Your Pregnancy: Weeks 35 and 36

Pregnancy week by week: You are 35 and 36 weeks pregnant


Your Body

Nice job, mommy, you’ve carried your baby to term! She may be born within days or you might not meet her for another few weeks. Now that you’ve entered your ninth month of pregnancy, your physician or midwife will want to see you weekly until you have your baby. Between weeks 35 and 37, you will be screened for group B strep (GBS), a bacteria found in the vagina, rectal area and intestine in up to 30 percent of women. Although it has no symptoms and poses no health risk to mom, an infection can be transmitted to baby as she moves through the birth canal (she’ll be in danger of developing meningitis or pneumonia). You’ll be treated with antibiotics during labour if the cotton swab test comes back positive.

Your health care provider will also check the position of your baby and your cervix for effacement and dilation — when the cervix stretches, thins and opens in preparation for childbirth — by doing a manual pelvic exam. Dilation is measured in centimeters; for example, you’re fully dilated at 10 centimetres and ready to start pushing.

Consider this mind-boggling piece of info: your uterus is 1,000 times bigger than it’s original size! Your baby is slowly dropping farther into your pelvis, a process called engagement or lightening. The pressure down below is amplified and may give you the sensation that your baby is going to fall out! Never fear, it won’t happen. Offset the heaviness with pelvic tilts and cat stretches.

The fetus lives in and is protected by a fluid-filled amniotic sac, referred to as the bag of waters. This membrane normally breaks — sometimes when you’re asleep — just before you go into labour. But it is possible for it to rupture hours or days prior to labour. You will feel a warm gush of water and then steady leaking. Once your water breaks, your baby is highly susceptible to infection so contact your doctor immediately (and refrain from bathing or having sex).

Baby’s World

She is roughly 49.5 cm. (19.5 in.) long and weighs between 2.5 and 2.75 kg (5.5 - 6 lb.); she’s about the size of a honeydew melon. Although she continues to put on weight, her growth has scaled back; she needs to fit through the narrow birth canal on her journey to the outside world. Her space is cramped so you might see an impression of her hand or foot pressed inside your bump. Your body is absorbing some of her amniotic fluid as it begins to decrease. Her digestive track won’t be tested until she drinks breast milk for the first time.

Fun Fact

As fat continues to deposit under his skin, tiny, adorable dimples are forming on her elbows, shoulders, hips and knees.

Weeks 33 & 34     Weeks 37 & 38

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