What is important to know during week 36 of my pregnancy?

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At the end of the 36th week of your pregnancy, your baby is nearing full-term. Therefore, it is important to know the telltale signs of labor and the difference between the normal Braxton Hicks contractions you've been feeling and the contractions that indicate labor. You should call a doctor if you experience painful contractions that last one minute long and are five minutes apart. You may be in labor if you have these contractions along with any vaginal bleeding, intense pelvic pressure, or a change in vaginal discharge. If the discharge becomes heavy or is tinged with water, mucus, or blood, contact your physician.

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