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Your Third Trimester - Week 36


Week 36


What's Happening To Your Body

Continue eating healthy foods. You should be consuming about 2,400 to 2,500 calories a day of nutrient-packed foods like fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, beans and whole grains.

Most babies will be in a head-down position by this week. If your baby's feet or tailbone has descended into the birth canal first, also known as the breech position, your healthcare provider can recommend exercises to coax the baby to turn around, making delivery easier. Alternatively, your doctor may try to move the baby into the head-down position with his or her hands. You will probably need to go to the hospital for this so that you and your baby can be monitored during the procedure.

Your prenatal checks will now happen every week until your baby is born. Be sure to inquire about what you should do if your water breaks. Review your birth plan and make sure your doctor has a copy. 


What's Happening To Your Baby

Your baby is the size of a coconut. Your baby measures approximately 18.7 inches (47.5 cm) long from head to heel and weighs just under 6 pounds (2.7 kg).  

The bones in your baby’s skull can move and overlap each other, allowing the baby to pass through the tight birth canal more easily. Don't be surprised if your baby arrives with a pointy or misshapen head. It will become more round once the bones move back into place, anywhere between a few hours or days after birth.


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