WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

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As you approach the third trimester of pregnancy, your baby’s development is rapid and it’s common to experience aches and pains as the weight you’re carrying increases.

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You might soon begin to feel the urge to ‘nest’ and get everything ready for the new addition to your family. It can be an incredibly exciting time, but also a frustrating one if you’re like most mums who can’t wait to meet their baby. It’s also perfectly natural to feel nervous about labour.

Section gives you a week-by-week guide to the ways in which your baby’s developing inside you and helps you to prepare both emotionally and physically for labour and birth.

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3RD TRIMESTER

47 cm | 6 lb

Week 36

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Week 36 Pregnancy

Although at this late stage in your pregnancy your baby weighs around 6lb they’re growing plumper by the day and could be gaining as much as 5oz a week. And at roughly 47cm in length, there’s not much room for movement.

It’s around this time that your baby will start to move deeper into your pelvis ready for birth – this is known as ‘engagement’ or ‘lightening’ because it should give you a little relief from the heavy feeling of pressure under your ribs. If your baby hasn’t already done so, they’ll also move into position with their head pointing downwards – or become ‘engaged’.

Frequent toilet trips will be unavoidable at this stage as your womb presses against your bladder. Although it’s tempting to drink less, so you don’t have to go so often, it’s important to stay well hydrated. Reducing the amount you drink before bedtime will mean fewer trips during the night – just remember to make up for it during the day. And always empty your bladder before bed.