36 Weeks Pregnant

Week 36 photo
length ~ 18.6 in  |  47 cm     weight ~ 5.8 lbs  |  2.6 kg   /   Almost done, mommy!

Fetal development in week 36

The countdown to your sweet lil' womb hi-jacker's eviction is closing in!

In fetal developments: most of the bones (soft skull aside) in their little body are now completely hardened, providing a solid structure from which they can now make their grand debut into the world.

In physical fitness news: your mini-champ's muscle tone is improving, and you’ll be impressed by their steel-like Ulnar grasp (a newborn reflex that occurs if you lay your finger in their palm).

Your baby's nearly done baking!

And how's mom doing?

Hey mama, are you big, warm, pee-tastic, tired, and feeling just a bit anxious?

Welcome to week 36!

To assuage your worries here are a few clear indications of when you're going into real labor:

  • Runny loose stools/diarrhea

  • Loss of mucous plug aka "bloody show"

  • Contractions are consistent and grow in intensity

  • Your water breaks

You can have diarrhea without going into labor and your water probably won't break. If it does break, it'll feel like a sudden gush of unexpected pee just ran down your leg.

Ain't pregnancy just the classiest thing ever?

Did You Know?

Many women start losing more hair shortly after their baby arrives. This is largely due to the pendulum-like changes in their hormones which are re-stabilizing after the birth. Not to worry: overall, the hair loss isn’t significant as most women lose less hair than normal during pregnancy. Another contributing factor may be the stress of being a new parent.

Pregnancy Psycho-Meter

How are 36 weeks pregnant members feeling?
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  • Not So Grand: 9246 votes
  • Ugh Bad: 3223 votes
Week 36 cartoon

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Are we there yet?

If you’ve paid attention to any pregnancy books, you’ll read that most babies are born between 36 and 41 weeks. You’ve heard that, haven’t you?

I swear, it seems to me that every woman, especially first time moms, think that their baby is going to come at 36 weeks. Here’s a hint: Most likely, it won’t.

I know, I know. I’m a mean person. How could I tell you that your baby isn’t going to come today? You know you’re thinking that.

Wait- what was that twinge- is that labor? Ooh, maybe it was labor? Could it be labor?


I know it’s hard to hear that, but the sooner that you learn to accept the cold hard truth that early labors happen to “other people,” the sooner you can get on with the rest of your pregnancy. Worrying about whether or not today will be the day isn’t going to make the baby come any faster. Trust me, I’ve tried.

You’ve been looking in the mirror and you’ve wondered how you could possibly get any bigger. There’s no room for the baby in there! You just KNOW you have to go into labor early.

Unfortunately, your body has other plans. It plans on keeping that baby in there forever!

Think of it this way: Would you rather have the baby stay “longer” now, when it is a fetus in your belly, or move back in after college? At least now, if the baby is in your belly, people will feel sorry for you and bring ice cream and cake. When the kid moves in after college? They’ll just gossip behind your back and call you a bad parent.

Staying pregnant for a few more weeks is totally worth it.

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