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By week thirty-six, your little one has become the size of a head of Romaine lettuce! Speaking of lettuce, are you getting plenty of leafy greens in your diet? Check out our informative food chart below to help you make strategic food decisions to maximize the health of both you and your baby.
Much of the waste baby is processing right now comes from the shedding of the fine, downy hair from their body in addition to the slow removal of vernix caseosa – that critical substance from earlier in your term that protected your little one from its full-covering of amniotic fluid.
Both above substances are being swallowed by baby, in addition to other secretions that ultimately result in a combination of elements referred to as meconium, which will form baby’s earliest bowel movements in the real world.
This week’s article is geared towards even more preparation, as the big day looms closer.
A comprehensive list of the types of minerals and vitamins you ought to be getting from your diet is listed below in printable form.
Read on below for more valuable information about week thirty-six of pregnancy!
Your Physical and Emotional Health
36 Weeks Pregnant
Your symptoms at week thirty-six of your pregnancy will, for the most part, remain static for the next couple of weeks. At this stage in your term, you and baby are still what’s referred to as “early term.” Full-term is counted at the thirty-nine to forty-week mark, the pre-thirty-seven-week mark is called early term, the point past forty-one weeks is late term, and the forty-two-weekmarkis classified as post-term.
For most women at this point in their pregnancy, their baby will be in an inverted-heads-down position. For women with babies that still haven’t made the downward shift, your doctor might recommend a simple procedure to manipulate baby’s body into the correct and optimal downwards position into your pelvis.
Baby is bigger than ever, and you may find it increasingly difficult to get a solid meal in. Although it may be arduous, try your best to snack throughout the day and aim to get as much protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals as you can.
On a more positive note, now that baby has shifted into an inverted position (for most women) you may have an easier time breathing and also experience significantly fewer heartburn symptoms
At-a-Glance Chart of Common Week 36 —>Due Date Pregnancy Symptoms
|Heartburn and other issues may decrease in severity due to a shifting of baby’s body
|Mucus-like discharge with streaks of blood is referred to as a mucus plug and is tasked with assisting in sealing the cervix area. If you are experiencing a mucus plug, it is an indicator that labor is coming soon|
|The ongoing enlargement of your uterus will place it at or above your rib cage||Clumsiness becomes more frequent as your baby bump continues to grow and dictate the quality of your movement|
|Strong movements from baby due to high amniotic fluid levels. Many Of your baby’s movements may feel particularly sharp and pronounced to your during this time||Fingernail changes are common. If you have fingernails that are brittle, try eating bananas, nuts, whole grains, and avocados to get plenty of biotin|
|Heavy, aching breasts can cause backaches and stomach pains. Try to mitigate the aches and pains by wearing a maternity bra with plenty of built-in support
|Dehydration affects many pregnant women during this time. It’s very common to be so wrapped up in your symptoms that you forget to take in adequate fluids. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking at least eight cups of water per day|
|Hip pain during this time will typically increase in severity. Make sure that you are not picking up heavy items and also take the time to sit down and rest frequently||A marked increase in theseverity of “practice” Braxton-Hicks contractions. Changing your position ought to make an episode of these contractions stop|
|An increased frequency of vaginal discharge is very common, and you may even feel like you are urinating. If you find yourself experiencing a sensation that feels like you are urinating, it may be an indication that your water has broken early.||Breathlessness: A decrease in breathlessness symptoms may occur. Referred to as lightening, women are able to breathe much easier as baby shifts in a downward position|
|Exhaustion; feelings of malaise severely impacted sleep; sleep with vivid and/or unsettling dreams/nightmares||Mood swings; emotional peaks and valleys; Anxiety, nervousness, fear, agitation|
|Hemorrhoids, gas, constipation, incessant urge to urinate||Leg cramps
Your Baby’s Health and Status
36 Weeks Pregnant
Weighing in at over six pounds and weighing nearly nineteen inches, your little baby is now about the size of an entire head of Romaine lettuce!
Hard at work shedding its downy-soft baby “fur” that had previously coated its body, baby is also rapidly shedding all of the vernix from its body – that waxy, smooth substance that used to completely coat their skin as protection from being submerged in amniotic fluid.
Still packing on the pounds at an intense rate, your little one will continue to grow by about an ounce per day. More than likely, baby will have made its momentous turn within your uterus and have taken the inverted, downward position that is optimal for the labor process.
A great occasion for both you and baby, this shift into your pelvic area results in immensely easier breathing, fewer heartburn symptoms, and most importantly, it signals that your little flower is ready to come out and bloom!
To-Do List, Tips, and Reminders
36 Weeks Pregnant
At the week thirty-four and thirty-five point, you should be getting ready for the big day and a birth plan should be firmly in place or in the midst of being finished up.
