Week-by-Week Pregnancy: 36th Week
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By developing into week 36, you may wonder to get in. Here are all the possibilities, such as his weight, the response, and the course of his senses.
Baby at 36th Week
When you reach 36 weeks, you may wonder at what stage your baby’s development is. Here are the answers to all your questions, such as weight, height, development of his systems and senses, and the skills he gained…
How Big Has My Baby got?
Your baby has grown to the size of papaya this week.
Although you can understand how fast your baby is growing by expanding your belly, your baby continues to grow and prepares himself for birth, approaching almost 2.5 kilograms this week.
At 36 weeks, your baby continues to store fat, and his bones are getting harder and harder. Along with its weight, it has also grown a few centimeters in length. However, this growth rate decreases somewhat as the weeks progress.
The 36-week-old baby’s weight and height will be approximate as in the table below:
Gestational Age (Weeks)
These values are the average values of a baby at 36 weeks. Your little one may be overweight or thin, shorter or taller under the doctor’s control. In such cases, it is necessary not to worry and to know that such differences in the physical development of each baby are considered normal. The genetic role of parents in physical development is relatively high. If you are a petite type family, your offspring will most likely resemble you in terms of structure.
Development of Systems and Newly Acquired Skills
At 36 weeks, most of the body systems of a baby are fully developed. Despite this, the digestive, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems make their final preparations and add new skills to your little one to easily adapt to the external environment after they are born.
So, let’s examine at what stage the organ and system development of the 36-week-old baby is.
The production of new brain cells continues this week. Your baby’s nervous system prepares itself for full performance after birth and establishes new connections between nerve cells.
The circulatory system
Your baby’s heart rate this week averages between 110-150 beats per minute.
Your little one’s digestive system is almost postpartum. However, the digestive system is not fully active yet, as it can provide all the nutrients and components it needs in the womb from the placenta, thanks to the umbilical cord. The full maturation of the digestive system will occur long after birth.
The production of surfactant, which started the previous week and helps your baby’s breathing, continues in the lungs this week. The lungs have developed enough to perform breathing alone. Your little one continues to improve his breathing by hiccuping rhythmically frequently in the womb.
Support and Movement System
Bones continue to store calcium this week. The skull bones are still soft and will continue to maintain their soft structure for a while to allow a comfortable passage through the birth canal. The surrounding of the muscles continues to be filled with adipose tissue.
The first stool that accumulates in the large intestines of babies is called meconium. Meconium begins to collect in the intestines by the 36th week of pregnancy. It helps to excrete and digest by excreting wastes from the large intestine in the form of feces.
If the descent of the testicles of male babies into the scrotum has not been completed yet, the descent may take place this week.
In the 36th week of pregnancy, your baby continues to add antibodies from you to his body and continues the development of his immune system. He now has a strong enough immunity to protect himself against many infections.
Baby Birth at 36 Weeks
Although pregnancy is a process that takes 40-41 weeks on average, some babies do not wait for the last moments of this process and may decide to come early by acting impatiently. Babies born at 36 weeks are still defined as premature due to timing. However, the 36-week-old baby can easily adapt to the outside world and survive, as the development of many systems, especially the lungs, is completed to a large extent. In short, if your baby is born at 36 weeks, the chances of survival are quite high.
Sense Organs and Developmental Characteristics in 36 Weeks Baby
Growing up in your womb, your baby is now capable of many senses.
At what stage is the 36-week-old baby’s development when it comes to sense organs? Here’s what your little one has learned this week, step by step…
Eye and Sight
His eyesight has not yet reached its final state. The optic nerve continues to develop and prepares itself for abilities such as focus and clear vision.
Ear and Hearing
This week, your baby’s ears begin to hear much sharper. It can move in your stomach when you talk to it, listen to music, sing a song, or lullaby. He can recognize sounds he has heard before.
Tongue and Taste
The sucking reflex continues to develop at full speed. The little one sucks on his fingers and toes is ready to suck the mother’s milk after birth. The taste buds of the tongue are also highly developed.
Nose and sense of smell
The sense of smell is well developed.
Skin and the Sense of Touch
In recent weeks, the lanugo hairs on the skin have been almost completely shed. The waxy vernix layer, which protects the body from the amniotic fluid, gradually thins and disappears. Your baby’s sense of touch can feel the distinctions such as hot and cold.
36 Weeks Baby Movements
During this period, expectant mothers may think that their baby’s movements have decreased. However, it is not your baby’s movements that decrease, but the amniotic fluid. Kick turns and various maneuvers may be less noticeable due to the reduction in the amount of fluid. In addition, since the place is narrowed, the baby can’t move freely and comfortably in the uterus as before. For this reason, 36-week-old baby movements may have slowed down a bit.
Mom at 36 Weeks Pregnancy
As your pregnancy progresses, you may start to feel heavier and more tired than ever this week. Symptoms such as insomnia, constipation, hemorrhoids, headaches, cramps, low back, back, and neck pain experienced in the previous weeks resurface in many pregnant women. In addition to all these, different symptoms may also be experienced.
If you are 36 weeks pregnant, let’s examine together what awaits you this week, what you should be prepared for.
What’s Happening In My Body?
In some periods of pregnancy, there may be an increase in vaginal discharge with the effect of hormones. However, the increased discharge after 36 weeks of pregnancy is most likely a sign of the body’s preparation for childbirth. With the enlargement of the cervix, changes occur in the amount, color, and structure of the discharge. If you experience bloody or mucus-like discharge, you should inform your doctor.
