Posted by: mommyq | February 26, 2008

36 Weeks – ALMOST THERE!

I had my 36 week appointment yesterday and, we talked a lot about my Vbac since with the whole blood pressure thing, I am worried that it is looking like less and less of a possibility. Basically, my best bet is to go into labour naturally before 38 weeks but, the doc will do some “natural” induction methods at 38 weeks IF my cervix feels good during my internal. If my BP spikes again before 38 weeks, it is a repeat C-section for me.

In other news, I had yet another BBP and, Noah scored a 8/8 again. My fluid looks good, his size is about 5.5 lbs, the placenta is working well, he has tons of movement for this far along etc. etc. It was really cute because during the show and tell at the end of the US, I could see he had one hand behind his neck and the other hand in a fist by his butt! HA He totally looked like he was posing or something.  Also, there was signs of breathing motion which is great…it basically means that Noah’s lungs are starting to practice the motions of breathing for his big day out in the real world!

In other news, I AM as of last night, having some sporadic tightenings/contractions that have gotten stronger over the course of the day today so, we shall see if anything comes of it. 

36 Weeks Pregnant

At this stage your baby could weigh in the vicinity of 2.6kg (2,600 grams or about 5 lbs 12 ozs) and measure about 47 cm from head to toe (or 18 1/2 inches). Your baby is now in ‘normal’ proportions and is quite plump! Before 36 weeks the head size of unborn babies tends to be larger than their belly size, but at around 36 weeks this equalises. From now on, their belly grows larger than their head!

As your baby’s due date approaches, their overall growth slows down considerably! It is estimated that babies do not grow as much in length now but put on approximately 230 grams per week (or about an ounce a day).

By 36 to 37 weeks your baby’s lungs are fully mature. However, babies of diabetic mothers can have delayed lung maturity until about 38 to 40 weeks.

With only a month or so to go, a few women will be told by their caregiver that their baby’s head has engaged (but other women do not experience this until closer to their due date). Your baby’s head engaging often brings with it some cramping sensations and discomfort as well as the characteristic ‘waddle’ of late pregnancy! You may now find you need to go to the toilet more often to pass urine and that your sleep becomes disrupted.

Are you 36 weeks pregnant? Check out PregnancyCorner.com’s week by week calendar to learn more about you and your baby.

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  1. Suzie I’m getting so excited for you!! The waiting is so hard.

  2. Tell me about it! LOL The waiting is killing me especially since I am SOOOO ready!


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