During week 36 of your pregnancy, you may experience your baby dropping into the birth canal if this is your first pregnancy. This is called “dropping” or “lightning.” Don’t worry, it is perfectly natural and doesn’t mean your baby is getting ready to be delivered early.
What to Expect with Physiological Development
At this stage in the pregnancy, your baby’s weight gain will begin to slow down dramatically. It doesn’t mean it’s going to stop, but things are going to settle in because she’s getting ready to be born.
Your baby’s hearing is also continuing to improve and become sharp. She may even be able to recognize your voice and certain songs. Those songs can become favorites of hers when she is born (yes, she now has the ability to remember those).
Your 36 Week Ultrasound
When you go in for an ultrasound at week 36, you may notice your baby’s facial features have developed even more. Her cheeks have filled out and she looks more like a baby in the images.
You’ll probably see some interesting movements from your baby, whether she’s awake or asleep during the ultrasound. That’s because she’s beginning to act more and more like the baby you’re going to see in a few weeks.
Changes in You
This is the last month of pregnancy. You may be waddling to get around more than walking. If you weren’t sure if this was your imagination or not, it’s not. Your body’s hormones are triggering a loosening of the connective tissue in your body and that’s going to make it more difficult for you to walk. See? It’s not just the size of your belly that’s causing you to twaddle.
You’ll also notice an increase in pelvic pain. This is due to the pressure from the baby’s head dropping deeper into the birth canal.
What You Should be Doing
You’ll also notice that if your baby does drop this week, it will relieve pressure on your diaphragm, making it easier for you to catch deep and refreshing breaths.
If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to take an infant CPR class. Odds are you’ll never have to use it, but in the unlikely event that it becomes necessary, you’re going to appreciate it so much more.
Ending Week 36
You’ll probably begin feeling your baby moving around less, but don’t be alarmed by this. Your baby simply doesn’t have the same amount of room to move, so she’s going to be doing less activity.