36 Weeks Pregnant

| September 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

By now, you should be going to the doctor every week so that he or she can check how soon the baby will be born. Remember to always bring the hospital bag you prepared everywhere you go so that you’ll always be ready to check in for labor, which could be anytime now. Remember, you need to be ready to go to the hospital at a moment’s notice.

How’s the baby coming on?

Development in the baby

By all means, your baby is now ready for life in the world outside his or her Mommy’s uterus. All that is now happening to him is some more fat accumulation in the knees, elbows, neck and wrists, creating those cute fat dimples and creases. If your baby is still in breach position (4% of all babies are), you may try to have an External Cephalic Version (ECV) done. ECV is the procedure of manually turning the baby through massage. Caesarian operation is another option, should you wish to opt for a more direct route.

Breach position

By the 36th weeks of pregnancy, your baby can turn position. Most babies turn into the normal and desired position – head down. However in around 4% of cases the baby turns into a breach position.

Changes inside the Mommy

Nutritious high-calorie food

You should now have gained about 11 to 13 kilograms during your pregnancy, and should be taking in about 2400 calories every day. Although this seems like a license to eat as much as you like, make sure you choose healthy and nutritious high-calorie food during this period. High-calorie foods are not necessarily chocolates and fast food; they may include a combination of healthy nuts, milk and eggs, meat, the occasional dessert, and fresh fruits and vegetables. The variety is bound to be helpful.

Group B Strep

You may be asked to take a simple test using a vaginal or rectal swab for Group B Strep (also called Beta Strep or GBS), which is a kind of bacteria living in humans. 25% of women are carriers without even knowing it; since there are no symptoms and the bacteria it-self isn’t even harmful to adults. GBS is not a sexually transmitted disease, so there’s no danger to your husband, but only to your baby. GBS can cause a baby’s lungs, brains or spinal cord to be inflamed or infected. 15% of affected children die from GBS.

Daddy needs to?

Discuss with your partner about your hopes and dreams for the future. Use this time to connect with your partner in a deeper level as you both wait for your baby to arrive.

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