Development Week 36
Fat is deposited on the cheeks of your baby this week and powerful sucking muscles also contribute to your baby's full face. Your baby is nearing the 6 pounds (2622 grams) mark although she won't be quite there yet.
Getting Things Done
Since you are 36 weeks pregnant, that means there is only about a month to go before baby is born. Now might be a good time to do all the interesting things related to your pregnancy, like taking a tour of the hospital's birth facilities, putting the final touches on the baby nursery and ensuring that your house is going to be safe for the new addition to the family.
Your baby could drop into the birth canal now at any moment(also known as lightening). So make sure you have your hospital bags packed and everything is organized for when the magical time comes. Starting this week, you may begin to see your health care provider every week. Your doctor or midwife may give you an internal exam to determine if cervical effacement (thinning of the cervix) or dilation (opening of the cervix) has begun. Your appetite may return because the baby is no longer putting as much pressure on your stomach and intestines and, if you've been experiencing heartburn, the baby's descent into the birth canal may somewhat alleviate it.
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