36th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes

36th Week Pregnancy

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Does your house suddenly seem untidy and messy? Do you find yourself fighting an urge to get the broom and sweep all the cobwebs out of this world? Relax, because this is normal! When 36 weeks pregnant, you are now close to delivering your precious little princess and motherhood is testing you to the limit, pushing you to prepare your nest. The nesting instinct is as powerful in humans as it is among animals. As long you restrict the cleaning to low-impact physical activities like sweeping, mopping, etc. you don’t have much to worry. Read our post and learn all about 36th-week pregnancy here.

36 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms:

You will witness the following symptoms in or during 36th week of pregnancy:

  • Leaking breasts
  • Incontinence
  • Pain in the lower abdomen area
  • High blood pressure and high sugar levels
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain in the pelvic region
  • Edema
  • Increased frequency of false contractions
  • General uneasiness because of the growing tummy
  • Itching in the belly

Changes In Your Body:

By week 36, your body is almost ready for D-day. Most babies are born between week 37 and week 40; it is a matter of a week or two before you meet, greet and fuss all over your precious little princess. Physically, there’s not much going on because the baby has latched itself on to the pelvic area awaiting labor. But emotionally, you are nothing short of riding a roller coaster- sometimes you may be happy, and sometimes you feel weepy. And sometimes you are a firestorm that nobody dares approach! Here are some of the changes that you may experience during pregnancy week 36:

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1. Incontinence:

Your visits to the bathroom would now be more frequent than ever. At 36 weeks pregnancy, most babies drop into the pelvic region. The tremendous pressure on the bladder means that it cannot hold as much urine as it could earlier. The pregnancy hormone hCG increases blood flow to the pelvic region and the kidneys, allowing the body to dispose of waste immediately. Unfortunately, there’s little you can do. Perhaps, peeing twice (wait for a few seconds after you are done and then pee again) every time you go to the bathroom could help to empty your bladder completely. Don’t even think about cutting down on fluids, although restricting intake in the evenings could help. Your body needs fluids to prevent edema and urinary infection.

2. Baby Drops With Her Head Engaged In The Pelvis:

If the baby hasn’t ‘dropped’ until now, she will by this week, especially if you are a first-time moms. Your lungs and diaphragm now have space to expand giving you respite from the shortness of breath that you experience all the while. You’ll also be able to enjoy a full meal without heartburn.

3. Muscles In The Pelvic Area Are Loosened:

The pregnancy hormone hCG also loosens joints around your pelvis, which can change your gait to a waddle. The loose joints help the baby to push through the pelvic bones. You may experience pain around the abdomen and pelvic area. Warm baths and compresses around the lower back area can help alleviate the pain.

4. Vaginal Discharge:

Sometimes you may experience mucus like pinkish (sometimes red and sometimes brown) discharge, especially after sex or physical examination. It is called leucorrhea; it occurs when estrogen increases blood flow to the pelvic area. Although mildly smelly, the vaginal discharge keeps your birth canal infection free and maintains a healthy balance of good bacteria. Vaginal discharge is normal and not a cause for worry until the mucus like thing turns greenish and smells foul. Do not douche as douching interferes with the natural flora of the vagina. Use panty liners instead and keep the vaginal area clean and dry.

5. General Discomfort and Body Ache:

A growing tummy, loosened muscles and sleeplessness, all contribute towards general discomfort. Your body aches, especially in the lower abdomen, lower back, and hips. Warm baths and bed rest should help to cope.

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6. Insomnia:

A growing tummy means that you cannot (rather, should not) lie on your tummy, nor should you lie on your back. The only option out is to sleep on the sides leaving you uncomfortable and sleepless. Besides, it is never easy to sleep with a watermelon tied to your stomach! The only way out is to relax and keep all anxieties at bay. Stress only induces heartburn, which in turn, could keep you awake. Follow a daily bedtime routine- warm shower followed by a gentle massage or some soothing music can lull you to sleep. Wear clean and loose nightwear before sleep. Also, make sure that your bedding is clean and comfortable.

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