Hi there to all my beautiful mommies-to-be, today’s post is going to be about your 36 weeks pregnancy and ultrasound, as usual, I am going to talk about pregnancy symptoms, fetal development, prenatal visit and most importantly the Ultrasound, if you want to know more about this topic, stay with me.
At this point, there are still (more or less) 4 more weeks to go(you are almost there). But remember at week 37 your baby is considered Early-term.
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How Big Is Your Baby at 36 Weeks?
Your baby at 36 weeks will be as big as a Honeydew. The average 36-week fetus weighs about 5.5 to 5.8 lbs.. or 2500 grams, and measures about 32 centimeters long.
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Normal Pregnancy symptoms at 36 weeks!!!
Increased pelvic discomfort: Baby is down low within the pelvis, the pressure is bigger as the baby keeps descending.
Backaches: You might be experiencing backaches too due to baby’s new position, gentle stretching can help your back a lot. Also considering the pregnancy body pillow can be very beneficial as they can ease some of the pressure on your hips and help you get into a comfy position while sleeping.
Better breathing: Due to your baby’s descent into the pelvic area, your lungs will have more room, the pressure of the uterus on your diaphragm is relieved. making breathing more comfortable.
Frequent urination: Now that your uterus is putting a lot of pressure on your bladder, your trips to the bathroom might be more frequent.
Braxton Hicks contractions: Braxton hicks contractions is when your uterus occasionally feel tight as it practices for labor. This is totally normal as long as the contractions go away when you change positions. Let your doctor know about any pain or contractions that don’t stop.
Changes in vaginal discharge: During pregnancy, an increase in estrogen levels causes increased blood flow to the pelvic area. More blood flow stimulates the body’s mucous membranes, leading to an increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy. This vaginal discharge has an important purpose: It removes dead cells from the vagina, protects the birth canal from infection and maintains a healthy balance of bacteria in the vagina. At 36 weeks pregnant, the discharge may increase as your body prepares for labor. But look out for watery discharge, which could be amniotic fluid, let your doctor knows ASAP, or blood, a possible sign of preterm labor, or mucus-like or blood-tinged discharge, which could be the mucus plug. Losing the mucus plug is another sign that labor is very close.
Trouble sleeping: It’s normal to have trouble sleeping at any point during pregnancy, but many moms experience insomnia more frequently starting in the second to third trimesters, as the baby belly makes it harder than ever to get comfortable in bed.
Swollen ankles and feet: During pregnancy, edema occurs when body fluids increase to nurture both you and your baby and accumulate in your tissues as a result of increased blood flow and pressure of your growing uterus on your pelvis blood vessels. You might also be having more swelling in your feet if your weight gain has been on the faster side lately.
Unfortunately, the list of symptoms at this time goes on and on as I mentioned last week. Other symptoms like Bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation, itchy skin( mainly your belly ), nesting urgency, etc, might be present, all part of the normal list of symptoms at this time.
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Fetal development at 36 weeks!!
Baby’s Growth is slowing Down: Growth will slow down in the coming weeks so your baby will be able to fit through the narrow passageway to the outside.
Fetal Skull and Bones: At 36 weeks pregnant, your baby’s skull bones are not fused together yet, so the head can easily maneuver and fit through the birth canal. Also, your baby’s skull isn’t the only soft structure in her little body, most of her bones and cartilage are quite soft as well (they’ll harden over the first few years of life) allowing for an easier journey into the world during delivery.
Blood circulation and the immune system: Has been perfected by now, your baby’s immune system has developed enough to protect your little one from infections outside the womb.
Change on baby movements on the third trimester: Your baby now has a fairly regular cycle of sleep and wakefulness. By month 9, however, it’s crucial to note changes in activity. Count fetal movements a few times a day throughout your third trimester, and report any sudden decrease in fetal movements to your doctor.
Baby lungs: Their lungs are now fully developed and have a lubricant called surfactant. This lubricant helps the lungs take their first breath once the baby is out.
Baby’s liver and kidneys are fully develop.
What to know about doctor visits?
At 36 weeks, you’ll get a Group B Strep test. This is a test to see if you have a common bacteria called Group B Strep in your vagina. If you do, you might never even notice it. For the baby, this bacteria could cause severe problems and could even be life-threatening if not treated properly. About 10 to 30 percent of pregnant women test positive for Group B. Treatment is simple: You’ll need an antibiotic to significantly reduce the chances of transmitting the bacteria to baby during labor.
If you’re 36 weeks pregnant with twins or have a high-risk condition such as high blood pressure or kidney/heart disease, you may have a biophysical profile this week. This combo of ultrasound and non-stress test gives your doctor a pretty good picture of how the baby’s doing and rules out the need to deliver early.
You’ll still be keeping tabs on how often the baby’s moving and whether his or her movements are consistent from day to day.
Here’s how you do it: Pick a time of day and set a timer. See how long it takes to get to 10 fetal movements it should be less than two hours.
As usual, you’ll be weighed and your blood pressure will be taken at all doctor’s appointments. You may be asked to give a urine sample to check for signs of preeclampsia, urinary tract infections, and other problems.
If an ultrasound is ordered in this week, these are the things that are going to be checked:
Fetal position( if the baby is Breech or cephalic)
Amniotic fluid index.
Fetal heart doppler(normal heart beats is 120 to 165 bpm)
And possibly a biophysical, for more info check this link BIOPHYSICAL PROFILE
This is what you can expect from your 36 week ultrasound.
Tips for You This Week
Vitamin B6 plays an especially big role in the development of the brain and nervous system of your baby. You’ll find B6 in prenatal vitamins and also in bananas, avocados, wheat, brown rice, soybeans, oatmeal, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, watermelon, and meat. Make sure that you include B6 in your diet throughout the pregnancy, but mainly on the third trimester.
Pack Your Hospital Bag and have it ready.
Delivery day is getting closer, so it’s time to pack your hospital bag (if you haven’t already). Along with necessities, be sure to include these feel/good items inside: lip balm (your lips will become very dry), bands or scrunchies to keep your hair back, a hairbrush, massage oil, warm socks and slippers, moisturizer, a warm and comfortable robe. These items will make your labor, delivery and overall stay at the hospital more pleasant.
In general don’t stress out about weight gain or stretch marks, snack frequent and small portions, try to get ready for the big moment so you don’t have to be running at the last minute, keep your skin moisturized, try to stay active if you can, appropriate exercises will keep your pelvis muscles strong for delivery.
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Here you have the most useful information about your 36 week Pregnancy. You learn today about your baby development, Prenatal care (doctor visits) and Fetal Ultrasound at 36 weeks.
I hope this information helps you somehow. On my next post, I will be talking about 37 weeks pregnancy and ultrasound. A big congrats to you if you reach this point, you are weeks away from having the biggest love of your life in your arms, your baby.
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