36 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy week 36 fetus
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

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