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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 36

How big is your baby?
Your baby will be weighing in at around 2.622kg (5.78 pounds) and measuring 47.4cm (18.66 inches). 
How big are you?
If you have not yet dropped (your baby has moved down into the birth canal) your uterus should now sit about 5.51 inches (14cm) above your bellybutton and about 14.17inches (36cm) above your pubic symphysis.
Your weight gain should be around 24.8-29.76 pounds (11.25-13.5kg) by this week.
How is your baby developing and growing
  • At this stage your baby may form dimples at the elbows and knees as fat is still being deposited under his/her skin
  • If your baby hasn't already dropped into the birth canal by now, then he/she may do so soon from about now.
How is your baby presenting?
At this point of your pregnancy your healthcare provider should be able to tell you how your baby is presenting, for example if the head is down or if it may be in a breech position.
Usually around weeks 32-35 you can feel the baby's head in your lower abdomen below the umbilicus, sometime the baby's head may not be hard enough to be identified as the head. The head will become harder as calcium is deposited in the fetal skull.
Usually by the end of the 36th week your baby will have settled into it's birth position, although it is still possible for it to turn again.
Changes in you
From now onward your body is going to become more efficient at converting stored nutrition into energy. It is also not uncommon for pregnant women to lose some weight from this point forward as a result of this.
Your developing baby is going to place more strain on your circulatory system, and at the moment about one sixth of your total blood volume is contained within the blood vessels in the uterus.
You may also begin to see in an increase in swelling and fluid retention from this point forward. This is a common symptom and will affect 40% of all pregnant women.
Your body
Starting this week, you may begin to see your health care provider every week. Your doctor or midwife may give you an internal exam to determine if cervical effacement (thinning of the cervix) or dilation (opening of the cervix) has begun.
You may experience engagement (also known as lightening), which is when the baby drops into the mother's pelvis in preparation for labor. Your appetite may return because the baby is no longer putting as much pressure on your stomach and intestines, and if you've been experiencing heartburn, the baby's descent may somewhat alleviate it.

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