Pregnancy Week by Week

Pregnancy Week by Week: 36 Weeks

When you're 36 weeks pregnant, your baby is now about 13 inches long, from crown to rump, and weighs about 6 pounds. During this week, the following developments are taking place in your baby:
 
  • Fat is dimpling on his or her elbows and knees
  • Gums are rigid
  • Sucking muscles are fully developed.
     
At this point in your pregnancy, you may find yourself undertaking amazing projects -- this is called nesting.
 
Physical changes you may notice during week 36 of pregnancy include:
 
  • Lightening (also known as engagement)
  • Frequent urination
  • Hemorrhoids.
 
From week 36 of pregnancy until delivery, you will most likely be having weekly checkups. Now is a good time to ask your doctor what his or her plan is if you miss your due date. Also, you may want to ask your doctor about the test for group B streptococcus (GBS). GBS is an infection that is carried in 10 percent to 35 percent of all adults. It is harmless, unless it is passed from the mother to the baby, where it can cause:
 
  • Meningitis (an inflammation of the brain or spinal cord)
  • Bacterial bloodstream infections
  • Infant pneumonia
  • Stillbirth.
 
(Click 36 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
 

Pregnancy Week 37

By the time you reach week 37, you should have your hospital bags ready to go, with everything you will need at the hospital, such as nightgowns and your address book.
 
At this point in your pregnancy, your baby is about 14 inches, from crown to rump, and weighs almost 6½ pounds. When you're 37 weeks pregnant:
 
  • Your baby continues to develop fat at the rate of half an ounce a day
  • Your baby is getting rounder every day
  • Your baby's skin is getting pinker and losing its wrinkly appearance.
     
After week 37 of pregnancy, your cervix may start to dilate in preparation for labor. This means that the mucus plug that seals off your uterus from infection and bacteria will discharge from your body. The plug can discharge from your body weeks, days, or hours before you go into labor.
 
(Click Mucus Plug or What Does a Mucus Plug Look Like? for more information.)
 
Another change you may be noticing around this time is that your breasts are increasing in size and fullness.
 
If you're pregnant with twins, they are considered full-term when you're 37 weeks pregnant.
 
(Click 37 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
 
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