Hey would-be-mom, you are now 36 weeks pregnant! or in your 37th week if that is how you count it.
How your baby is growing
Congratulations! By the end of this week, your pregnancy may be complete. Your baby can be born any day now. All infants are different but a normal 37-week old is generally about 18 inches tall and weighs between 2.5 to 3 kg. Most of your baby’s system are fully developed now and almost ready for the outside world. His blood circulation is working perfectly and the immune system will be able to fend off infections outside the womb. The lungs though fully developed will be jump started once your baby is outside the amniotic fluid. The digestive system is the only notable exception which will take some time to develop after birth. This is because your baby is being fed by the umbilical cord and the digestive system though developed hasn’t been operational. Read more information about the growth this week of your baby.
How your life is changing
Your baby is gradually dropping inside you and you may start to feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen. This is called lightening or engagement. Your lungs and stomach will eventually get an opportunity to stretch a little, making digestion and breathing easier. However, walking may become increasingly uneasy – some women even say it seems like the baby will drop out. (Do not worry, it cannot happen!) You may feel like you have to pee all the time. Don’t worry its because of the increased pressure on the urinary bladder. Some women may also experience urinary incontinence during this period. Hope you have been practicing your pelvic floor exercises as they are a real help during this time.
Walking does become increasingly difficult during this period as the baby’s head pushes down into your pelvis. You may have adopted a penguin-like waddle which is common among women at your stage. Don’t worry the D-day is round the corner, will happen any day now!
Now is the time your dream of having your baby will become a reality, after those nine long months of waiting and what not! Make sure you are in constant touch with your spouse. You need his emotional support and he may have to drive you down to the hospital when the moment arrives. Ensure that your car is always ready and the hospital kit is packed. Also, if possible you should ask your mother-in-law or your mother to be present during the time. It is always comforting to have friends and family around at this time.