Your Body – Week 36

Flying out somewhere? Think again. It is highly unlikely that you will feel like traveling anywhere. Even if you do think of flying, some airlines have a policy of not allowing women who are in likely to deliver within 30 days to travel. This is the last month of your pregnancy, so better stay put!

So, what should you do this week?

  • You may enter the ‘nesting’ phase (weeks 35-36). Your energy levels soar in the final month of pregnancy.  You may find yourself wishing to do a sudden spring-cleaning of your home.
  • The pressure initially felt in your lower abdomen (due to the growing uterus) drops down your belly. This is known as ‘engagement’ or ‘lightening’. When this happens, your lungs, ribcage, and stomach get some space to stretch a little.  This may ease the shortness of breath and heartburn to some extent. But, there is an increase in the pressure on the bladder making you want to pee more.
  • So far you must have put on around 10-15 kgs in your pregnancy. Now this week, the weight gain starts to drop. So something to feel happy about.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions increase in frequency.
  • So far if you have had an uncomplicated pregnancy, avoid traveling as you can go into labor anytime.

Bear in mind to consult your doctor if you notice/feel a decrease in your baby’s activity, think you’re leaking amniotic fluid, have vaginal bleeding or fever, have a severe/persistent headache, constant abdominal pain or have vision changes. All these could have serious implications, so better be on the safe side and continue monitoring any slight changes in your body.

Common symptoms this week:

  • Frequent urination
  • Heartburn
  • Leaky breasts

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