How will I feel during week 36 of my pregnancy?


While the anticipation of the baby’s birth may elicit feelings of excitement, the physical impact of the growing fetus and the changes associated with the body’s preparation for birth are significant. The large uterus and the hormone related loosening of the ligaments in the pelvis result in the waddling gait of pregnancy as well as some discomfort in the hips and pelvic area. The large uterus is also putting pressure on the digestive organs resulting in heartburn and indigestion, as well as shortness of breath related to the pressure of the large uterus on the diaphragm and lower chest. The good news is, as the fetus moves into the pelvis in anticipation of labor, breathing becomes easier. On the other hand the fetus is now placing pressure on the bladder resulting in the need to urinate frequently.

By the time you reach week 36, you may be feeling quite anxious about a number of factors. Many women wonder if they've gained the right amount of weight, along with general delivery worries. Remember that weight gain is natural, and you may even chalk it up to swelling due to an increase in estrogen in the last part of your third trimester. You may also be considerably more uncomfortable, due to the position of your baby at the bottom of your uterus, which can affect your urination, digestion, and walking. However, it is important to practice relaxation at this time.

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