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36 Weeks Pregnant: What's Happening

One month to go!

Your baby is still piling on the pounds and ounces and will hopefully be in the optimal position for delivery; head down and her back to your belly or side. If the baby is breached, your OB may suggest booking you in for and ECV or external cephalic version this may help manipulate baby into the head down position. This is done by applying pressure through you tummy to help push the baby around.

Pregnancy calendar - 36 weeks

Your baby is now the size of a...

Papaya!

An average baby measures about 18.7 inches from crown to heel and weighs in around 5.8 pounds during week 36 of being pregnant.

Pregnancy symptoms at 36 weeks

Pelvic discomfort, trouble sleeping, swollen ankles and feet and Braxton Hicks contractions.

Tips and advice for pregnancy at 36 weeks

Have you decided whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby? Although the WHO recommends breast milk as the best form of infant nutrition, the decision about how to feed your child is a personal one. Talk to your health doctor or doula or a lactation consultant if you need more information before making your choice.

The milk glands in your breasts may have started to make colostrum by now. Colostrum is the pre-milk that provides your baby with calories and nutrients for the first few days before your milk comes in if you plan to breastfeed. For some women, it is thin and watery. For others, it is thick and yellowish. If you notice your breasts leaking colostrum, you can buy disposable or washable breast pads to protect your clothing.

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