You are very close now, as by the end of this week you will be considered full-term. But remember that every extra day that your baby gets to stay inside you makes him more self-reliant, so as much as you feel that you are ready to get him out, keeping him in the oven for as long as possible is the way to go. With only a few more weeks to go, you are ready to embark on the journey of your lifetime. Of course, no matter how prepared you are, there is very little that you can do to predict when the big day will be.

What’s happening with you

week 36 of pregnancyYou may be at your wit’s end with the kicking and jousting but what you may experience out of the blue is a sudden ‘lightening”. This is what people refer to the belly having dropped in readiness for birthing which will follow shortly. But if you thought you made too many bathrooms trips as it is; you may want to camp out in the bathroom permanently now with the baby resting directly on your bladder.

Once this dropping has happened, you should prepare for this saga to be over within the next few weeks. Make sure that you are fully aware of what labor symptoms are like, so that you don’t chalk it up to another late pregnancy symptom. Your water-breaking, substantial mucousy spotting called show and contractions that get closer in frequency are some signs that should have you heading to the hospital after calling hubby.

You may also find yourself eating less at mealtimes due to the pressure in the pelvic area. Do not concern yourself about this as digestion will become easier with smaller meals. With your abdomen sharing the space with your watermelon sized uterus and baby, you may also be experiencing increased heartburn this week. So tell your mother-in-law to hold off on the giant makki ki rotis until after the baby gets here. Her grandchild is not going to starve because you chose to eat half of what you normally do!

What’s happening with your baby

Your baby is putting on as much as half a pound each day. The baby will need all this fat to regulate his own body temperature considering he has been living in a climate-controlled and rent-free womb for 36 weeks! Did you know that your baby can see, feel and touch even in the cozy confines of your belly.

All the systems of your baby from the circulatory to the musculoskeletal are a go except for the digestive system, which will kick into gear when he gets his first taste of your breast milk. The baby is now just over 18 inches long and close to 5 ¾ pounds (2.6 kgs), about the size of a tetrapak of juice! Hang in there; you will be holding your baby before you know it.