Your Baby's Growth:
At 36 weeks, your baby is continuing to gain weight at a rate of around 28g a day. Your baby can weigh almost 2.7kg (6 lbs) and measure 47cm long. No wonder you feel tired!
Another sensation at this time may be that it feels as though your belly is dropping. This is because the baby is settling down for delivery and this is often called engaging. You may feel that you have more room to breath and eat now as your organs become less squashed! One draw back to the baby engaging is that it may feel uncomfortable to walk at this stage. But rest assured that by the end of the week your pregnancy is classed as full term and the end is in sight!
By this point, your baby has fully hardened bones and developed organs and strengthening muscles. Wait til you feel that clenching power! Now your baby is also shedding most of the thin layer of hair similar to down, that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin while in the womb.
From the Eyes of a TBS Mama...
This week I am feeling more and more tired. It doesn't help that my youngest son is not sleeping well due to a cold and I am feeling more uncomfortable in bed. I have also seen a return to the morning sickness, strangely enough, which is obviously a drag too.
On the up side, there is now only 18 days until my planned c-section date and I am looking forward to meeting my baby! My nesting instincts have well and truly kicked in this week and I have to stop myself from doing too much whilst my husband is at work.
I have an appointment with my consultant next week to find out whether or not the baby is still breech (I believe that to be the case as I am still feeling painful kicks very low) and to discuss the surgery. I have a few questions I want to ask with regards to the actual surgery, pain relief and other things. I'm going to write them down because my memory seems to be quite poor these days!
I will leave you this week with a quote from one of my favourite songs by an artist called Ben Folds. It's taken from a song called Gracie, where he sings about the birth of his beautiful daughter:
"You can't fool me, I saw you when you came out,
You got your momma's taste but you got my mouth."
This is particularly relevant to my husband and I this week as we have been discussing who the baby might look like!
Got back to Week 35