Useful? Share it!

36 weeks pregnant – pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy Week by Week Calendar - 36 weeksWoot, woot – not long to go! Now you are 36 weeks pregnant, you might be finishing up at work this week for a well-earned break before baby arrives. Just make sure you’re resting more than nesting!

36 weeks pregnant – development guide

Your body

From this point, appointments with your healthcare provider will be weekly. Your weight gain will probably only be about 500 grams a week.

Pregnant woman with visible uterus and fetus week 36

With only a few weeks until your baby is due to arrive, most working women give up work or go on maternity leave about now. You may also find that you have an insatiable desire to clean and tidy up the house. This is called nesting and is totally normal… even for those who have not been very domesticated prior to pregnancy! Just remember to be safe with cleaning chemicals and don’t go climbing any ladders or lifting anything heavy.

Your baby

Most babies are now in position for birth, with their head down towards the birth canal. A small percentage may be breech, with their bottoms or their feet first. Weekly development of a human fetus - week 36You may even feel pressure on the pelvic bones as your baby’s head engages. You may feel a grating sensation as the head moves and rubs against your bones. This won’t harm the baby as the skull is still soft enough to change shape as necessary to travel through the birth canal at full term. On the upside, you may find your breathing is easier now that the baby has dropped.

SIGN UP: Have this in your inbox each week! Sign up to our Pregnancy Week-By-Week emails

3 things to do now you’re 36 weeks pregnant

Talk to family and friends about visiting you and your baby

Family and friends will want to meet your new baby and congratulate you. And having them around can be extremely valuable during this time – they can support you and your partner, help with small jobs so you can focus on the baby and reassure you when you’re worried or concerned. Please accept their help – if you ever in your life need an extra pair of hands it is now – it takes a village to raise a mother too! If you feel overwhelmed by visitors however remember you can say no. Maybe share this article on 8 ways you can help a new mum with friends and family.

Have a hair cut and maybe a mani-pedi too!

Head off to the salon to get a hair cut before baby is born or indulge in a pedicure to have the toenails painted, despite possibly not having seen your toes for quite a few weeks now. A pamper session is not only well-earned, it is also a good chance to recharge your batteries for the upcoming birth and newborn baby you’re soon to meet.

Have a pregnancy belly cast made

If you’re interested in preserving this special time in your life you can look into have a pregnancy belly cast made. Search our directory for local business who specialise in pregnancy belly casts.

This content is meant as a guide only. If you find anything worrying or unsettling, or experience any bleeding or spotting, contact your local GP, obstetrician or an emergency healthcare provider immediately.

Post your comment

Comment Guidelines : Play nice! We welcome opinions, discussion and compliments. Especially compliments. But remember: the person on the other side of the computer screen is someone's mum, brother, nan or highly intelligent but opinionated cat. We don't tolerate nastiness or bullying. We'll delete disrespectful comments and any replies to them. more

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

If you have a Gravatar, it will appear next to your comments. Read more about Gravatars here


Prove you're human ... *

L'il Aussie Prems FoundationAn Australian charity supporting families of premature babies & children. The charity assists families who are at high ...
FORUMS - chatting now ...
IVF babies due March/April/May 2017#2pregnancy and babies through IVF
Help! Clexane and pregnantpregnancy and babies through IVF
Delightful DecemberConception & Fertility General Chat
How many Presents for Christmas?General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
Is this a faint positive result or just a indent line?Pregnancy Tests & Help / Support with Results
How normal is gas at this age?Newborns (0 - 2 months)
"Made bed time less anxious"
by Meld85
My Little Heart Whisbear - the Humming Bear reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›
back to top