Pregnancy Week 36

It is now 35 weeks from your last menstrual period. Your baby is now at 33 weeks gestation and is almost 12 1/4 inches long from crown to rump (16 1/2 inches from head to toe) and weighs about 5 pounds.

Since your baby is done taking most of the iron he or she needs, your hemoglobin (iron) is coming back up. If labor started, it probably wouldn’t be medically stopped as your baby has an excellent chance now.

Advice for Mom

Lightening may occur at any time now as your baby drops into your pelvis.

Start planning for postpartum now. Get some support teams in place for housekeeping, meals, and laundry. The best advice is don’t be proud and accept any help that is offered!

Don’t forget that expectant fathers also have needs! They sometimes doubt their parenting skills and wonder what life will be like once the baby arrives. Support and communication are very important.

Some cultures have baby showers before the baby is born. Others wait until after the baby is born.

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