Week 36



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You could be excited, really tired, and even a bit impatient for baby to arrive.

If your baby’s head has ‘engaged’ (entered the pelvic cavity), you might be feeling more pressure lower down in your pelvis. You might even feel baby’s head putting pressure on your cervix, which can be quite uncomfortable. You’ll probably need to go to the toilet even more often.

The good news is that as baby moves downwards, it does tend to get a bit easier for you to breathe.

This can be a good time to stop working if you can. Having some time for yourself before the baby is born can help you feel more rested and prepared. If you can, make the time to rest and do special things you really enjoy.

If you can’t stop work just yet, consider cutting down your hours if possible, or doing lighter duties. Talk with your employer about what’s possible and discuss any concerns with your midwife or doctor.

You’ll probably have weekly visits with your midwife or doctor from now on. Even if you’re planning a vaginal birth, it’s worth finding out about caesareans. This way, you’ll know what to expect if you end up needing to have one in an emergency. You can read more about vaginal birth and caesarean birth.

You might be offered a GBS test this week or at your next appointment.

Thinking about being a parent

‘What does being a parent mean to me?’ ‘How can I be a good parent?’

Thinking about these questions can help set you up for a rewarding and realistic experience. Becoming a parent can give you a huge sense of meaning and purpose. You might already be looking forward to things that you’ll do with your child, or thinking about special routines, activities or times with your parents that you want to keep going with your own child.

View our parents’ reflections video to hear mums and dads talk about what it means to be a parent.

Your baby

This is what baby is doing:

  • Baby is about 34 cm from head to bottom, and weighs about 2.5 kg.
  • Baby’s head is more in proportion to its body.
  • Most babies’ heads ‘engage’ at this stage. Some don’t for a few more weeks, and some don’t until labour starts.

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