Additionally, your diet should be comprised of strategic choices that maximize opportunities to take in extra calcium, protein, iron, and many other vitamins and minerals.
|Name:||Due date or Induction Date:||I want these people in the delivery room:
List by name
|Partner’s name:||My preferred delivery method is: (circle one)
|Please note that I have the following conditions/diseases:
|Baby’s name||If I have a vaginal birth, I’d like: (circle as necessary)
|Delivery room preferences: (circle as necessary)
Cervical preparation preference: (Circle)
Cervical vaginal insert
|Doula or Midwife’s name:||Managing labor discomfort:
(Circle as necessary)Natural techniquesEx: warm water, breathingMassageHypnobirthing techniquesRegional analgesiaPlease do not offer me any pain medication – I will request it if I need it or want it
|Contractions aid: (Circle)
|Doctor’s name:||Y/N I have completed consent forms
Y/N I have completed insurance forms
Y/N I have completed cord blood materials and instructions
Y/N I have completed _______________________
|After-delivery: (circle as necessary)
Procedure for the umbilical cord:
I want__________to cut the cord
Delayed clamping and cutting of the cord
Send it to the cord blood bank
|Hospital name:||If my baby is a boy:
I do not want my baby circumcised prior to leaving the hospital
|I want to start breastfeeding:
(Circle as necessary)
As soon as possible post- delivery
When I feel comfortable
|Other individual:||I want to hold my baby for the first time: (circle one)
Immediately after delivery
After being wiped clean
After weighing and initial cleaning
|Use of the placenta:
Hospital’s to take
Take home – may require additional steps and paperwork
I want the placenta collected for banking
Week 36 until Due Date Tasks
|Classes and Safety||Conditions and Symptoms||Daily To-Do|
|Childbirth class||Dry, itchy eyes – get eye drops||Breathing exercises to become prepared for labor|
|Infant CPR class||Hand, finger, wrist pain- get supportive wrist brace||Eat healthy foods and stay well-hydrated
(A detailed chart with all the nutrients you need to be ingesting is included in next week’s article)
|Professionally, properly installed car seat||Depressive feelings- go to your doctor ASAP to reconcile this issue||Look out for signs of labor, early labor, and preeclampsia|
|Nursery set-up at home with crib, monitors, age-appropriate blankets, swaddles, and clothing
Ample supply of diapers, wipes, breastfeeding supplies or formula
|Severe symptoms of any kind – Make an immediate appointment with your doctor||Read over your Birth Plan
Try to engage in light exercise to build strength, stamina, and endurance for labor
Diet and Health
|Nutrients||Related Foods||Why it’s important|
|Eat: Omega-3 Fatty Acids||What: Shrimp, red snapper, salmon, tilapia, pollock, and catfish, DHA-labeled eggs
Avoid: Swordfish, tuna, and shark
|Why: Your baby receives nearly all of his or her Omega-3 fatty acids during the third and last trimester.
Thus, your final trimester is the time to ramp up your efforts on obtaining this nutrient for baby’s brain development and health
|Eat: Protein||What: Chicken, beef, turkey, seafood, eggs, beans, nuts, and seeds||Why: Protein is the driving force behind amino acid production making up the building blocks of innumerable cells throughout the body.
Necessary for muscle development, protein is required for you and baby
Strive to eat plenty of protein each day, with a minimum of about 71 grams (roughly three chicken breasts)
|Eat: Iron-rich foods||What:Winter squash, sweet potatoes, meat, poultry, mushrooms, green vegetables, fortified cereal, beans, raisins, pumpkin seeds||Why: Assists the formation of hemoglobin, which in turn, transports oxygen throughout the blood|
|Eat: Calcium||What: Milk, oranges, dates, figs, bok choy, oatmeal, kale, almonds, broccoli, tofu, cheese, yogurt, green leafy vegetables||Why: Absolutely critical to the formation of strong, hard, durable bones for your baby
Also helps you to maintain a healthy blood pressure
|Eat: Folic Acid||What: Beans, leafy green vegetables, oranges, avocado, strawberries asparagus||Why: Required for neural tube development within the brain and the spinal cord|
|Eat: Choline||What: Beef, egg yolks, avocados||Why: Assists in the development of your baby’s brain, nervous system, and neural tube|
|Eat: Zinc||What: Beef, pork, poultry, seafood, nuts, seeds, beans, peas, enriched grains and other enriched products||Why: Support your own immune system while enabling cell growth in your baby|
Every food choice you make these days has an impact on your soon-to-be-born baby. It can be exceedingly difficult to remember the various vitamins, minerals, and foods you should eat for yourself and baby.
This easy-to-read chart can help make your life just a bit simpler as you grow closer to your due date.
Preterm: Thirty-five week pregnancy
Early term: Thirty-six-week pregnancy
Full term: Thirty-nine to forty-week pregnancy
Late term: Forty-one-week pregnancy
Post-term: Forty-two-week pregnancy
External cephalic version: The term used by doctors when they apply gentle pressure on your abdomen to coax baby into an inverted, head-down position for labor
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