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36 Weeks Pregnant: What's Going On

Your Baby at 36 Weeks Pregnant

How sweet the sound. Your baby loves hearing you read or sing. In fact, studies show that newborns prefer the sound of their mother's voice over other voices. Research has also found that newborns show a preference for a song that was played to them repeatedly while they were in the womb. It's not too late to start: Pick a time each day to play or sing a favorite song, or read your baby a story.

The incredible, shapable skull. Your baby's head is specially designed to travel through your cervix and pelvis. The bones in his skull aren't fused together yet; this loose construction facilitates his trip down the birth canal without harming him or you. These bones will gradually fuse over the first year of life.

Measuring up. Your little one weighs between 5.5 and 6 pounds this week and measures nearly 19 inches.

Your Pregnancy at 36 Weeks 

Step up the checkups. Most healthcare providers will want to see you weekly starting at 36 weeks. Your provider will also check your blood pressure during each visit and make sure your urine doesn't contain any protein. High blood pressure and protein in the urine are potential warning signs of preeclampsia, a condition of pregnancy that can be risky to you and the baby.

Living large. Your uterus is now a thousand times its original volume. (Since it's up under your ribs, making breathing more and more difficult, this fact may not come as a surprise to you!) You may have put on 25 to 30 pounds by now. Over the next four weeks, it's likely you'll gain only a few more pounds, or nothing at all. Your uterus may not be the only thing expanding. Even if edema (the medical term for swelling caused by excess fluid) hasn't troubled you up to now, you may retain more fluid in the last month of pregnancy.

Take it easy now. Whenever you can, take a few minutes to rest with your feet elevated or lie on your left side. Both positions will increase circulation, getting the fluid in your extremities moving. A note of caution: Reducing your fluid intake will not reduce edema. You still need plenty of water each day to clear waste through the kidneys, move your bowels, and keep your blood volume up.

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5/24/2016
Loving each cycle of My pregnancy. Reading all this articles makes me more and more excited to get to know what Will happen next week.

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EsmeraldaMG 4/29/2016
Just a few weeks to go and I cannot wait to have my baby here. It is very interesting to see how my body has changed and all the new sensations that come with those changes.

Excited

csiddons11 3/2/2016
I love reading what's in store each week

Ladybug

12/31/2015
Trying to keep track of my fluid intake but super hard with a 1 yr old toddler.

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12/27/2015
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