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Changes in Your Body When 36 Weeks Pregnant

When you are 36 weeks pregnant, you may find yourself undertaking amazing projects -- this is called nesting. Many people experience it earlier in pregnancy, but as the time for your baby to arrive nears, you could find yourself trying to be super-human!
Physical changes you may notice during week 36 of pregnancy include:
  • Lightening (also known as engagement)
  • Frequent urination
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Other physical changes.
Lightening (also called engagement) occurs when the baby's presenting part (usually the head) drops down into the pelvis as a first step in preparation for birth. If this is your first pregnancy, lightening may begin two to four weeks before labor. Once this occurs, you may have people telling you the baby has "dropped."
After lightening occurs, the pressure on your lungs and stomach will be relieved and your appetite may increase. However, mothers may now feel a tingling sensation or numbness in the pelvic region, which is caused by the pressure of the baby on the nerves in the legs and pelvis.
Frequent Urination
After your baby drops down into the pelvis, he or she might push against your bladder, causing you to urinate more frequently. However, you should not cut back on fluids; instead, try leaning slightly forward when urinating, which will help to completely empty your bladder.
As your baby moves down into the pelvic area, the pressure may cause hemorrhoids, a condition in which the veins around the anus or lower rectum become swollen or inflamed. For hemorrhoid relief, you can try using:
  • Hemorrhoid creams and ointments
  • A compress soaked in witch hazel
  • Ice packs
  • A pain reliever such as Tylenol®.
It is important to tell your healthcare provider if you experience hemorrhoids.
Other Physical Changes
During week 36 of pregnancy, you may also experience:


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