36th week of pregnancy
The 36th weekends the 9th month of your pregnancy. Your planned date of birth is four weeks, which means that you are going to the pregnancy counseling center every week.
What a baby looks like at the 36th week of pregnancy
Your nails are entirely overlapping your fingertips. The face of a baby has an artificial skin and a distinctive mimic that the fruit of the world communicates with her emotions. Lanugo disappeared from most of the baby's skin. The baby's kidney is fully developed and fulfills its function. Also, the liver can handle some waste materials.
Fetus size at week 36 of pregnancy
The baby measures from top to bottom about 34 cm, the whole body 47 cm. Its weight is approximately 2.5 kg. The baby is still waiting for proper weight gain - it takes about 1 kg to give birth.
Pregnancy symptoms at week 36
The joints of the pelvis are being prepared for parturition, which can cause higher sensitivity or pain in the area. The weight of the uterus with the baby simultaneously pushes the pelvis and the nerves of the lower limbs, which may be unpleasant to you. Avoid long-standing and sitting in one position.
Restless leg syndrome
Especially in the last trimester, some restless legs syndrome occurs in some pregnant women. It is an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. In the legs, you also feel uncomfortable feelings, itching, cramps, burning, and pain. These conditions worsen with the arrival of the evening and night. Temporary relief can bring you massage and leg stretching.
Changes in the uterus
Last week, the tops of the uterus were highest for the entire pregnancy. From now on, the uterus begins to descend, due to shortening of the cervix gradually. You also feel stronger and more frequent uterine contractions that your body is preparing for delivery.
Gynecological examination at week 36
In this week, you are going through a classic gynecological exam where you are considering, measuring the pressure, assessing the overall health, examining the pain, and analyzing the urine. The doctor also listens to the heartbeat of the fetus. Additionally, you will perform a vaginal cult to detect the presence of Group B streptococcal infection.
Streptococcal infection of group B
Streptococcus agalactiae occurs in approximately 20% of women. Mostly it does not cause any problems, but it can be transmitted to the fetus at birth. Disease in the newborn may cause various serious complications, such as pneumonia or inflammation of the brain. Therefore, in positive women, an antibiotic is given in infusion during delivery.