>36 Weeks

21 Aug

>Wow, 36 weeks! I will be full term in just one more week!

How Big is the Baby at 36 Weeks Pregnant?

By 36 weeks pregnant your baby is now 5.9 pounds and is about 18.6 inches or more long! Your little one will soon enter the ranks of heavyweight champs as you continue pregnancy week by week and he approaches delivery!

Your Baby’s Growth and Development

Your baby is still working on putting on weight during pregnancy week 36. While that may not seem very exciting, keep in mind this is his primary job from now until delivery. Round babies are healthy babies. This is probably the one time in your baby’s life they can put on pounds with wild abandon. If you were to peak inside your womb, you’d probably see your baby giddy with glee.

Did you know that some researchers believe your baby actually releases a signal to trigger labor? There are actually several different theories. Some believe that when your baby’s brain is completely mature it sends a signal to the fetal adrenal glands. These glands then start to secrete the hormone cortisol, which may alter the metabolism of estrogen and progesterone, resulting in labor.

Other researchers have postulated that the fetal lungs secrete signals indicating they are mature, as well as enzymes that result in the release of prostaglandins, which help the cervix ripen and help the uterus to contract. This is highly likely as the body does release prostaglandins around the time of birth.

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We had our first Lamaze class this past Tuesday and we are looking forward to our next one already! The first class was more an introduction to Labor & Delivery in general. We got to watch a birthing video…I think Michael handled it better than I. It did not help I was super nauseous that morning to begin with. This Tuesday we will begin learning the actual Lamaze breathing techniques and further understanding of L&D and what I can do in early labor to help things to progress smoothly (and not freak out before getting my epidural).

As I posted below, if anyone is interested in checking out the rest of our maternity pictures you can do so by going to the link below. Thanks so much to Shannon for the great pictures.

We have another OB appointment on Monday and I am a little nerves about having my first internal/ Group B strep test but I’m sure it will be fine. I am interested to find out if I am dilated at all.

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I am feeling good, anxious, but good. I have been experiencing some morning/afternoon sickness again but nothing as terrible as in first trimester.

This week Michael & I are working hard on finishing getting the apartment baby-ready, packing our hospital bags & installing Jude’s car seat (and having it checked).

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