How did the 36-week-old fetus develop?
The baby is now the size of a bunch of cabbage, about 47 cm long from head to heel and weighs nearly 2.7kg.
The tiny fetus she saw on an ultrasound machine has now become a full 36-week-old baby. Your baby’s cheeks now form fat and muscle to suckle well, contributing to the baby’s chubby face.
The bones that would later form the baby’s skull are now moving and overlapping while the baby’s head is protected in the mother’s pelvis. This phenomenon is called skull molding and it will protect the baby’s head while the baby is born. At birth, your baby may have a sharp tip or disfigured head but you do not need to worry, because, after a few hours or a few days, the baby’s head will return to normal in the original circular shape.
Maternal body changes at 36 weeks gestation
How does the mother’s body change?
When the baby occupies too much space in the uterus, the mother may have difficulty eating normally. You can divide into several small regular meals instead of eating only three meals. On the other hand, the symptoms of heartburn and shortness of breath in previous weeks will be significantly reduced and you will feel more comfortable when your baby starts moving down towards your mother’s pelvis. This process is called colic and usually occurs a few weeks before birth if this is the first baby of the mother. If the mother had given birth earlier, it probably would not have happened until labor.
By 36 weeks, when your baby moves down, you will feel an increased pressure in the lower abdomen. This can make walking more uncomfortable and may require frequent and frequent urination. If the baby is in a low position, the mother may feel a lot of pressure and vaginal discomfort. Some women say it feels like they’re wearing a bowling ball between their legs.
She may experience fake contractions more often from now on, so be sure to look at the signs of labor with your doctor. As a general rule, if the mother is full-term, her pregnancy is not complicated, and her amniotic fluid is not broken, the doctor will instruct the mother to wait until the contraction lasts every five minutes. times throughout the hour, each lasting approximately one minute. At the beginning of the labor signs above, she goes to the clinic or hospital immediately.
Also, you should call your doctor right away if your mother feels the fetus is inactive or thinks she is leaking amniotic fluid, has a vaginal bleeding, fever, or you feel a severe, persistent headache, persistent abdominal pain, or dizziness.
What are the things mothers should note?
For most pregnant mothers, week 36 is the end of pregnancy and the end of weight gain. You may find that your weight has not increased, but may have decreased in the last few weeks. You should not worry, the baby does not lose any weight at all.
In fact, by the time your pregnancy reaches 36 weeks, keeping weight (or losing weight) is one of the ways your mother’s body is ready for childbirth. The amount of amniotic fluid and the release of the mother’s intestines during labor can also reduce the mother’s weight.
Doctor’s advice about 36 weeks of pregnancy
The mother should discuss it with the doctor?
The doctor will tell you the signs of labor to call the doctor in time and go to the hospital or clinic (for example, when the contractions are 5–7 minutes apart). At 36 weeks of pregnancy, the labor may be uneven, so moms are not sure if they are going to give birth, so they should call a doctor. The doctor can tell mom if it is real labor when listening to her voice on the phone.
What tests should mom know?
During the 36-week gestation period, the mother will spend most of her time at the clinic observing fetal development and maternal health. These visits will be very interesting: doctors will estimate the size of the baby and can even predict the time the baby will be born. Depending on the specific needs of the mother and the doctor’s examination, the mother will have the following tests and tests:
- Measure weight
- Measuring blood pressure (maternal blood pressure may be higher than in the middle of pregnancy)
- Measure sugar and protein in the urine
- Check your arms and legs for symptoms of swelling and varicose veins during pregnancy
- Examining the inside of the cervix to measure the dilatation and enlargement of the uterus, preparing the baby for birth
- Measure the height of the uterine bottom
- Measuring fetal heart rate
- Check the fetus by touching, manipulating the abdomen from the outside. You will know the baby’s size, the direction of rotation, and the lying position.
If you have any problems or questions, especially those related to childbirth, including the frequency and length of contractions and other symptoms you have experienced, especially abnormal symptoms, see your doctor and specialist for the timely help.
Maternal and fetal health at 36 weeks
What do mothers need to know to ensure safety during pregnancy?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective method for 36 weeks of pregnancy. Studies have shown that acupuncture is effective for stress, morning sickness, hip, and lower back pain. Acupuncture also helps to turn the baby’s position on his stomach or back, treating mild to moderate depression.
Acupuncture is not an alternative to medical care during pregnancy. However, it brings many benefits and health care for mothers and babies because it has very few side effects. Therefore, many pregnant women seek this method instead of drug treatment for some common problems during pregnancy.
2. Sexual intercourse
Mothers should not have sex in the last trimester of pregnancy if:
- The mother’s placenta is located near the cervix. In the case of placenta praevia, if the penis comes into contact with the cervix, it can damage the placenta and cause dangerous bleeding for the 36-week-old fetus
- Mother had vaginal bleeding
- The mother broke amniotic fluid. If this happens, the baby will not be protected against infection
- Mother had a history of preterm birth
- Mother with cervical insufficiency.