Pregnancy Weeks 35 - 36
Pregnancy Week 35
Successful breastfeeding takes practice and there is a lot to learn about it. Women sometimes can have problems with their nipples. Their nipples may not protrude from the dark area around the nipple called the areola. They are said to have inverted nipples. Latching happens when your baby is successful in sucking your nipple. Initially the latching may happen only with the nipple causing you discomfort. You should practice relatching until the baby gets latched to the nipple as well as the areola.
Little after the birth of the baby, your family will be having a tough time handling visitors. It is important at times to spare a week’s time to yourself. Do not hesitate to ask your visitors for any help you may need from them. They also need to be healthy in order to avoid any possible infection to the baby.
Older siblings also need to be ready for the new family member. Don’t let them feel ignored. Spending time with them and making them feel they are special to you will surely make them feel cared. Ask them to help you look after the baby. For them to easily adjust, a favorite toy can help.
The baby can now hear your internal organs and your voice. You can talk and read to the baby now. Your uterus is almost full by now.
Baby’s height is 18.2 inches and weight is 2383 g. Compared to the beginning of pregnancy, weight gain is likely to be more during the later stages. Now, every week the baby will increase half a pound in weight.
Pregnancy Week 36
Weekly visits to your doctor are advised during the last month. Opening of your cervix (dilation) is checked on every visit. With a 10 cm width opening you are all set for delivery. Bleeding from the mucus plug or due to capillaries being ruptured may be noticed as the cervix thins to give space for baby.
It is normal for a few women to be more charged during the final stages. They start preparing their home for their baby. Even though much excited, you should take care to avoid too much strain at this stage. It is a good idea to stock up food as you will hardly have any cooking time after delivery.
If your baby is not in the breach position (head up), there is no need to worry. It may either turn over during delivery or this could be done manually by your doctor through external cephalic version (rarely done nowadays). Your doctor will not stop your labor if during this time you start feeling labor pains. At this time, you will feel the baby moving down to your pelvis. Also you will have more bathroom visits as your bladder gets full easily due to the restricted space. The baby is very likely ready now with the head in downward position.
The development of the lungs is in its final stages now. As the baby makes way into the extra uterine environment, it accumulates more fat in order to get insulated outside. As fat increases, the wrinkled skin of the baby becomes smoother. Rigidity of the baby’s gums also occurs.
The baby’s weight is 5.78 pounds (2622 grams) and height is 18.66 inches (47.4 cm).
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