Tuesday, April 24, 2012

36 weeks

Your Baby in Week 36 of Pregnancy

Your baby's skull isn't the only soft structure in his little body. Most of your baby's bones and cartilage are quite soft as well (they'll harden over the first few years of life) — allowing for an easier journey as your baby squeezes through the birth canal at delivery. At 36 weeks, the skull bones are also not fused together yet so that the head can easily (well, relatively easily) maneuver through the birth canal.   

So your little bruiser (who you've now learned won't be bruising you all that much with those soft bones) is now about six pounds in weight and measures slightly more than 20 inches in length. Growth will experience a slowdown now, both so your baby will be able to fit the narrow passageway to the outside and also so he or she can store up all the energy needed for delivery.

By now, many of your baby's systems are pretty mature, at least in baby terms —  and just about ready for life on the outside. Blood circulation, for instance, has been perfected and your baby's immune system has matured enough to protect him or her from infections outside the womb. Other systems, however, still need a few finishing touches. Once such notable example: digestion — which actually won't be fully mature until sometime after birth. Why's that? Inside his or her little gestational cocoon, your baby has relied on the umbilical cord for nutrition, meaning that the digestive system — though developed — hasn't been operational. So your baby will take the first year or two to bring that system up to speed.

My belly info:

Week: 36
Starting weight: 98
Weight now: 122
Fundal height (measurement, in centimeters, of uterus....usually round abouts equivalent to your gestation week): 32 (at my 35 week appointment)

Things of note:

First off, *sigh* I wish I could tell you that I'm all sunshine and rainbows and I'm happily enjoying the last weeks of my pregnancy, but that would be a big fat lie. I'm beginning to wonder if it's possible for Timothy to break my ribs? Surely that's what he is trying to do. I swear he's going to pop my ribs out of place with his feet. And I believe he has dropped even further into my pelvis because that all enjoyable pelvis and hip breaking pain has come back. Not to mention cramps and pain and Braxton Hicks from hell that tells me my body is doing it's job right and preparing for labor in the next couple weeks (but man oh man does it feel like he'll come any day!). I feel sorry for my family because I'm grumpy. lol But at least I'm not sick! ;)

I'm measuring small. Last Thursday at the birth class (I was 35 1/2 weeks then) my midwife and I had an appointment before the class. She told me I was measuring at 32 weeks. She didn't seem too worried....I mean, I am small and Anthony and Molly were only 6 and 7 pounds at birth respectfully, but it's in my nature to worry a tad. I also haven't been gaining much weight. I'm still on the weight gain rebound after the train wreck of sicknesses I was on. Hopefully my lack of weight gain isn't affecting Timothy. I suppose I wont worry about it unless my midwife gives me a good reason to. In the mean time I will eat anything I want, whenever I want. No PB&J or brownie is safe!

Anyhow, the birth class was good. There were about 5 other couples there along with my Midwife and her partner Midwife. We talked about the signs of labor, when to call the Midwife, the stages of labor, pain relief techniques, birthing in the birth tub, what happens after the birth, what the Midwife's roll would be, breastfeeding, etc. etc. I was able to get a few questions answered, but held off on others and will just have them answered at my appointment this week. I should be getting the birth tub delivered when she comes this week since I'll be 37 weeks on Sunday!

And now for the photo! 

With love,
Mama Hauck


  1. Sorry you aren't feeling great. You're so small I can't imagine how much it hurts to carry the baby all day :/ Must hurt your back girl. love ya

  2. Ahhh you're so tiny!!!! I was once there not long ago. I went into labor with Jackson weighing 132. Lost a bunch and then got pregnant with Hamp. Then after Hampton I couldn't seem to lose it :( So now I'm your weight with NO baby, ugh! I'm betting that baby is growing wonderfully. And you look beautiful!!

    My mom actually popped a rib when she was pregnant with me or my sister, don't remember which. But she's tiny too and was obviously then. Ouch! Those little jabs sound so sweet though, cherish them in case it's your last! I know I want be having anymore babies, I think I miss the feet pokes though ;)

  3. I can't believe you're so far along!! I've been away from the computer for so long that I missed reading about the whole pregnancy journey. You look beautiful and I love your belly pictures :)
    I'm really excited to read about your home birth...I debated going that route with Ethan but in the end, just never got it together to do it. I have several friends who have though and they rave about the experience.
    Thank you for your comment on my post, it really means a lot to know that someone I've only met in the online world is pulling so strongly for me. Makes my heart swell :)

  4. @ Jill....hurts my back and everything else! lol

    @ Mandy....Fastest way to loose 10+ pounds is to have a baby. ;) But yes, after the initial weight loss I agree, it gets difficult to loose that remaining weight. Boo. Oh my gosh! I hope I don't pop a rib! LOL I definitely do cherish all the movement....that's the best part of pregnancy!

    @ Lorilynne....Well guess you have to back read! hehehe Thank you. :) YES, I'm super excited about my home birth! I'm glad to have the opportunity to have one and I look forward to sharing the experience on my blog! And you are very welcome. I think about you all the time and it's funny each time I would go to send you another comment asking where you are, you do a post, lol. Glad you got me on FB now!


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