Pregnancy Week 36

Pregnancy Week 36
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Mother:

You will probably start to see your practitioner every week until you give birth. You may have a vaginal exam to screen for Group B Strep (GBS).

Most babies will be in a head down position at this point. However, about 4% of the babies will be breech. Do not panic! There are plenty of things that you can do to encourage the baby to turn, including special exercises. If the exercises do not work, your practitioner may want to attempt an external cephalic version (ECV).

The ECV is a manual turning of the baby.

Baby:

The baby continues to grow and snuggle down into your pelvis. The benefit of this is that you can breathe more easily, however, you also have to urinate more often. Your practitioner will probably not stop your labor if you were to start having regular contractions now.

Baby weighs about five pounds two ounces (2.3 kilograms) and measures 45 cms or 17.8 inches. Although here at the end there is a larger margin of difference among babies. Ask your practitioner to palpate (feel through your abdomen) to guesstimate the weight. Remember it is just a guess, although some are better than others. It is also important to remember that while your baby has a lot of things already prepared, there is a significant development going on in his or her brain and lungs. These last weeks make a huge difference in your baby's life.

Dad/Partner:

Since her prenatal appointments are every week now, you might want to go with her to check in with her midwife or doctor. If you are planning a home birth you may have a special visit from your home and your birth kit may have arrived already.

Readers Share:

Twitter and Facebook are social networking sites.

More and more moms are using these social networking types of sites in labor to let people know what is going on and even ask questions. Would you Twitter in labor? What about Facebook? What would your tweets and messages look like? Would you do it? Consider turning off your Facebook wall to prevent other people from accidentally announcing your baby's arrival. This also can keep people from annoying you in these last weeks of pregnancy.

Will you Twitter in labor?

Twin Tips:

Most vaginally born twins are born within an hour of each other, though this can vary from one right after the other, to several hours. You and the babies will be monitored to ensure the process does not need to be sped up.

You are getting closer to your time of birth statistically, though some twin moms will go past their 40 week due date. You are seeing your practitioner weekly, if not more for a non-stress test. Hang in there - the end is in sight!

Suggested Reading:

The Baby Book by Dr. William and Martha Sears
A pediatrician's family inspired this book and his theory of parenting.

Up-to-date medical information allowing you to make the choices necessary to raise a healthy, happy child.

There will be slight differences in everyone's growth and fetal development. Any problems should be reported to your practitioner.

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