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Week of gestation: 36 weeks
Equals to month: beginning of 9th month
Equals to days: 246 to 252 days of gestation
At the 36th week of pregnancy, the baby continues to grow and has more weight, the skin is smoother and the lanugo, which is the thin layer of hair under the skin, begins to disappear.
At this stage of pregnancy, most babies are already turned upside down, in the position for birth. However, some babies may take a little longer, usually up to the 37th week to turn.
During this week, the woman may continue to experience symptoms of frequent urination, Braxton-Hicks contractions, or swelling in the hands or feet.
At the 36th week of pregnancy, the baby continues to grow and its weight increases, and there is not as much space in the uterus to move around. The sleep-wake cycle is becoming more developed, having a more peaceful sleep, and when you sleep, you have rapid eye movements (REM), which is the important sleep phase in the processing of memories and knowledge.
The baby's skin is already smoother, due to the accumulation of fat on the skin, and it is starting to lose the lanugo, which is a thin layer of hair under the skin. The eyelids are already smoother and continue to develop, and the eyebrows and eyelashes are fully formed. Muscles are getting stronger, and memory and brain cells continue to develop.
At this stage of pregnancy, most babies are already in the birth position, turned upside down, although the head is not yet fitted into the woman's pelvis.However, some babies can take up to 37 weeks to turn, which should be evaluated by the obstetrician until the end of the pregnancy. Check out some exercises that can help your baby turn upside down.
Baby size and weight
The size of a baby at 36 weeks gestation is about 46.8 centimeters measured from head to toe and about 32.9 centimeters from head to butt, equivalent to the size of a Swiss chard. The baby's weight this week is about 2.7 Kg.
Changes in a woman's body
At the 36th week of pregnancy, a woman may have gained about 7 to 11 kg, which corresponds to the weight of the fetus, placenta, amniotic fluid and uterus. Check out how many pounds she can gain during pregnancy.
In addition, due to the greater volume of blood circulating in the body and the weight of the uterus on the veins and arteries of the pelvic region, which can hinder the circulation and return of blood from the feet and legs to the heart, the A woman may experience fluid retention, which can cause swelling in the hands or feet and also contribute to weight gain.
During this week of pregnancy, a woman may continue to have symptoms of frequent urination and Braxton-Hicks contractions.
Care during the 36th week
At the 36th week of pregnancy, some precautions are important to help alleviate the discomforts that may arise, such as:
- Swelling in the legs or feet: not standing too long, and placing your feet higher than your body, supporting your feet when you need to sit, help improve blood circulation in the legs and helps to prevent swelling in the legs or feet. In addition, regular exercise, such as walking or swimming, as directed by your doctor, can help lessen this discomfort. However, if the swelling doesn't improve, starts suddenly, or has swelling in your hands and face, you should seek medical help right away, as it could be a sign of preeclampsia. Learn more about preeclampsia and how it is treated;
- Frequent urge to urinate: do not hold urine, as leaving urine trapped in the bladder can increase the risk of urinary tract infection. In addition, despite the increase in urinary frequency due to the weight of the uterus on the bladder, a woman should not reduce her water intake as dehydration increases the risk of premature birth;
- Braxton-Hicks Contractions: drinking a glass of water, doing relaxation or deep breathing exercises, or taking a warm bath for up to 30 minutes can help relieve the discomfort of contractions. In addition, it is recommended to move the body, changing position, taking a light walk, or resting if the woman was very active when the contractions started. However, if the contraction is strong, very frequent or accompanied by other symptoms such as back pain, vaginal bleeding or liquid discharge, medical help should be sought immediately, as the woman may have gone into labor.Know the signs of labor;
During the entire pregnancy, it is important to follow medical recommendations, carry out prenatal consultations, take folic acid or supplements and do physical activities recommended by the obstetrician, as they allow you to control your weight better, improve sleep quality and strengthen the muscles.
In addition, you should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and have a nutritious and balanced diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to ensure the supply of essential nutrients for the baby's development and help to control weight gain during pregnancy. See how to eat during pregnancy.
From the 36th week of pregnancy, prenatal consultations should occur more frequently, at least once a week until the baby is born.
In these consultations, it is possible for the obstetrician to assess the woman's blood pressure, weight, uterus height, baby's position, heartbeat and fetal movements, for example. Understand better how prenatal care is done.