Most women feel like they are “done being pregnant” by the thirty-sixth week. One probably still suffers from fatigue, constipation, insomnia, pregnancy pains, restlessness, haemorrhoids, and everything else. Pressure in the lower abdominal area is referred to as lightening or engagement. Some women find that walking is incredibly difficult, while others have adapted to their pregnant bodies. Some women experience urinary tract infections, or UTIs, at this point. These are caused by constant trips to the restroom and haemorrhoids. One may be feeling the baby resting on the pelvic bones. One may also experience higher blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
The baby is still packing on the pounds – at the rate of about an ounce a day. Baby’s shedding most of it’s downy covering of hair (lanugo), as well as the waxy substance (vernix caseosa) that protected the skin during the long amniotic bath. Baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture called meconium that will form the contents of the first bowel movements. The baby is about the size of a head of romaine lettuce, length is 18 ¾ inches and weighs 5 ¾ pounds.
Decreased appetite, breathing easier, lower abdominal pressure are the symptoms seen during this week.