36 Weeks Pregnant
During week 36 of pregnancy, your baby's fat is dimpling on the cheeks, elbows, and knees -- storing up all that fat, to be as cute as can be!
Other fetal development that is occurring around week 36 of pregnancy includes the following:
- The gums have become rigid
- The sucking muscles are now fully developed
- The brain is developing rapidly
- Your baby is practicing blinking.
During this week of pregnancy, your baby may move into its birthing position (if he or she has not already done so). Your healthcare provider will use the term "presentation" to describe the part of your baby that is lying over the cervix and will be delivered first. The most common presentation, occurring in more than 95 percent of deliveries, is vertex, which is when the top of the baby's head is down under the cervix. Other presentations may include breech, transverse, face, shoulder, or brow presentation.
(Click Abnormal Baby Presentations In Labor to learn about these other presentations.)