Pressure in the womb:
The baby may begin to move towards the birth canal slowly. This development in the birth canal relieves the pressure on the rib cage, allowing the lungs and stomach to relax. The baby’s descent (also called tummy tuck or engagement.) increases the feeling of pressure in the uterus and pelvic region. For this reason, a feeling of heaviness may occur in the groin or the vaginal area.
Pregnancy hormones continue to prepare the expectant mother as the time of birth approaches. For this reason, from these weeks onwards, the breasts become more sensitive and harder than before. The main reason for this is the enlargement of the milk ducts and the start of the first milk production in the breasts. It is even normal to have milk leaking from the breast from time to time. This condition is also called colostrum leakage.
The increase in metabolic reactions in the body causes more waste material to be produced and the excretory system to work faster. When daily water consumption is added to this situation, the need to urinate more often arises. However, in these weeks, the changing position of the baby starts to move into the birth position, putting more weight on the bladder and creating extra pressure on the bladder. This can cause urinary incontinence in the pregnant mother who reacts such as coughing, sneezing, laughing. The ability to hold urine may decrease day by day; it is useful to be prepared for the situation.
Since the expectant mother’s belly has grown excessively in recent weeks, the skin, especially in the abdominal region, is quite stretched. Some pregnant women feel like their abdomen is going to be torn. In addition, the thinned upper skin layer may cause an itching sensation due to stretching.
Tips to Minimize Troublesome Pregnancy Symptoms
Every new symptom that emerges can make expectant mothers nervous as the time of birth approaches. In some cases, the obstetrician must be informed. You can try some methods to alleviate the troubles caused by other findings. In this way, you can enjoy the 36th week of pregnancy and beyond.
Practical advice for the mother at 36 weeks of pregnancy are;
- If you have started to experience urinary incontinence these days, try to go to the toilet more frequently and prevent the bladder from being full for a long time.
- Take spare laundry with you when you go to a spare place in case you miss it.
- Make sure to urinate before going to bed at night, and try not to drink too much water before going to bed. Instead, divide the amount of fluid you need to consume over the hours of the day.
- Although it is not possible to prevent colostrum leakage, try using a breast pad to prevent your clothes from getting wet.
- To relieve pelvic pain and pressure on the uterus, you can:
– Take a warm bath and let the water relax you.
– Try exercises that will relax your hips and pelvis.
– Get a massage.
- If you notice an increase in vaginal discharge or reddish or brown discharge, especially after sexual intercourse, inform your doctor and consult positions that may be suitable for sexual intercourse.
- Moisturize your skin frequently to relieve the feeling of increased itching. You can use cream, body lotion, or some organic oils for this. Apply these products by massaging at night and make your skin relax. Also, don’t forget to keep the moisture balance by drinking plenty of water to nourish the skin from the inside.
How Much Weight Should I Gain?
Many expectant mothers gain more weight in recent months. This is normal, although it may worry pregnant women. The baby’s increasing fat tissue and hardening bones directly affect the rate of weight gain both for him and for you. In addition, the beginning of the baby’s descent into the birth canal may cause an increase in appetite by relieving the pressure in the stomach of the pregnant woman. So what is the ideal weight you should gain in total in the 36th week of pregnancy?
The weight range prescribed by doctors for 36 weeks of pregnancy is 12-14 kg.
If the amount of weight you have gained since the beginning of pregnancy is above this range, you may need to talk to your doctor and get help from a dietitian. It will be possible to provide weight control for the remaining time of pregnancy with a diet consisting of foods with high nutritional value and low calories.
If your baby’s development usually progresses, but you have gained weight below this weight range, you should not worry. As long as you and your baby are in good health, less weight gain will not matter.
Nutrition continues to maintain its importance from the very beginning to the end of pregnancy. While the baby’s bone structure, lungs, and nervous system continue to develop, the needs of both the mother and the baby reach the highest level as the time of birth approaches. Nutrition at 36 weeks of pregnancy requires adequate and balanced nutrition from all food groups.
The nutritional recommendations you can apply during this period are as follows;
- Increase your daily fluid intake. Meet the body’s increased fluid needs by taking care to drink fresh fruit juices, ayran, and plenty of water.
- Continue feeding little by little and at frequent intervals. For this, the ideal diet consists of 3 main meals and three snacks.
- If your complaints such as indigestion, heartburn, and constipation, continue, choose by taking these into account when choosing the foods you consume. Remove spicy, spicy, very salty, or very sour foods from your list.
- Avoid consuming fried pastries, sugary and packaged foods.
- Continue to eat a diet rich in iron, calcium, and protein.
By the 9th month of pregnancy, excessive stretching of the muscles, edema, and pain put a strain on the mobility of expectant mothers. Light exercises to be done during this period will help reduce pain while strengthening the muscles.
You can consider the following options as 36 weeks of pregnancy exercises and physical activities that can be done:
- Brisk walks not exceeding half an hour
- Pregnant pilates
- Pregnant yoga
- Breathing exercises
- Stretching movements that facilitate childbirth
As your body weight increases, it may become more difficult to move and do sports. However, you can do pregnancy exercises at regular intervals that your doctor deems appropriate for both easy delivery and rapid recovery after delivery.
36th Week Pregnancy Checklist
We can list the things you need to do for the 36th week of pregnancy as follows:
- Take a birth preparation training or course to overcome the stress and excitement of childbirth.
- Your doctor may want to see you more frequently from this week onwards. Plan your doctor’s appointments well, and do not delay your examination days.
- If the obstetrician requests examinations for the week, do not forget to have them done.
- Learn about baby care and prepare yourself for breastfeeding, changing, baby bathing.
- If you are working, start planning your maternity leave.
With the 36th week of pregnancy, you are one step closer to the moment when you will hold your baby in your arms. Continue to complete your final preparations and enjoy your pregnancy.
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