Congratulations, you are now in your third trimester! At 36 weeks pregnant, your baby is almost fully developed and ready to make their debut into the world. It’s an exciting time, but you may also have some questions about what to expect during these final few weeks of pregnancy.
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At 36 weeks, your baby is about the size of a large cabbage and weighs around 6 pounds. Their lungs are now fully developed and they are practicing breathing in and out amniotic fluid to prepare for their first breath of air. They have also shed most of their lanugo, the fine hair that covered their body, and their vernix caseosa, the waxy coating that protected their skin from amniotic fluid.
Your baby’s brain is rapidly developing, and they are now capable of complex thoughts and emotions. They can recognize your voice and may even respond to music or other sounds outside the womb. They have also developed the ability to regulate their own body temperature, which is important for life outside the womb.
Your baby is now capable of a wide range of behaviors and movements in the womb. They may practice sucking their thumb, hiccuping, or even opening and closing their eyes. They have also developed a sleep-wake cycle, which means they may be active at certain times of the day and quiet at others.
At 36 weeks, your baby is also responding to stimuli outside the womb. They can sense changes in light and may even respond to touch or pressure on your belly. You may notice them kicking or moving more when you are active, and quieting down when you are resting or sleeping.
What to Expect in the Final Weeks of Pregnancy
At 36 weeks pregnant, you are in the final stretch of your pregnancy. Here are some things to expect in the coming weeks:
Increased Braxton Hicks contractions, which are practice contractions that help to prepare your body for labor.
Increased pressure on your bladder and pelvic area, which may make it difficult to sleep or move around comfortably.
Increased fatigue and difficulty with physical tasks, as your body prepares for labor and delivery.
The possibility of preterm labor or other complications, so it’s important to stay in close communication with your healthcare provider and take good care of yourself.
At 36 weeks pregnant, your baby is almost fully developed and ready to enter the world. They are capable of complex thoughts and behaviors in the womb, and are responding to stimuli outside the womb as well. As you prepare for the final weeks of pregnancy, be sure to take good care of yourself and stay in close communication with your healthcare provider. Before you know it, you’ll be holding your little one in your arms!
Your baby is about the size of a large cabbage and weighs around 6 pounds at 36 weeks pregnant. They are capable of a wide range of behaviors and movements in the womb, including sucking their thumb, hiccuping, and opening and closing their eyes. In the final weeks of pregnancy, you can expect increased Braxton Hicks contractions, pressure on your bladder and pelvic area, and increased fatigue. Braxton Hicks contractions are practice contractions that help to prepare your body for labor.
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