Few of the symptoms which you may notice at 36 weeks are:
Your body is preparing to deliver your baby. The hormone relaxin causes many changes that can make you feel sore at your pelvic area. Your little bean is growing by leaps and bounds in the last few weeks too. The combined weight of the uterus and your baby can cause pain at the pelvic floor.
Anxiety is extrememly common during pregnancy. You are already dealing with sleeplessness, forgetfulness and a hundred other symptoms. Add to that your worry about your little bean is doing well or not and you can experience anxiety of different levels. Techniques such as breathing, yoga, and meditation can help you with your anxiety to a certain extent. You can also talk to your doctor about managing this symptom.
Not to be confused with labour pains, these contractions occur with limited frequency such as once or twice a day or once in every few hours. Some women do not experiece these contractions too. Typically you will feel the tightening of your abdmoninal muscles and hardening of your belly. These contractions will disappear once you change your position or activity.
In between your growing uterus, your increasing body weight, your fatigue, and inability to move, you will find it increasingly difficult to catch your breath. Your expanding uterus will put pressure on your diaphragm which will put pressure on your lungs, thus making breathing labourious. Difficulty in breathing is not a complication but just a routine preganancy symptoms. Just try to take things easy and pace your day in such a way that you can do your routine things slowly. Hurrying around isn't an option anymore!
Baby’s Length: 19.6 inches(50 cm)
Baby’s Weight: 2.7 kgs
Fetal heart rate ranges from 110 to 150 beats per minute.
‘Vernix casesoa’ – skin layer covering your baby has almost worn off now. There’s a high possibility that baby can swallow skin substance and will be part of first poop!!!.
‘Meconium’ – a dark green substance which is a part of fetal stool is most likely to be swallowed by the baby. After birth, the baby will pass a few stools which is green in colour.
Baby’s taste buds are now allowing your baby to taste the food that you ingest. What you eat now defines your baby’s eating preferences post birth.
Baby is now more sensitive to outside cacophony which might disturb it’s sleeping pattern. However, you witness a great reduction in movements because of rapid weight gain and shrinking womb space.
Skull would be fully developed by now.
Experiencing acidity along with constipation? Don’t be surprised. When your digestive system is working slowly, heartburn is a common consequence. Most to-be-mothers go through both these symptoms. Staying hydrated and having fiber-rich foods will help combat acidity too. Along with this, you can avoid foods that trigger heartburn such as coffee and tea, spices, and deep-fried foods. Your aim should be to eat foods that are nutrient-rich and at the same time easy to digest.
Water retention is common during pregnancy. Increased blood flow to the uterus means that there is more water accumulation in the tissues. Due to the power of gravity, this water retention mostly happens to your ankles and feet. While this phenomenon, also known as edema continues throughout pregnancy, it is sure to resolve post-delivery.
Sciatica is technically the nerve that runs from your lower back, through your buttocks, to the lower part of of your legs. All the changes in your pregnancy such as increasing baby weight, increasing uterus size, shifting gravity, loosening ligaments, and pressure on nerves results in pressure on the sciatica nerve too. This pressure can create pain radiating though your lower back , buttocks, and ending towards the back part of the lower part of your legs.’
Your heart is working harder to handle the increased blood supply. This increased pressure on the heart can lead to hypertension in some women. Pre-eclampsia, an often dangerous condition can ensue if the rise in BP remains unchecked. You doctor will continue monitoring you changes through your pregnancy to make sure that your BP stays within limits.