Weighs up to 5 pounds and is about the size of a spaghetti squash.
Your little one acts more like a newborn now, closing his or her eyes when sleeping and opening them when awake.
Your baby is taking up most of the space in the amniotic sac as he or she gets bigger, so there’s less fluid to cushion kicks. Are you feeling your little one’s movements more sharply?
Frequent trips to the bathroom, leg cramps, breathlessness, trouble sleeping — even Braxton Hicks contractions. Already! They’re all signs that your baby is preparing to make his or her way into the world. Your body needs rest, so take naps when you can. And continue to eat a diet that includes omega-3 fatty acids from foods like salmon and walnuts. They’re especially good for your baby’s brain and vision development.
At 36 weeks, you may be waddling when you walk, and you may experience pain or discomfort as your baby’s head, along with your larger uterus, makes walking uncomfortable. These symptoms should improve when your baby drops farther into your pelvic cavity and your body gets ready for childbirth.
To do list:
Pack your hospital bag.
Wrap up loose ends at work.
Practice the breathing and relaxation techniques you learned in childbirth class.
Track your baby’s movements:
Lie down on your side or relax in a comfortable chair.
Make a note of the time.
Pay attention only to your baby’s movements. Count any movement that you can feel (except hiccups). Any twist, kick, or turn is 1 movement.
After you count 10 movements, check the time and record on the card how many minutes it took.
If your baby does not kick or move within 1 hour
Do some or all of these things and then try again:
Eat or drink something, like fruit or juice.
Lie on your left side.
Walk around for 5 minutes.
Call us right away if your baby: