicken and may even be tinged with blood.
  • Due to the downward movement of the baby, you will experience extra weight around the lower abdomen, making it difficult for you to walk in ease. This may also lead to some pelvic pain.
  • However, the downward movement will relieve the upward pressure on the diaphragm. This is called lightening. The result: you can now take longer and deeper breaths. This pressure will also force you to pee more.
  • An itching belly is something that is common to almost all pregnancies.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions, which are mild contractions that occur in preparation of labour, will become more frequent.

Pregnancy Care

  • Avoid flying during this month and onwards.
  • To ease pelvic pain, you may indulge in warm baths and do some pelvic exercises.

Your Checklist

  • It’s time to create birth announcements.
  • Ensure your nursery is fully set up as early as now so you won't have to worry about it when the baby arrives.
  • Install your baby's car seat, especially since you can’t drive your baby home without it. It can also be more complicated to install than you’d think.

Your next week: 37 weeks pregnant

Your previous week: 35 weeks pregnant

Do you have questions on this week by week pregnancy guide? What are your current concerns, mums? Leave us a comment below!

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Written by

Jasmine Yeo